Karen Sieve says her family history of colon cancer led her to get her first colonoscopy, despite being active and feeling great. She says her first screening showed two precancerous polyps. She was not scheduled to be seen again for three years. After a just a few months she began feeling tired and short of breath. That's when she went to Siteman. Sieve underwent surgery and her original cancer was completely resected. Sieve participated in a clinical trial and says she was pleased to be able to help others on her journey to being cancer free.
Gene "Smiley" Leuckel, 79, is a basketball player and colon cancer survivor. His physician at a veteran's hospital referred him to the Siteman Cancer Center following a checkup. Leuckel says he received excellent care from his surgeon Matthew Mutch, MD. Leuckel now has a colostomy, but he says it hasn't kept him from continuing to play basketball with "the young guys."
Craig Stiegemeier was 55 years old when he was diagnosed with melanoma. The disease eventually spread to his brain and other parts of his body. He says he found comfort in the holistic approach at the Siteman Cancer Center. And that medical oncologist Gerald Linette, MD, PhD, gave him hope. In this video Craig, along with his wife and daughter, shares his cancer story.
Lecil Saller was referred to Siteman's David Mutch, MD, after a mass was found on her ovaries during a physical examination. Dr. Mutch was able to remove all of the disease, and she has been successfully treated through three recurrences. Saller says because of the high level of care she has received for a decade at Siteman, she is able to still do all the things she enjoys, including spending time with her grandchildren.
In July, Siteman Cancer Center's bone marrow and stem cell transplant program completed its 5,000th transplant. Because transplant patients spend so much time at Siteman during their treatment, our nurses form special bonds with many of them.
Since its beginning 31 years ago, the Siteman Cancer Center bone marrow and stem cell transplant program has grown to one of the largest in the world. The program completed its 5,000th transplant in July on a patient with multiple myeloma. Siteman's John DiPersio, MD, PhD, and Peter Westervelt, MD, PhD, discuss the progress the program has made and how cutting-edge research and treatment at Siteman continue to save more lives.
Surgeon Ryan Fields, MD, says the work being funded now through events like the illumination Gala will lead to novel treatments that are only dreamed about now. For Fields, researching new treatments for cancer has a personal tie. A roommate of his during medical school died at a young age of colon cancer. He says he takes that experience with him as he treats patients and looks for new and better ways to treat each patient individually. In this video, Fields talks about the advances in genetics and immunology and what that means for personalized cancer care.