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.


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

Q:  What do I need to bring with me to the office visit?

A:  Bring your insurance cards, current public assistance notification, driver’s license or other picture identification, and the completed history form sent to you in the registration packet. 

Q:   Do I need a driver or someone to come with me?

A:  You usually do not need a driver to come with you but there are exceptions.  Those who drive from a long distance may be scheduled for an outpatient biopsy in the radiology department the same day and should have someone to drive them home.  If you already know you have been diagnosed with cancer and will be speaking to the physician about surgery, it is wise for you to have a driver or other person come with you.  The other person (usually a family member) can be part of the conversation and ask questions you may not have thought about before the visit.  If you are feeling anxious and overwhelmed, the person who comes with you can help remember the information you were given and provide support.   

Q:   Do I need to bring my mammogram films with me?  Do I need to bring my pathology slides if I had a biopsy done at another hospital before coming to the Breast Center?

A:  No, the staff at the Breast Center will make arrangements with the facility where you had your mammogram or biopsy done to obtain the films or pathology slides.  We ask for them to be sent to us before your visit for review and recommendations to help guide your care before your arrive for your office visit.  Rarely, do we ask you to bring them with you. 

Q:   What happens to me when I come to the Breast Center?  What will I do there?

A:  You will report to the receptionist desk.  She will take copies of your insurance card and verify your identity.  You will be called to one of the exam rooms by a staff member who will take your blood pressure, pulse and temperature.  You will also be weighed and measured for height.  You will be asked to undress from the waist up and wear a hospital gown.  You will be examined and your health history will be taken by the physician, nurse practitioner or a resident from the School of Medicine.  You  will also be seen by the physician or nurse practitioner handling your case.  At no time is a patient seen only by the resident.  All planning for your care is done under the direction of the physician responsible for your care. 

Q:   Do I need to be NPO?  Can I take my medications? 

A:  You do not need to be NPO for your first visit.  You can take your usual prescribed medications. If you are scheduled for a biopsy in the radiology department,  you would be instructed to avoid taking Aspirin, Motrin/Ibuprophen, Aleve, Coumadin or any other medication that thins your blood.  The nursing staff would notify you before the office visit if a biopsy was being scheduled and you could not take your medication. 

Q:   Am I going to have a biopsy done the day of the visit?

A:  You probably will not have a biopsy done the day of your visit.  If a biopsy needs to be done in the radiology department and it is scheduled for the same day, you will be notified by the nursing staff before the visit.  This applies primarily to our patients who are driving long distances to receive services at the Breast Center.   There are a few instances when a skin biopsy or other biopsy procedure will need to be done during the office visit.  These procedures can be done in the office using lidocaine to numb the area . 



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