Cancer Center Expands in West County

March 10, 2008 – This summer, it will become even easier for St. Louis County residents to receive world-class cancer care close to home when the Siteman Cancer Center moves to a new location on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur. Beyond more room, the facility will offer an expanded array of services, including radiation therapy services.

"Virtually everything one of our cancer patients would need will be available for the first time at this location, including many support services", says Shirley Johnson, RN, MS, MBA, Siteman's executive director of oncology services. Patients will have more convenient access to one of the nation's top cancer centers for treatment.

The new facility, set to open in July, will occupy space in Physician Office Building 2, just behind the hospital. As with the current facility, located at 969 Mason Road, patients will have access to medical oncologists who are Washington University Physicians, on-site lab testing and clinical research studies. Treatment space will expand, increasing from five to 14 exam rooms and from 14 to 28 chairs for chemotherapy administration.

For patients who need radiation therapy, those services will be offered at the new location in late 2008, when the installation of a linear accelerator and computed tomography (CT) scanner is complete. In addition, Siteman surgeons who specialize in treating gastrointestinal, lung and urological cancers will continue to see patients in existing offices on the hospital campus.

Siteman – the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Missouri and within 240 miles of St. Louis – has operated a facility in west county since 2001.