Siteman Cancer Center Expands to Illinois

Siteman Cancer Center Expands to Illinois

Patients to be seen at Swansea clinic until new facility opens at Memorial Hospital East

Siteman Cancer Center opened its first treatment facility in Illinois on August 1. The Swansea, Illinois, facility marks Siteman’s sixth location overall.

The treatment center offers convenient access to nationally recognized cancer care, including clinical trials, for residents of southern and central Illinois and beyond. The initial site is at 4000 North Illinois Lane; however, a new facility is being planned for the Memorial Hospital East campus in nearby Shiloh, Illinois, that would open in early 2020.

Only Center of Its Kind in Region

Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the region.

“Siteman Cancer Center is pleased to be able to extend into Illinois the exceptional cancer care provided by our Washington University physicians,” said Dr. Timothy J. Eberlein, Siteman director. “Construction of our newest facility in Illinois during 2019 also will mark a milestone, as Siteman recognizes our 20th year of providing care for patients, now on both sides of the Mississippi River.”

Siteman’s location in Swansea formerly housed The Cancer Treatment Center and Illinois Oncology Ltd. Radiation oncologists Drs. Susan Laduzinsky and Jason Lee, previously with The Cancer Treatment Center, and nurse practitioner Rhonda McCabe began offering care August 1 as part of Washington University Physicians in Illinois, Inc., a physicians group affiliated with Washington University and dedicated to providing clinical care in Illinois. They join Washington University medical oncologists Drs. William J. Popovic, Alfred O. Greco, Guillermo Rodriguez Jr., and John L. Visconti, previously with Illinois Oncology Ltd., who already practice at the Swansea facility.

Jointly Operated

Memorial Hospital East and Washington University Physicians in Illinois, Inc. will jointly operate the new Siteman facility when it opens in early 2020.

“Together, we will offer the most advanced cancer care in the region, along with access to leading-edge clinical trials, in a location closer to home for Illinois residents,” said Mark J. Turner, president of Memorial Regional Health Services, which includes Memorial Hospital East and Memorial Hospital Belleville.

Siteman is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center within 275 miles of St. Clair County in Illinois. An interMemorial national leader in cancer care, research, prevention, education, and community outreach, Siteman was established in 1999 with a $35 million gift from Alvin J. and Ruth Siteman. Since then, it has grown to become one of the five largest cancer centers in the country based on the number of patients treated—50,000 people each year, including 10,000 who are newly diagnosed.

“Care at Siteman is backed by the innovative research of Washington University scientists and physicians,” said Dr. John DiPersio, Siteman deputy director. “With the expansion, we are able to provide convenient access for Illinois residents to treatments and research programs that have the potential to benefit patients.”

Registered nurses coordinate care at all Siteman facilities through the Patient Care Coordination Center. To make an appointment, call 800-600-3606 toll-free from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, or visit