Saint Luke’s Hospital Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer has a singular goal: improving the outcomes and quality of life for women with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer. We believe in more than just treating cancer—our team is dedicated to caring for the whole woman.

The Koontz Center difference

Our dual approach to care includes personalized treatments that uses advanced genomics and immunotherapy. The Koontz Center is the only program in the region to offer this type of comprehensive care to women with advanced breast cancer. While receiving the latest leading-edge cancer treatment from our experienced oncologists, women also benefit from services such as:

  • Emotional support and support groups
  • Exercise physiology, massage, and yoga
  • Nutrition planning
  • Palliative care
  • Spiritual counseling

During your first consultation, you’ll meet with our full team of metastatic breast cancer experts. At the end of the day, you’ll receive a customized treatment plan that will incorporate the recommendations of the entire care team. 

Access to the latest clinical trials

Saint Luke’s has access to leading-edge clinical trials, including National Cancer Institute and industry trials through our clinical trials agreement with the internationally recognized Washington University School of Medicine. 

Schedule your consultation online or call 844-522-2201.

Precision Genomics

The Saint Luke’s Center for Precision Oncology uses advanced genomic sequencing to identify the specific genomic anomaly causing your cancer. Our team of specialists can identify a medication proven to treat your specific mutation, even if it is a drug typically used with a different type of cancer. 

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Kelly C Gast, MD

Oncology / Hematology

Whitney Lee Hensing, MD

Oncology / Hematology

Timothy J Pluard, MD

Oncology / Hematology


Saint Luke's Hospital Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer


Saint Luke's Hospital Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer

4401 Wornall Rd, Peet Center 3rd Floor, Entrance C
Kansas City, MO 64111 

Saint Luke's News

Oct. 27, 2023
Health News You Can Use: Innovative Treatments & Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer
Dr. Tim Pluard, medical director of Saint Luke’s Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer and of Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute, talks about innovative treatment options for breast cancer and clinical trials offered at Saint Luke’s.
Oct. 13, 2023
Health News You Can Use: Metastatic Breast Cancer and Saint Luke's Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer
This week during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re talking about metastatic breast cancer and Saint Luke’s Koontz Center—the region’s only center dedicated and designed specifically for these patients.
Oct. 10, 2023
KSHB: Kansas City Woman Starts Fund for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research
KSHB talked to Dr. Tim Pluard about how research is advancing treatment and leading to improved outcomes for Brooke and other women with metastatic breast cancer.