Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine

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A Message from the Executive Director

Aziz Khan, Executive Director of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Aziz Khan
On behalf of the physicians and staff at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at SIU, thank you for visiting our website.

Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU 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. Information about each of the cancer care teams ( is provided on our website.

Learn more about ( the work being done by our cancer researchers in our labs. Collectively, they have successfully achieved external grant funding in excess of $14 million. 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 dietary and nutrition counseling. Other services offered are yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Pilates and exercise programs specifically for cancer patients. Pet therapy, Reiki massage and drumming are also a part of the growing program schedule.

Please take a moment to explore our website and learn about the Cancer Institute. We welcome your questions and comments as we continue to serve the people of downstate Illinois.

The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through medical education, biomedical research, patient care and community service.