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: Our physicians treat an average of 741 new cases of pancreatic, liver, gallbladder and bile duct, and stomach cancers a year, 320 new cases of pancreatic cancer alone – far more than other facilities in the region.
What this means for 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 this means for you: Knowing the genetic make-up of your cancer yields important information about which treatments may be more effective.
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 frequent recommend a promising trial 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 is one of the top centers in the U.S. for treating pancreatic, liver, gallbladder and bile duct cancer because of the long-standing and specialized expertise.
What this means for you: A high volume research center decreases the mortality and complication rate of these complex surgeries.
Fact: Siteman surgeons are involved in clinical trials to test new techniques for destroying tumors, including cryosurgery (freezing) and radiofrequency ablation, especially for liver tumors.
What this means for you: As a patient, you have more treatment options based on your individual case and circumstances.
Fact: Siteman radiologists use advanced imaging like PET and ultrasound to more accurately identify good candidates for liver surgery.
What this means for you: It spares those who are not good candidates for liver surgery from the complications of a futile procedure to focus on more promising therapies.
Fact: Siteman radiologists have created novel ways to deliver radiation from outside and inside the liver to target single and multiple tumors with less damage to surrounding tissue.
What this means for you: Delivering radiation right to where it is needed is a more effective therapy and gives you better outcomes in specific cases.