Welcome to Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU
The mission of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU 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.
A Team Approach to Comprehensive Cancer Care
Dealing with cancer is difficult for everyone, but for a cancer patient, it’s important to have an entire team working on your behalf. You need the most accurate information, the latest treatments, and the most comprehensive team of specialists available.
When you and your family come to Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI), our team of cancer care specialists will help you make the best, most informed decisions about your treatment. This comprehensive approach to cancer care is what sets us apart from the rest. Our physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other specialists become part of your team, working together in your battle against cancer.
Cancer clinical trials are available to cancer patients at SCI through the Cancer Community Oncology Program sponsored through the National Cancer Institute and through specialty society cancer protocols as well. Our medical oncologists and our surgical cancer specialists offer a breadth of expertise unparalleled in the region.
Dealing with cancer is difficult for you, your family, your loved ones –the SCI team works with you to make the most informed decisions, provide you with state-of-the-art care and ensure that the services you need to make this journey are there for you.
Our patient navigator at SCI, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, provides access to support services and resources for the many healthcare-related issues that face cancer patients and their families. Resources include locating financial assistance programs for various treatment related needs, help with insurance questions, transportation to treatment appointments, and programs that provide wigs, hats and temporary prostheses.
SCI volunteers will help you find your way in our building, assist you with a wheelchair or help you find a wig, hat or scarf in our first floor Just for You Salon. If you need assistance with a wheelchair after you’ve parked your car, please pull up in our circle drive first and ask for assistance. We will meet you at your parked car with a chair.
The “Just for You Salon” offers wigs, hats, and scarves at no cost to cancer patients with limited financial resources. The salon works in cooperation with the local American Cancer Society to provide free wigs and wig fittings to anyone who has lost their hair due to chemotherapy or other illness. Hats and scarves are also available. Patients are invited to make an appointment, by calling 217-545-7493, and come into the salon for a personalized fitting. While appointments are preferred, walk-ins are also welcome.
NOTE: Parking access from Carpenter Street ONLY
From the North: I-55 South toward Springfield. Take the Clear Lake Avenue exit. Continue to follow Clear Lake which becomes E Jefferson. Turn right onto N 2nd St. Turn left onto E Carpenter St and travel 3 ½ blocks. 315 W Carpenter St is on the right.
From the East: US-36 / I-72 toward Springfield. Stay straight to go onto Clear Lake Ave. Continue to follow Clear Lake which becomes East Jefferson. Turn right onto N 2nd St. Turn left onto E Carpenter St and travel 3 ½ blocks. 315 W Carpenter St is on the right.
From the South: I-55 North toward Springfield. Merge onto 6th St via Exit 92A-B. Follow 6th St for 4.8 miles. Turn left onto East Jefferson St / IL-29 N / IL-97 N. Turn right onto N 2nd St. Turn left onto E Carpenter St and travel 3 ½ blocks. 315 W Carpenter is on the right.
From the West: I-72 E / US-36 E toward Springfield. Take exit 93 IL 4 North/Veterans Parkway. Follow Veterans Parkway for 5.9 miles. Turn right onto W Jefferson St (IL 29). Turn left onto N Rutledge St. Turn left onto W Carpenter St. 315 W Carpenter is on the right.