The Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU

The SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at SIU is 63,000 square feet. With three floors and a lower level, it consolidates most of the School's multi-disciplinary cancer clinics, now located in several hospital buildings, along with research and outreach services.

Stained glass window at SCI

This beautiful stained glass window is located on the second floor of the cancer institute. The piece was created by Al Sievers of Batavia, Il.

Healing Garden

"In terms of healing, a garden and the ability for patients to have that opportunity to step away from what is going on in their head and relax is so important," said Dr. K. Thomas Robbins, director of the SIU Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Walkway

There is a walkway between The Baylis Medical Building and The Breast Center to help with easier access.

The Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU

The Women’s Health Care Cancer Center is located on Level 2 and includes X-ray, ultrasound, mammography, nine exam rooms and a minor procedure room. Also located here are SIU’s offices for cancer research and clinical trials teams as well as an office for the Breast Cancer Network of Strength support group.

The Breast Center at SIU : 315 W.Carpenter Street : Springfield, IL 62702 : 217-545-7432

Since the opening of the Breast Center at SIU, we have emphasized the importance on interdisciplinary, or the team approach to breast cancer care in the Breast Center's mission. This means that the surgeon, the cancer specialist, radiologists, chemotherapy and medical staff plan your treatment plan together on your first visit. You will leave our offices that day with a treatment plan. We firmly believe that interdisciplinary care offers a more comprehensive and higher quality of care to both the patient and the patient's family.

The established components of interdisciplinary breast cancer care are: 

  • The development and adherence to critical pathways for diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance
  • Team presentation of all treatment options
  • Consensus treatment planning
  • Treatment approaches guided by evidence based medicine

Patients at the Breast Center at SIU truly benefit from truly coordinated care. They are tracked throughout the entire course of consultation, treatment, and recovery by nursing staff to assure that appropriate resources are provided, questions are answered in a timely manner, and all necessary emotional support is provided.

Photo of weekly conference at the Simmons Cancer Institute
"Our team approach to treatment provides the forum for discussion of treatment plans for breast cancer patients and results in consensus for their treatment."

Our weekly interdisciplinary conference serves as the forum for discussion of breast cancer patients and the development of a comprehensive treatment plan for each individual patient, reached by consensus among the various cancer specialists in attendance. This consensus decision is recorded and serves as the basis for all future care to be provided.

All of us value the advantages of this "team" approach to breast cancer care. The team approach makes the entire process more convenient for the patient by allowing her to see all of the physicians and medical staff in one setting on one day, further emphasizing the fact that everyone is working together.

The Breast Center team of physicians and scientists continue to achieve and maintain the highest level of accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). A recent survey of our Center revealed 100% compliance on 27 standards reviewed in the accreditation process.

We rededicate ourselves to maintaining this level of quality because serving our patients in the best way possible remains our highest priority here at the Breast Center at SIU.