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 for 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: Siteman has one of the largest volume bone marrow/stem cell transplant programs in the world, doing about 500 transplants a year.
What this means for you: You are on a dedicated unit for your transplant with special HEPA filtering systems to prevent infection while your blood components are low.
Fact: Siteman pioneered the development of genomic testing for precision, targeted treatment. Treatment is targeted to the genetic components of the cancer.
What this means for you: Knowing the genetic makeup of your multiple myeloma yields important information about which treatments may be more effective against your cancer.
Fact: Multidisciplinary care teams at Siteman provide nationally recognized expertise in diagnosis and treatment of your cancer.
What this means for 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 has the most clinical trials in the region and frequently a promising trial is recommended as a first-line treatment.
What this means for you: The standard of care at a research hospital is often clinical trials, meaning you get treatments not otherwise available.
Fact: Siteman leads the way in using immunotherapy and pursuing research on promising vaccines.
What this means for you: Immunotherapies stimulate your body’s own natural defenses to fight cancer growth.
Fact: Novel combinations of chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplant are being used to effectively treat certain cancers.
What this means for you: Sometimes your best treatment is a combination, which is why each person is treated individually.