Siteman Cancer Center

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Lecil Saller was referred to Siteman's David Mutch, MD, after a mass was found on her ovaries during a physical examination. Dr. Mutch was able to remove all of the disease, and she has been successfully treated through three recurrences. Saller says because of the high level of care she has received for a decade at Siteman, she is able to still do all the things she enjoys, including spending time with her grandchildren.


NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visited patients at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine and helped raise money for the "Cancer Frontier Fund."

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Gene "Smiley" Leuckel, 79, is a basketball player and colon cancer survivor. His physician at a veteran's hospital referred him to the Siteman Cancer Center following a checkup. Leuckel says he received excellent care from his surgeon Matthew Mutch, MD. Leuckel now has a colostomy, but he says it hasn't kept him from continuing to play basketball with "the young guys."


Since its beginning 31 years ago, the Siteman Cancer Center bone marrow and stem cell transplant program has grown to one of the largest in the world. The program completed its 5,000th transplant in July on a patient with multiple myeloma. Siteman's John DiPersio, MD, PhD, and Peter Westervelt, MD, PhD, discuss the progress the program has made and how cutting-edge research and treatment at Siteman continue to save more lives.

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Karen Sieve says her family history of colon cancer led her to get her first colonoscopy, despite being active and feeling great. She says her first screening showed two precancerous polyps. She was not scheduled to be seen again for three years. After a just a few months she began feeling tired and short of breath. That's when she went to Siteman. Sieve underwent surgery and her original cancer was completely resected. Sieve participated in a clinical trial and says she was pleased to be able to help others on her journey to being cancer free.


In July, Siteman Cancer Center's bone marrow and stem cell transplant program completed its 5,000th transplant. Because transplant patients spend so much time at Siteman during their treatment, our nurses form special bonds with many of them.

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Erica Griffin was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer after initially being told by her physician that a lump in her breast was likely a cyst. Griffin says she was rocked her to her core. After her diagnosis, she came to the Siteman Cancer Center where she says surgeon Julie Margenthaler, MD, gave her peace of mind. Griffin is five years out from her original diagnosis and says she is very optimistic about her future.

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Don Cummings was preparing for early retirement when a physical led to a lung cancer diagnosis. He underwent aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Lannis Hall, MD, MPH, says the type of cancer Cummings had will often recur in the brain. He underwent measures to prevent this from happening. Cummings now volunteers at Siteman - St. Peters where he was treated.