On Sept. 4, 2010, during the Siteman Cancer Center Day at the Ballpark event at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, cancer patients and survivors talked about their experiences and provided advice for other patients and survivors.
Erica Griffin was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer after initially being told by her physician that a lump in her breast was likely a cyst. Griffin says she was rocked her to her core. After her diagnosis, she came to the Siteman Cancer Center where she says surgeon Julie Margenthaler, MD, gave her peace of mind. Griffin is five years out from her original diagnosis and says she is very optimistic about her future.
The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is an international leader in cancer treatment, research and prevention. The Siteman Cancer Center is the only cancer center in Missouri and within a 240-mile radius of St. Louis to hold the prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. And, Siteman is recognized consistently among the best cancer centers in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
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.