The Siteman Cancer Center is one of only 41 institutions in the United States to hold the prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a branch of the federal government's National Institutes of Health. Siteman announced it had received this honor in January 2005.
The comprehensive designation is awarded by the NCI through its cancer centers program. The program recognizes several types of cancer centers based on their degree of research specialization. The comprehensive designation is the highest level of distinction. To earn it, Siteman underwent a rigorous review of its programs by experts in the cancer field.
Siteman was awarded comprehensive status because of its strong basic and clinical research programs; programs in cancer prevention, control and population-based research; and a body of interactive research bridging these areas. Siteman also was recognized for outreach and education efforts aimed at residents of the St. Louis region and health-care professionals.
As part of its comprehensive designation, Siteman received a five-year, $21 million cancer center support grant from the NCI. The grant provides funding for programs and specialized services that promote multidisciplinary research. These funds also support shared scientific resources and seed awards that enable investigators to develop and pursue new research opportunities. The grant is in addition to $160 million in cancer research and related training grants currently held by scientists and physicians affiliated with Siteman.