Providence Cancer Center (at Providence Hospital in Southfield)
The Providence Cancer Center delivers ground-breaking clinical care within a free-standing facility. In addition to the Chemotherapy treatment area as well as the Radiation Therapy department, Providence Cancer Center goes beyond traditional cancer care in that it offers clinical expertise utilizing the best technology in a manner which addresses mind, body, and spirit. The Providence Cancer Center promotes healing on all levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual.
Our Oncology Specialists are nationally known in cancer treatment and research. Providence is affiliated with leading national oncology research and treatment programs, offering the newest treatments and clinical trials to patients in southeast Michigan. From screening to diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care, to research, healing arts, and education ---all services are provided in this facility.
At the Providence Cancer Center, you will find:
- Board certified medical and radiation oncologists
- Oncology Certified Nurses and Physician Assistants
- Infusion Clinic
- Radiation Oncology Department
- Access to Clinical Trials from National Cooperative Groups as well as Pharmaceutical companies
- Multidisciplinary Approach to Cancer Care
- Healing Arts program offering an wide array of services such as Yoga, Massage, Tai Chi, Nutrition
- Psychosocial support offered through Oncology dedicated Social Workers
- Coordination of all services through Nurse Navigators
- Comprehensive Breast Center adjacent to the Cancer Center
- Individualized patient orientation program including the provision of a Health Care Manager booklet
The Providence Cancer Center is a leader among cancer treatment facilities. With the powerful combination of board-certified clinical experts utilizing state-of-the-art technology, treatment plans, and research, your cancer needs will be surpassed!
Cancer Treatment at Providence
Here are just some of the extensive programs and services we provide at the Providence Cancer Center.
Many types of cancer can be effectively treated with chemotherapy, the use of intravenous or pill-form drugs developed to target and kill cancer cells. For some cancers, chemotherapy may be the stand-alone treatment. Often it is combined with surgery or radiation therapy.
Through affiliations with national organizations and research partnerships, Providence’s medical oncologists are able to offer many progressive and aggressive cancer therapies. Clinical trials are available to patients who meet research criteria.
Certain cancer tumors can be removed through surgery. Sometimes surgery is a stand-alone treatment option. For other people, it may be combined with radiation and/or chemotherapy. Surgical specialization is available in breast, thoracic (lung and esophagus), colorectal, urological, prostate, pancreatic, and gynecologic cancers. Providence oncology surgeons also collaborate with diagnostic imaging radiologists to offer radiofrequency ablation to patients who are candidates for the procedure.
For many patients, treatment will be planned by a group of Providence specialists that includes surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses, and others from areas like plastic surgery and pulmonology if necessary. These Multidisciplinary Working Groups are designed to ensure that treatment plans are of the highest quality and effectiveness. Since diagnosis and treatment planning are streamlined, the time a patient typically might spend in multiple appointments is greatly reduced.
Multidisciplinary Working Groups exist at Providence for lung/esophagus cancer, breast cancer, genito-urinary cancer, leukemia and lymphoma, head and neck cancers with others planned. For head and neck cancers, Ian Jackson, MD, an internationally renowned plastic surgeon specializing in craniofacial surgery, fulfills all plastic surgery needs.
Dedicated Inpatient Unit
Inpatient care is provided at Providence Hospital in Southfield in a unit specially designed for people with cancer. Providence’s oncology unit boasts private rooms laid out in a soothing environment.
Providence’s oncology nurses abide by a family-oriented philosophy designed to empower and support patients and their loved ones. They adhere to the standards established by the National Oncology Nursing Society and several are certified by the Oncology Nursing Society. Specially trained nurses are able to administer chemotherapy and biotherapy conveniently on the unit.
A designated oncology pharmacist ensures effective, safe delivery of state-of-the-art chemotherapy and other medications. Assigned only to patients with cancer, the oncology pharmacist also helps to monitor possible drug interactions.
Pain is a concern for many cancer patients and their families.
Chronic pain can produce feelings of anger, sadness, hopelessness and despair. It disrupts sleep, alters one's personality and interferes with work and relationships. Treating, controlling and managing chronic pain is one of the main concerns of modern medicine.
Providence Hospital Pain Management Center has a program especially for cancer patients using some of the most advanced methods of pain management available. It is our goal to improve your quality of life. Our approach allows the patient to receive smaller, controlled doses of medication, which results in less grogginess and greater responsiveness to the family members and daily activities you love.
At the Providence Cancer Center, we offer comprehensive radiation therapy services in a compassionate, caring environment few hospitals in the nation can match. Patients at the Center often have access to new cancer treatments before they are widely available.
How does it work?
Radiation therapy is the treatment of cancer using penetrating beams of high-energy waves called radiation. The radiation used for cancer treatment comes from special machines or from radioactive substances. In small doses over a period of several weeks, the diseased area is exposed to highly focused energy waves that disrupt the ability of the cancer cells to grow and multiply. Treatment is generally painless, though some patients experience side effects.
Our expert radiation oncologists will work with you and your physician to determine the most effective and most appropriate treatment option.
Learn more about our Radiation Oncology program
How We Treat Cancer
The St. John Providence Health System offers a full spectrum of treatments designed to fight cancer and keep our patients healthy and happy. See how we’re working together and How We Treat Cancer.
To learn more, please call us at 1-866-246-4673
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