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 Reports.
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 personalized, 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 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 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.