Siteman Cancer Network
About the Network
Siteman Cancer Network, an affiliation led by Siteman Cancer Center, is committed to improving the health and well-being of people and communities through research, treatment and prevention. Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo., one of Missouri’s top hospitals and part of BJC HealthCare, is the first network member. Together, Siteman and Boone Hospital Center are expanding access to cancer prevention and control strategies, clinical studies and genomic and genetic testing, all aimed at reducing the burden of cancer.
Network affiliates, including others to be named later, will provide their patients greater access to highly specialized cancer care, including clinical trials, which are designed to evaluate the effectiveness of innovative cancer therapies. By participating in a clinical trial, patients can gain access to experimental therapies that are not yet available to the public. The institutions also jointly will assess the burden of cancer in their respective regions and plan ways to prevent and control the disease.
Boone Hospital Center
Boone Hospital Center has joined the Siteman Cancer Network, an affiliation led by Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, to improve the health of Mid-Missouri residents and communities through cancer research, treatment and prevention.
The first network affiliate, Boone Hospital Center and its Stewart Cancer Center, are working with Siteman to expand access to cancer prevention and control strategies, clinical studies and genomic and genetic testing.
Siteman will provide Boone Hospital Center patients concierge services to coordinate and expedite any care Siteman might provide in the St. Louis area, with the goal of getting patients back home and under the care of Boone Hospital Center physicians as quickly as possible. Coordinated care will continue for as long as it benefits the patient.
Other key components of the affiliate network include the:
- Use of genomic and genetic testing to help identify the cause of a patient’s cancer, and more personalized, targeted treatments based on his or her disease.
- Development of a database using that information (with each patient’s permission) to improve clinical care and research and patient outcomes for the larger patient population.
- Sharing of best practices to improve patient care. Examples include how nurses and radiation therapists are trained to care for oncology patients, and implementing industry-approved guidelines for survivorship, screening and genetic counseling programs.
- Implementation of cancer prevention strategies, such as the use of interactive tools, e-books, videos, individual coaching and online cancer risk assessment tools.
- Development of targeted interventions to reduce cancer risk and evaluation tools to measure success.
These and other efforts also are expected to increase the number of people screened for cancer, which should result in earlier detection and improved health outcomes.