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By Judith Vandewater, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Jan. 4--The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center has achieved the National Cancer Institute designation as a comprehensive cancer center. The distinction carries additional federal research funding of $21 million over five years, and it puts the St. Louis institution in the ranks of the nation's top cancer centers.
Siteman combines the cancer care and research resources of Washington University Medical School and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. It's the only cancer center in Missouri with a National Cancer Institute ranking, setting it apart from hospitals that cluster services in cancer centers that have not submitted to the rigorous process. Siteman's patient volumes make it one of the largest cancer centers in the nation.
The center treated 6,000 …