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

Cancer of the breast is very common. American women have a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer during their lifetime. The risk, however, is much higher for those women who have other family members with these types of cancer.

Genetic testing has been available for many years.  The test is called a BRAC Analysis.  It is done as a simple blood draw or an oral swish to obtain DNA samples.  The test looks for the two cancer susceptibility genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2.  Women and men who are positive for either of these gene mutations are at much higher risk for breast cancer, breast cancer in the opposite breast and for women, ovarian cancer.  The onset of these cancers is typically earlier for those individuals with mutations in one of these susceptibility genes.

  BRCA Mutation General Population
Breast Cancer 56-87% 8%
Ovarian Cancer 27-44% <1%
Male Breast Cancer 6% 0.05%
Breast Cancer in the opposing breast or reoccurs in the same breast 48-64% 2-11%

The SIU Breast Center staff use the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines listed below to identify those persons who qualify for genetic testing.   

The medical providers at the SIU Breast Center can help you determine whether you are a candidate for genetic testing using the guidelines. 

Cancer of the breast is very common. American women have a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer during their lifetime. The risk, however, is much higher for those women who have other family members with these types of cancer.

The genetic counseling and obtaining the specimen is done by the Nurse Practitioner.  For complicated cases requiring further genetic investigation, a clinical geneticists and board certified genetics counselors with expertise in breast cancer genetics are also available.
All insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid provide coverage for genetic testing when the above guidelines are followed.  There are laws in place that prevent discovery of your test results by anyone other than your medical providers and discrimination by insurance providers or employers.  These are the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) laws.  
If are interested in genetic testing or have further questions, please contact the SIU Breast Center at 217-545-7432. 
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