2012 Barnes-Jewish Hospital Report to the Community

Charles Watkins

Charles Watkins
Charles Watkins, St. Louis, Missouri

Finding cancer care a breeze in South County

Charles Watkins says he's thankful for the treatment he received for prostate and bladder cancer at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine right here in St. Louis. He's also grateful to now be able to receive follow-up care at the cancer center's newest satellite location, which provides cancer care to residents in south St. Louis County and surrounding areas in Missouri and Illinois.

Siteman Cancer Center-South County opened in January 2013, near the intersection of Interstate 55 and Butler Hill Road. Siteman also operates satellite cancer centers at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur, Mo., and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in St. Peters, Mo.

"Because we are the largest provider of cancer care in the region, our patients often travel long distances to be treated," says Siteman Director Timothy Eberlein, MD. "Our new south county location allows patients to see Washington University physicians and receive world-class cancer care closer to their homes and families."

The 37,000-square-foot outpatient center offers physician consultations, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Multidisciplinary care is provided by medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons. Patients may see as many as three physicians and have their treatment plan determined in one visit.

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Charles Watkins

Charles had two years of treatment—including chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy for his cancer. He now visits Siteman Cancer Center-South County for monitoring and treatment as needed. "Everybody is there to find a cure for cancer," he says.

10,636 Siteman Cancer Center support groups, classes and programs had 10,636 participants in 2012. This includes the Arts as  Healing program, lymphedema garments, nutritional supplements, psycho-oncology counseling, education programs, support groups, turbans, wigs, bras, drain bags and yoga.