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Simmons Cancer Institute and Passavant Hospital Announce Partnership

A new partnership between Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville will expand area cancer patients’ access to cancer care.
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Laurent Brard, MD, PhD

SIU Med School, Wash U Partner to Explore Rural Cancer Health Disparities

"Cancer research is critical to our region," said SIU School of Medicine principal investigator Laurent Brard, MD, PhD. "Our ultimate goal is to improve the health of patients in southern and central Illinois."
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Could Flaxseed Prevent a Recurrence of Ovarian Cancer?

A new clinical trial at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is the first in the United States to examine the effects of flaxseed supplementation in women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
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Dr. Khan

Dr. Aziz Khan Named Endowed Chair of Excellence in Oncology

Dr. Aziz U. Khan, executive director of Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, chief of the division of hematology oncology and professor of clinical medicine, has received the Simmons Cancer Institute Endowed Chair of Excellence in Oncology at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.
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Dr. Alanee

SIU Med School Exclusive Site for Bladder Cancer Clinical Trial

Combined Drug Therapies May Prevent Need for Surgery
A new clinical trial for bladder cancer has opened exclusively at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. The trial will combine the current use of drug therapy placed inside the bladder with a new, intravenous drug that increases the response of the immune system.
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Dr. Khan Makes Pledge

SIU Med School Pledges 80% by 2018 -
Movement Aims to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Southern Illinois University Center for Family Medicine, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), recently became the first FQHC in Illinois to sign the 80% by 2018 pledge, a shared goal of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and the American Cancer Society.
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Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Opens at SCI

Prostate Cancer Clinical Trial Opens at SCI -
Patients with rising PSAs may qualify for study

Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield was recently chosen as one of the sites for a new clinical trial for treatment of prostate cancer therapy. Robert Mocharnuk, M.D., associate professor at the School of Medicine, will serve as the study’s principal investigator at SCI. Approximately 1,500 men nationwide will be enrolled in the trial.
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Faces of Hope

Thank you to the many who participated in the Faces of Hope presentation shown at Denim & Diamonds!

Dr. Hazelrigg Video Dr. Stephen Hazelrigg talks about the 'Team Approach' to cancer care at Simmons Cancer Care and how it benefits patients.

Colorectal cancer survivor Kris Castleman talks about her experience with surgeon Dr. Jan Rakinic and the Simmons Cancer Institute.

Dr. Ganai

Dr. Sabha Ganai, Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology at Simmons Cancer Institute explains her approach to patient-focused cancer care.

McVary Video

Dr. Kevin McVary, Professor and Chair of urology at SIU School of Medicine explains what urology is and what drew him to the practice.


Dr. Shaheen Alanee, head of urologic oncology at SIU School of Medicine, explains the importance of using magnetic resonance imaging to diagnose prostate cancer.

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