Siteman Advantage

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 me: 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: Our physicians treat an average of 900 new lung cancer cases each year – far more than other facilities in the region.

What this means to me: This experience in the treatment of chest cancers means we are able to offer the latest in diagnostic tests and cutting-edge treatments.

Fact: Siteman pioneered the development of genomic testing for personalized, targeted treatment. Treatment is targeted to the genetic components of the cancer.

What this means to me: Knowing the genetic make-up of your cancer 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 me: 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 has the most clinical trials in the region and frequent recommend a promising trial as a first-line treatment

What this means to me: The standard of care at a research hospital is often clinical trials, meaning you get treatments not otherwise available.

Fact: Washington University researchers at Siteman are pioneers in the development of a machine combining two often-used types of scanning – PET and CT. It provides high-quality images of body structures as well as cancer activities in the cells, at the same time in a single scan.

What this means to me: Because the scan reveals so much, it can find the smallest cancer that has metastasized, or spread, to other parts of your body. Treatment can then target the cancer with the least amount of damage possible to the rest of the body.

Fact: Novel combinations of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are being used to effectively treat certain cancers.

What this means to me: Often, combining chemotherapy and radiation helps each work better at destroying cancer cells in your body.

Fact: Siteman is one of only a few facilities in the country with a dedicated chest surgery unit, treating the most difficult cases. Each year, these surgeons perform about 400 lung removals.

What this means to me: Siteman surgeons remove an entire lung only when absolutely necessary. They often perform a “sleeve resection,” in which the cancer in the main bronchus, or air tube, is removed and the ends of the tube are reconnected to salvage the healthy part of the lung so the lung can function better.

Fact: Siteman’s radiation oncology team is a pioneer in developing methods that target lung tumors and avoid radiation damage to surrounding normal tissue by using strategies that are tailored to each patient’s needs.

What this means to me: By using MRI to help guide radiation therapy treatments in real time, your team can see where the radiation dose is being delivered and if subtle changes are occurring to the tumor or surrounding tissue, adjusting dosage as needed.