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: Members of your skin cancer team routinely meet to coordinate and discuss treatment options for patients. In these multidisciplinary meetings, careful consideration is given to determining the best approach to treatment.
What this means for you: 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 pioneered the development of genomic testing for personalized, targeted treatment. Depending on tumor type, treatment may be 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: For certain types of skin cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery is performed by specially trained physicians at Siteman who make sure the cancer is completely removed. After removing the first layer of skin containing the cancerous tissue visible to the eye, they map the surgical site. Next, they microscopically examine the remaining skin tissue in the affected area to determine if there is more cancer to be removed. This entire process is done all in the same procedure.
What this means for you: The advantage of this procedure over others is its level of precision – physicians remove only the skin tissue that is cancerous, which reduces the potential for a larger scar.
Fact: Clinical trials are constantly expanding our understanding of available cancer treatments and frequently result in improved, more effective therapies. For example, Siteman researchers have developed a vaccine to treat melanoma currently being tested.
What this means for you: The standard of care at a research hospital is often clinical trials, meaning you get treatments not otherwise available. Promising treatments make it into clinical practice faster and while being treated, you are also helping raise the standard of treatment nationwide.
Fact: For multiple melanomas of the extremities that recur and can’t be surgically removed, Siteman has the only isolated limb perfusion regional chemotherapy program in the region.
What this means for you: By isolating the blood supply in that leg, much higher doses of chemotherapy can be concentrated there without affecting the rest of the body. Having ILI as an option helps avoid amputation of the cancerous limb and offers the best chance of controlling the disease.
Fact: Your team includes dermatologists, dermatologic surgeons, medical and surgical oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists and plastic surgeons, providing a collective expertise not always available at other cancer centers.
What this means for you: Your specific case is treated individually and not given a standard treatment without consideration of what makes you unique