Fact: The Siteman Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Missouri and is ranked among the top cancer facilities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
What this means to you: They provide a full range of cancer diagnosis and treatment options led by specialists at the top of their field, many involved in leading-edge research on novel therapies.
Fact: Physicians at Siteman were the first in the area to perform laparoscopic colectomy for cancer.
What this means to you: If your cancer is confined to the colon, your surgery will be less invasive and your recovery time shorter.
Fact: Siteman pioneered the development of genomic testing for precision, targeted colon cancer treatment.
What this means to you: Knowing the genetic makeup of your tumor yields important information about which treatments may be more effective and what won’t work, sparing needless complications.
Fact: Multidisciplinary care teams at Siteman provide nationally recognized expertise in diagnosis and treatment of your cancer.
What this means to you: In short, your doctors talk to each other, face-to-face, on a weekly basis and plan the right care for you and your specific cancer.
Fact: Siteman is the only center in the area to offer transanal endoscopic microsurgical excision for benign rectal polyps and early stage cancers.
What this means to you: This minimally invasive approach to anal cancers offers better magnification and improved ability to remove lesions and can even be used in more advanced cancers along with radiation.
Fact: Novel combinations of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are being used to effectively treat rectal cancer while reducing toxicity.
What this means to you: Less than 5 percent of rectal cancer patients who receive this combined care have local recurrence of their cancer, compared to 10-15 percent in the rest of the country.
Fact: Tailored treatment plans for individual patients provide the most effective therapy for each given patient, rather than treating all patients the same.
What this means to you: You are an individual with a specific cancer that requires a unique approach for the best outcome possible.
Fact: Siteman is the only center in the world performing MR-guided adaptive radiation therapy to treat colorectal cancer while assessing the position of critical structures such as the small bowel and bladder, so radiation oncologists can adjust, or adapt, the radiation to the patient every day.
What this means to you: Oncologists at Siteman can treat the most complex colorectal patients safely.
Fact: Siteman has more clinical trials than any other cancer center in the region, with around 500 studies currently available.
What this means to you: If your cancer needs a novel therapy, it is more likely to be available at Siteman than anywhere else in the area.