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 it 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: Siteman is nationally recognized for its expertise in patient care and research, and is the largest gynecologic oncology program in the Midwest with a full continuum of services to treat women with gynecologic malignancies. Specialists here see almost 650 new cases each year and manage more than 10,000 outpatient visits annually.
What it means to you: This experience in the treatment of these cancers comes with cutting edge diagnostic and treatment options you won’t find in most medical centers.
Fact: Siteman pioneered the development of genomic testing for personalized, targeted treatment. Treatment is targeted to the genetic components of the cancer.
What it means to you: 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: All patients undergoing biopsies have their tissue samples interpreted by a team of pathologists that is solely dedicated to reviewing gynecologic oncology cases.
What it means to you: They see more of each type of cancer than anyone else in the region, allowing tailoring treatment with an accurate diagnosis.
Fact: Siteman has the most clinical trials in the region and frequent recommend a promising trial as a first-line treatment
What it means to you: The standard of care at a research hospital is often clinical trials, meaning you get treatments not otherwise available.
Fact: Designated a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in Endometrial Cancer
What it means to you: You benefit from both the process and the results. A high volume research center decreases the mortality and complication rate of complex surgeries.
Fact: Many gynecologic cancers have a genetic link. Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer may be more likely to have ovarian cancer themselves.
What it means to you: Genetic counselor provides an individualized assessment of cancer risk and up-to-date information regarding cancer genetics, based on testing and a detailed evaluation of your family and personal health history.
Fact: Besides gynecologic cancer physicians, your team includes radiation oncologists, nurses, a psychologist, a social worker and genetic counselors. They meet weekly to discuss patient care, providing a collective expertise not always available at other cancer centers.
What it means to you: Your specific case is treated individually and not given a standard treatment without consideration of what makes you unique. 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 offers the latest fertility preservation treatments for both men and women who undergo chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery to treat their cancer.
What it means to you: Specialists in our Infertility and Reproductive Medicine Center offer oocyte (egg) and embryo banking as well as sperm banking through cryopreservation (freezing).
Fact: Siteman nurse coordinators and advanced-practice nurses care exclusively for patients with gynecologic cancers. They are intimately involved in education, coordinating appointments, scheduling tests and acting as a liaison between you and your physicians.
What it means to you: A dedicated nursing staff is more in tune with your specific cancer because they only care for gynecologic cancer patients and have a breadth of experience that helps support you physically and emotionally. Hospitalized patients have their own gynecologic cancer unit.