SLU Cancer Center Is Awarded Pancreatic Cancer Designation
Saint Louis University Cancer Center has been recognized by the National Pancreas
Foundation as an NPF Cancer Center. The prestigious designation notes SLU’s commitment
to multidisciplinary care and further demonstrates SLUCare’s excellence in pancreatic
medicine and cancer care.
NPF Cancer Centers recognize institutions that prioritize multidisciplinary treatment
-- treating the “whole patient” -- with an emphasis on the best possible outcomes
and an improved quality of life.
“Saint Louis University Cancer Center is the only cancer center in the region to
receive this distinction,” said Nishant Poddar, M.D., assistant professor of hematology
and oncology at SLU and a SLUCare cancer doctor. “I’m proud that our dedication to
well-rounded patient care has rightly been recognized.
“Quality care for cancer patients is about much more than a single health care provider
or a single therapy. We aim to offer excellent multidisciplinary medical care, academic
expertise and therapeutic support with our specialists in medical oncology, surgery,
gastroenterology, radiation oncology and radiology, as well as pain management, psychiatry,
nutrition, and many other disciplines.”
Poddar will serve as director of the NPF Pancreatic Cancer Center at SLU.
NPF Cancer Centers are premier health care facilities that focus on the best possible
outcomes and an improved quality of life. Centers are awarded after a rigorous audit
review and must meet the criteria that were developed by a task force made up of invited
subject matter experts and patient advocates.
Because there can be inconsistencies in the level of care received by those who have
pancreatic cancer, NPF initiated its designation program to help patients identify
centers that provide quality care. The NPF Cancer Center designation aims to help
facilitate the development of high-quality, multidisciplinary care approaches for
Designated centers also will seek to advance research and lead the way for heightened
awareness and understanding of pancreatic cancer among community physicians, allied
health professionals, patients, families and the general public.
The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) grants two kinds of designations: one for pancreatitis
and one for pancreatic cancer. Saint Louis University and its physician practice,
SLUCare, hold both. The current recognition of the Cancer Center follows last year’s
NPF Center designation to Saint Louis University’s SLUCare Center for Pancreatic and
Biliary Diseases for pancreatitis. Read about it here.
Saint Louis University Cancer Center is supported by SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.
SLUCare Physician Group
SLUCare Physician Group is the academic medical practice of Saint Louis University,
with more than 500 health care providers and 1,200 staff members in hospitals and
medical offices throughout the St. Louis region. SLUCare physicians are among the
most highly trained in their fields - more than 50 specialties in all - and are national
and international experts, renowned for research and innovations in medicine.
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction
of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates
physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health
care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new
cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, liver disease, heart/lung disease,
aging and brain disease, and infectious diseases.
The National Pancreas Foundation
Founded in 1997, the National Pancreas Foundation provides hope for those suffering
from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer through funding cutting-edge research, advocating
for new and better therapies and providing support and education for patients, caregivers
and health care professionals. The NPF is the only foundation dedicated to patients
suffering from all forms of pancreas diseases. For more information visit: www.pancreasfoundation.org.