St. Peters Facility Begins $7.2 Million Expansion

Oct. 28, 2010 – The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital began a $7.2 million construction project in October that involves the expansion of current facilities and the installation of cutting-edge treatment technologies. When complete, the expanded facility will include an additional 5,425 square feet and a convenient connection to the hospital’s outpatient surgery and endoscopy center.

The new treatment technologies that will be added during construction include:

  • A linear accelerator that uses image-guidance technology to focus a radiation beam directly on a tumor. The system can target tumors that would otherwise be difficult to treat due to their proximity to optic nerves, the spinal cord or brainstem, skull base and other critical organs.
  • A new brachytherapy unit that uses a miniature X-ray source and robotic controller to deliver therapy directly to cancerous tissue with minimal damage to healthy tissue. This therapy is used primarily for early stage breast cancer, endometrial cancer and skin cancer. It can be performed in a minimally shielded setting, allowing medical personnel to be present and reducing patient anxiety. Treatment time can be reduced from 6 to 8 weeks to as few as 5 days.
  • A powerful multi-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner that has already been installed as part of the expansion. This imaging system enables doctors to balance image quality with radiation dose and contrast volume for a broad range of patient body types, including those with a high body mass index.

“This expansion will enable us to serve even more patients in this area with nationally recognized cancer care closer to their home,” says Timothy Pluard, MD, medical director of the Siteman Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and a faculty member at Washington University.

The facility addition, designed by the Lawrence Group architectural firm, is being built by Alberici Constructors Inc. and CB&E Construction Group and is expected to be open by summer 2011.