The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine enhanced access to unparalleled care by announcing in 2010 a new location in south St. Louis County.
A 38,000-square-foot, one-story building, under construction at I-55 and Butler Hill Road will house medical oncology and chemotherapy services, radiation therapy, cancer surgical subspecialties consultation, cancer support services and a laboratory.
This announcement came on the heels of a new Siteman location in 2008 on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and the construction of a location in St. Charles County at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in 2005.
“The same Washington University physicians affiliated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital in the Central West End treat patients at these locations,” says Timothy Eberlein, MD, Siteman Cancer Center director. “Patients now have more convenient access to one of the nation’s top cancer centers for treatment.”
The only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center within a 240-mile radius of St. Louis, Siteman provides patients with access to clinical trials, the latest treatment options and new technology well before most community hospitals. For those who have regular chemotherapy or radiation oncology visits, having access to such therapies closer to their homes allows for an enhanced patient experience.
Construction is expected to be completed on the south St. Louis County location in late 2012.
Siteman Cancer Center leading prevention efforts for a healthier community
Part of the Siteman Cancer Center’s role as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center is the development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention in your community.
Thanks in part to funding from the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation, the Siteman Cancer Center has enhanced its cancer prevention efforts through additional research and expanded resources to develop a better public understanding of cancer.
The process began in 2006, when Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, was recruited by Washington University School of Medicine from Harvard University to become associate director of prevention and control at Siteman. Dr. Colditz leads ENERGY, an ongoing study that looks at how weight impacts breast cancer recurrence. The study is examining ways to help breast cancer survivors develop behaviors that improve and promote long-term weight control. Colditz’s team also developed “8 Ways to Prevent Cancer,” a list of research-based ways a person can lower his or her risk of cancer – as well as heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and diabetes.
“The prevention and control program creates a complement between discoveries in biological science and effective interventions. ... The challenge is to add ways to identify cancer risks and to change behavior to lower risk and improve people’s lives.”
The “8 Ways” are an outgrowth of Dr. Colditz’s evidence-based risk assessment tool “Your Disease Risk,” a free website (yourdiseaserisk.wustl.edu) that allows users to gauge their individual risk of developing various diseases, including cancer.
“Prevention is not high-tech like bone marrow transplantation,” says Timothy Eberlein, MD, Siteman Cancer Center director. “It’s about how we improve access to medical care, create education and screening programs, and establish partnerships with communities. With these initiatives, we can touch the whole population of our region.”