2015 Cancer Program Annual Report

In 2015, 236 new patients were added to the cancer registry at OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center. One such patient was Wanda Retzer Deffenbaugh. When she was treated for colon cancer, Wanda found the entire staff at OSF Saint Anthony's to be supportive and compassionate.

Read Wanda's Story

Letters from our Leaders

"We are blessed each year to hear the stories of our cancer survivors – they are truly an inspiration to us all. As a health care executive, I hear of the challenges of individuals facing cancer each and every day. It is our goal as health care professionals to provide hope, care and comfort to those in need."

Ajay Pathak, President, OSF Saint Anthony's

> Read Ajay's letter here

"Caring for the health and needs of our patients requires a team representing many specialties. This team communicates, evaluates and strives to ensure coordination for the highest quality of care for every patient. To ensure delivery of the highest level of care possible, we annually compare our data to national benchmarks, including the National Cancer Database and the American Cancer Society."

James V. Piephoff, MD, Chairman, Oncology Committee > Read James' letter here

Outreach Services

OSF Saint Anthony's provides a variety of outreach programs.



OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center provides a wide range of cancer screenings and cancer programs in and around the Alton community, including support programs for cancer patients and their families.

Support Services

Patients receiving care from our Cancer Center of Excellence participate in conferences with physicians and receive education and counseling from trained oncology nurses during their course of treatment.

Additional Resources

OSF Saint Anthony's works with a variety of agencies in the area to provide resources for the cancer community. This includes the 80 by 2018 initiative, which aims to reach 80% screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.


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Hear it from our patients

Hope, determination and faith are common traits shared by the patients of OSF Saint Anthony's Cancer Center of Excellence. Here are their stories.

George and Thelma Friemann

George and Thelma Friemann, of Bunker Hill, have been through a lot in their 55 years of marriage. Through kids, career changes and retirement, the couple thought they had been through it all. Until they both were diagnosed with cancer.

Willie Heindricks

Willie Heindricks had a persistent sore throat. He was losing weight and having difficulty swallowing and over-the-counter medication didn't seem to help. The Jerseyville resident didn't think too much about it until he started coughing up small amounts of blood. Willie had throat cancer.

Ernie Hyman

Ernie's shortness of breath was slowing him down, they decided he should get his heart checked out. It turned out his heart was not the issue. It was his colon. Ernie had stage III colon cancer.

Cancer Registry

The Cancer Registry plays an integral role in our American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) accredited program.

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Public Reporting of Outcomes

Learn more about outcomes from activities completed by our cancer program.

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