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: The Siteman Cancer Center is a world leader in the treatment of cancers of the endocrine system, including tumors of the thyroid and parathyroid. These tumors may occur as the result of an inherited disorder called multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN).
What this means for you: Your cancer treatment benefits from that long expertise in treatment and genetics.
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 and what won’t work, sparing needless complications.
Fact: In order to focus the maximum expertise available on each patient’s problem, weekly conferences meet to discuss endocrine cancer cases, like thyroid cancer, and head and neck cases that include thyroid cancers. They are attended by different specialties such as endocrinology, surgery, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists and pathologists.
What this means for you: Your specific case is treated individually and not given a standard treatment without consideration of what makes you unique.
Fact: Cancer from the parafollicular cells of the thyroid, or medullary cancer, is rarer and is often associated with the inherited MEN2 syndrome. Siteman has more experience in treating medullary cancer than any other center in the world, and has pioneered several aspects of its management.
What this means for you: Because this disease requires meticulous removal of the thyroid gland and the lymph nodes around it, that experience benefits each patient.
Fact: The thyroid gland is wrapped around the voice box, airway and vocal cord nerves. When these structures are affected by cancer or its treatment, Siteman’s head and neck surgeons offer expertise in voice and vocal nerve restoration.
What this means for you: Not only does your cancer get treated effectively, but the expertise is available to repair any functional or cosmetic issues from treatment.