Siteman extends cancer care to St. Charles

World-class cancer care is coming to St. Charles County.

The Siteman Cancer Center, the School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital recently announced a partnership that will bring a new cancer center to the campus of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital.

Slated to open this fall, the $7 million facility will combine the convenience of a community hospital with the expertise of a nationally renowned cancer center and medical school, allowing patients access to School of Medicine research and clinical trials.

“We are pleased that through this partnership we are able to bring these high-caliber services to the people of St. Charles and its surrounding communities,” said Timothy J. Eberlein, M.D., director of the Siteman Cancer Center.

In January, the Siteman Cancer Center joined the highest-ranking cancer research and treatment institutions with a designation by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.

This distinction recognizes Siteman’s broad-based research, outreach and educational activities — and provides Siteman with $21 million in research funding, adding to the $130 million in cancer research grants already held by researchers and clinicians affiliated with Siteman.

“Being prepared to bring cutting-edge clinical services and clinical research studies to our community in the most convenient manner possible is part of what it means to be an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center,” said Eberlein, also the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor, the Bixby Professor and head of the Department of Surgery.

Medical oncologist Timothy Pluard, M.D., has been named the medical director of the St. Charles center.

Trained at WUSTL School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, Pluard brings more than 15 years experience as a medical oncologist to the center. He began seeing patients on both the Medical and St. Peters campuses Feb. 1.

The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital will offer a complete array of services, including medical and radiation oncology; cancer screening programs; and a full range of educational, nutritional, spiritual and support services for cancer patients and their families.