Siteman Cancer Center


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."

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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


Sharon Milligan's cancer journey started with a tickle in the back of her throat. She thought she was getting a sore throat, but the diagnosis turned out to be much more serious. Sharon had a tumor in her throat. The reality of the diagnosis and possible permanent affects of treatment began to weigh on her. In this video she details those thoughts, fears and her steps in approaching treatment at the Siteman Cancer Center.

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Don Cummings was preparing for early retirement when a physical led to a lung cancer diagnosis. He underwent aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Lannis Hall, MD, MPH, says the type of cancer Cummings had will often recur in the brain. He underwent measures to prevent this from happening. Cummings now volunteers at Siteman - St. Peters where he was treated.


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.

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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.