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

Patient Centered: 

Comparison of Breast Health Work-up

Common Breast Care Practice outside SIU Breast Center:

A 55 year old woman detects a lump in her breast on self-exam and makes an appointment with her health care provider which may take several days or a week. 

  TIMELINE TYPE OF VISIT OR PROCEDURE PERFORMED
Step 1 Day 1 Visit with Primary Health Care provider or Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Step 2 up to 1 week Mammography
Step 3 1 or 2 weeks Recall for additional images, breast ultrasound and / or needle core breast biopsy if needed. If results indicate a need for a surgical consultation, an appointment is schedueled.
Step 4 1 or 2 weeks Visit with surgeon
Step 5 up to 1 week Excisional Biopsy in the Operating Room or needle core biopsy
Step 6 within 1 week Visit to surgeon for biopsy results
Step 7 within 1 week If cancerous, return to Operating Room for Mastectomy or Partial Mastectomy. Plastic surgery for reconstruction may or may not be an option in some facilities. When plastic surgery is an option, the time for the surgery may be delayed another 1 or 2 weeks or longer pending the avaliability of the plastic surgeon.
Step 8 3-4 weeks later Appointments are scheduled with the medical and radiological oncologist when the surgery site is healed.

The total time for women to receive services in this scenario is a minimum of 2 weeks. 
The average time is 4 weeks but can take as long as 8 to 12 weeks. 

Model of Care at the Breast Center at SIU: 

A 55 year old woman detects a lump in her breast on self-exam.
Example A:  Woman has had a complete work-up done at an outside facility and referral is made to the Breast Center.  Copies of all mammograms, breast ultrasounds, biopsies, surgical reports and pathology reports are requested by the Breast Center for review prior to the appointment. 

  TIMELINE TYPE OF VISIT OR PROCEDURE PERFORMED
Step 1 Day 1 Consult with breast surgeon.  Plastic surgeon consultation, genetics counseling, further imaging and additional biposies may all be scheduled on this day depending on the reports obtained from the referring facility. 
Step 2 1 or 2 weeks Surgery procedure performed in the Operating Room, when indicated.
Step 3 Within 1 week Multidisciplinary conference held to determine treatment options.  Meet with the medical and radiology oncologists to discuss the treatment options.  Meet with the plastic surgeon, if not previously scheduled, social worker and psychologist when indicated.

Example B:  The woman or her attending physician call the Breast Center to schedule an appointment but no work up has been done.

  TIMELINE TYPE OF VISIT OR PROCEDURE PERFORMED
Step 1 Day 1 Woman is scheduled for a mammogram with immediate interpretation.  If needed, a diagnostic mammogram, Ultrasound or Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) can be completed on the same day.  Occasionally, if needed, a stereotactic biopsy or ultrasound guided biopsy will also be done on the same day.
Step 2 within 1 week or less Consult with surgeon.
Step 3 1 or 2 weeks or less Surgery procedure performed in the Operating Room, when indicated.
Step 4 within 1 week or less Multidisciplinary conference held to determine treatment options.  Meet with the medical and radiology oncologists to discuss the treatment options.  Meet with the plastic surgeon, if not previously scheduled, social worker and psychologist when indicated.

Comprehensive:

SIU Breast Center offers a wide range of services to address your needs whether physical, emotional or financial.   

Core services at the Breast Center include:

Along with these core services, the Breast Center works cooperatively with Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital to provide on-site diagnostic services including:

The Breast Center also offers second opinion services including: