Saint Louis University Cancer Center Annual Report: 2010 

Director's Report

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It is with great pleasure and honor that I have the opportunity to address you in the 2010 Annual Report of the Saint Louis University Hospital Cancer Committee and the Saint Louis University Cancer Center. 

The year 2010 was very busy for Saint Louis University Cancer Center and the Cancer Program at Saint Louis University Hospital.  We saw the arrival of several new physicians and also experienced significant growth and development in many of our existing programs.  All of these developments are a continuation of our goal to provide the most up-to-date and compassionate care for all of our patients in addition to working to evolve new clinical research programs and to continue our extensive efforts in community outreach.

In this issue you will have a chance to review some of the latest developments of some of our signature programs.  Highlighted are the outreach efforts carried out this past year and our progress in thyroid cancer research.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to be formally introduced to three of our new cancer specialists, Dr. Christy Dougherty of Radiology who specializes in mammography, Amy Parker who is a breast health nurse navigator and Dr. Beth Snell who is a Breast Cancer surgeon.  I think you will enjoy getting to know more about our three newest cancer clinicians.

Many of our other clinical programs continue to grow.  We have added new specialists in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Medical Oncology, Skull Base Surgery, Interventional Radiology and others.

I hope you enjoy this year’s Annual Report.  We are proud of the Cancer Program at  Saint Louis University Hospital and the Saint Louis University Cancer Center.  We have great hopes for our continued growth, expansion and impact on the community.

Sincerely yours,

Mark A. Varvares, M.D., F.A.C.S.
The Donald and Marlene Jerome Endowed Chair
     in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Professor and Chairman
Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Director, Saint Louis University Cancer Center