Cancer Center

Strength behind every patient. Compassion in everything we do.

It's news no one wants to hear. But if cancer should touch you or a loved one, you’ll want the very latest in treatment options, the best trained professionals including a team of top doctors, and the most advanced cancer-fighting technology -- all in a comfortable setting.

Our 35,000-sq. ft. Cancer Center combines these critical components in a location designed by doctors, nurses and cancer patients. That’s because decades of experience have taught us that comfort and compassion are just as important as the science of medicine. Therefore, our comprehensive treatment planning includes equal measures of both.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 314-996-5151 or contact the Cancer Center online.

Cancer Research - the leading edge of finding a cure.

The Cancer Center at Missouri Baptist is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP), which allows patients and physicians to participate in state-of-the-art clinical trials for cancer prevention and treatment while in their local communities. There are only 66 CCOPs currently funded across the nation. This means that through the Heartland Cancer Research Program, led by our oncologists, we can offer the latest cancer research trials to our patients.

By participating in clinical research studies, our patients benefit from the development of new drugs and treatments, and help build upon a legacy that will benefit future cancer patients.

Plus, our cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons and the Joint Commission.

Caring for you, as well as helping you fight your cancer.

Recognized as one of the region’s outstanding cancer programs, our Cancer Center is organized around these basic principles:

  • Comprehensive treatment -- we use state-of-the-art technology to bring you the most advanced cancer-fighting treatments.
  • Multidisciplinary approach -- our team of doctors brings together the medical specialists you need to plan and implement your care. Our cancer specialist also keep your primary care physician informed of your progress every step of the way.
  • Compassionate care -- we strive to support you during what can be the most difficult time for you and your loved ones. For many years, the physicians and healthcare professionals at Missouri Baptist Cancer Center have provided state-of-the-art cancer care to patients where they live – in their communities.
  • Research & Clinical Trials – our goals are to provide cutting-edge research advances to our patients and to participate in discoveries that will benefit the next generation of cancer patients and people who are at risk for cancer.
  • Art, Pet and Massage Therapy -- a service provided by our Cancer Support Center, these programs enhance the quality of life of our patients and family members, and are an integral part of our your plan of care.

Our Cancer Center also offers a Healing Garden where patients may go to find a peaceful retreat or, when possible, receive treatments by the side of our reflecting pool. Our infusion areas are equipped with wireless internet for patients and loved ones. And, our Cancer Support Center is there to answer any questions to help you and your family throughout this journey.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Cancer Center at 314-996-5151 or contact the Cancer Center online.

Commission on Cancer Accredited Program
Tip of the Day

7 cancer warning signs

  • Chronic constipation, diarrhea, blood in urine, stool
  • Persistent skin or mouth sores that bleed
  • Any unusual bleeding or discharge
  • Lump in breasts, testicles, lymph nodes
  • Chronic indigestion, difficulty swallowing
  • Changes in wart, mole
  • Persistent coughing

Listen to your body

An odd lump, persistent cough, or blood in the stool? “Don’t ignore a warning sign. See your physician for evaluation,” said Deborah Wienski, MD, Missouri Baptist medical oncologist. Early detection and treatment increases the chance for a successful outcome.

Screenings help find cancers early

Dr. Deborah Wienski, Missouri Baptist medical oncologist said, “Screenings help detect some cancers early, often before symptoms appear. Recommended are: Mammograms and Pap tests for women, prostate exams for men, and colonoscopy by age 50 for most men and women.”

Can lifestyle changes help prevent cancer?

Positive lifestyle habits can enhance health and reduce cancer risk. Eat a healthy low-fat, high-fiber diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables (minimum five servings daily). Note: Obesity plays a role in some cancers, such as ovarian, breast and endometrial.

New advances in cancer testing, prevention

“If a sibling or parent is diagnosed with cancer at a young age, genetic testing may determine inherited risk,” said Dr. Deborah Wienski, medical oncologist, Missouri Baptist. If predisposed, frequent screenings and sometimes prophylactic treatment to prevent cancer are recommended.

Tips to reduce your cancer risk

“Don’t smoke,” said Deborah Wienski, MD, medical oncologist, Missouri Baptist. Lung cancer remains the most common cancer, and often caused from smoking or tobacco use. Also, limit alcohol, protect your skin, exercise regularly and properly handle chemicals and fibers.

New advances in colon screening

Colongraphy? It’s a virtual colonoscopy, and another advance in cancer prevention. This procedure uses a series of X-rays, instead of a colonoscope, to take pictures of the colon in a non-invasive way to screen for colorectal cancer.

Are you a man over 50?

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of deaths in males. Prostate screenings are recommended if you are a man age 50 or over (age 40 or over for African Americans) or have a family history of prostate cancer.

What women need to know about prostate cancer

It’s the second most common cancer in men
One in six men are diagnosed in their lifetime
Survival rate is high when detected early
Screenings are painless, and should begin at age 50; age 40 if family history

Detecting prostate cancer early

By combining a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test with a digital rectal exam (DRE), men can improve their overall rate of prostate cancer detection. Early detection is key; screenings should begin at age 50; earlier (age 40) if family history.

What’s a prostate exam?

Doctors check the prostate, a walnut-sized gland below the bladder, for cancer by placing a finger into the rectum and pressing against the rectum wall to check its size and rigidity.  Also, a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test is done.

Enlarged prostate?

The most common prostate problem is an enlarged prostate. While benign, an enlarged prostate often causes urination problems, such as inability to empty bladder completely or frequent urination. An enlarged prostate and the same symptoms also can be prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer and robotic surgery

Better options exist today for prostate cancer, including da Vinci® robotic surgery to remove the prostate. The da Vinci reduces risk of impotency and incontinence, and often means shorter hospital stays; less pain, blood loss and scarring; and faster recovery.

Prostate screenings are painless

Prostate cancer is a silent disease. Screening should begin at age 50, or age 40 if African American or if there is a family history. It’s painless, quick and safe. It could save your life.  Make an appointment today.

Diagnosing breast cancer

Screening mammography, recommended at age 40, increases detection of early stage breast cancers. In recent years, the incidence of invasive breast cancers also has decreased. When detected early, treatments can begin in the earlier stages before more invasive cancers develop.

High-tech mammograms

Advances, such as digital mammography, help doctors find cancers in the earliest stages before it has spread to surrounding tissue. They can zoom in on digital images on high-resolution computer monitors and view areas of concern.

Ultrasound technology enhances diagnostic methods

In addition to digital mammography, breast centers now use ultrasound and breast MRI to further diagnose or rule out cancer, often to determine if a lump or mass is benign, a fluid-filled cyst or a solid mass.

Breast health: a 3-step approach

The best method to detect cancer is to check for signs or symptoms of the disease with:
1) Annual Mammogram (age 40 or older, unless your physician recommends otherwise)
2) Monthly Breast Self-Examination
3) Annual Breast Exam by Your Physician

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