Cancer & blood disorders

    A winning strategy for care delivery

    Simmons Cancer Institute is the premier cancer care center in the region, home to SIU Medicine’s hematology and oncology units. Cancer treatment plans are formed collectively by our oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, counselors and chemotherapy-certified medical staff. Unique plans are tailored to each patient. The multidisciplinary collaborations provide the most effective care for you and your family, in the most efficient manner possible.

    Commitment to our patients is strengthened through our participation in clinical trials and basic science research. Clinical studies test or compare new treatments with current standard treatments, to find better ways to prevent, screen, diagnose and treat cancer. Basic science researchers work toward discoveries in cancer biology that will lead to better detection, treatment and prevention options in the future. This combination of research advancements and a team approach provides improved care for our patients.

    SCI’s oncologists and health care professionals treat most types of cancer, including surgical management of benign and malignant tumors, all under one roof. 

    Specializing in cancer care


    Melanoma Clinic

    Dr. Aziz Khan, executive director of Simmons Cancer Institute, discusses the importance of identifying and treating melanoma early. 

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    Robotic surgery to treat head & neck cancer

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    Erica Austin

    SIU Medicine employee, breast cancer survivor to model at New York Fashion Week

    Community activist, local school board member and SIU Medicine deputy director Erica Austin will model at this year's New York Fashion Week in September at the (R)Evolution fashion show. Austin, who recently underwent breast cancer surgery, will walk the runway for Dana Donofree, a breast cancer survivor and the designer and founder of AnaOno, an international intimates clothing line for women with breast cancer.
    Senator Dick Durbin, Dr. Robert Mocharnuk

    Durbin visits Simmons Cancer Institute to discuss nationwide shortage of cancer drugs

    Senator Dick Durbin held a news conference at SIU's Simmons Cancer Institute to discuss the shortage of life-saving drugs for cancer patients. Last month, Durbin urged the FDA to use the agency’s authority to immediately address the ongoing shortage.

    SIU Pharmacy offers cancer patients convenience, expertise

    The SIU Pharmacy at Simmons Cancer Institute recently celebrated its 1-year anniversary. It's located next to the Infusion Unit on the first floor of the Cancer Institute at 315 W. Carpenter.

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    Screenings recommended to detect cervical cancer

    The CDC estimates that each year 11,500 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States, and almost 4,000 will die of this cancer. However, like many other cancers, cervical cancer is treatable, and early detection can help save your life.

    Enhancing cancer patients’ health outcomes with telehealth

    Telehealth, also known as telemedicine, can be a valuable tool for cancer patients to access medical care remotely. It can be particularly beneficial for cancer patients undergoing treatment, as they

    5 things a pediatric oncologist wants you to know

    Hearing the word "cancer" is an unnerving experience, especially if it's your child receiving the diagnosis. But as frightening as pediatric cancer can be, there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful

    Raise your breast cancer awareness

    On average, 1 in 8 American women will get breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. These women are our grandmothers, mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, aunts, friends, colleagues and community