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.
Washington University Physicians explain the benefits of getting treatment at the Siteman Cancer Center located in Creve Coeur at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. For more information, visit http://www.barnesjewishwestcounty.org/.
The S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at the Siteman Cancer Center is the only proton therapy center located in Missouri and the surrounding region. The center houses the world's first compact proton beam accelerator, called the Mevion S250™ Proton Beam Therapy System. Radiation oncologists and physicists here helped evaluate the system and developed the patient protocols and quality standards for this advanced technology.
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visited patients at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine and helped raise money for the "Cancer Frontier Fund."
The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is an international leader in cancer treatment, research, prevention, education and community outreach. It 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 membership in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
Clinical trials are research studies involving cancer patients. The studies are designed in many different ways. Some evaluate new cutting-edge therapies. Others compare two different treatments to determine which is better. Ultimately, the goal of each clinical trial is to quickly and safely find new and improved ways to treat cancer.
Physicians and staff members discuss why they think the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is a top 10 cancer center. Siteman was ranked No. 10 nationally by "U.S. News & World Report" in its 2012 "Best Hospitals" issue. The recognition is part of the overall ranking of Barnes-Jewish and Washington University, which are No. 6 on the news magazine's Honor Roll of best hospitals. For more information, visit http://www.siteman.wustl.edu/ContentPage.aspx?id=6169.