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About Simmons Cancer Institute

Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU (SCI) practices “the team approach” to cancer treatment. Our team – the surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, genetic counselors, therapists, nurses and medical staff – meet together to decide the best treatment plan when you or your family member receives a cancer diagnosis. When the patient leaves SCI after receiving a cancer diagnosis, it’s not with a list of appointments for other opinions about treatment. It’s with a treatment plan and the knowledge that their cancer care team is working for the best possible outcome.

Collectively, our researchers have successfully achieved external grant funding in excess of tens of millions. A large number of our physician faculty members also work with patients in clinical trials making new treatments and therapies available as cancer treatments advance.

In addition to patient care and research, many complementary programs and therapies are provided for our patients, their families and caregivers. These include support groups and other services such as yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Pilates and exercise programs specifically for cancer patients. Pet therapy, Reiki and drumming are also a part of the growing program schedule.