Van Elslander Cancer Center
We built the Van Elslander Cancer Center to provide everything you need for cancer treatment and recovery: outstanding oncology physicians, diagnostics, treatments, an education center with internet access, a unique Healing Arts Center with offerings like massage, reflexology, meditation, yoga, music and art therapies—all in a single facility.
And it’s all in an environment that’s as peaceful and healing as it is advanced.
Our main campus is located at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, but we also offer a satellite location in Macomb Township, with many of the same physicians and services. The St. John Medical Center - Macomb Township satellite offers medical oncology, radiation oncology, diagnostics, surgery, and more.
When you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you want every conceivable advantage: Leading edge technology, access to national clinical trials and a team of nationally recognized experts.
Your Van Elslander Cancer Center team immediately begins reviewing every possible option with you, so you can begin your treatment quickly. We have an environment designed to simplify your life and enable you to concentrate your energy on healing. From screening, to diagnosis, to treatment to rehabilitation—even complementary care and educational services—we have everything you need, all in a single location.
At the Van Elslander Cancer Center, you’ll find:
- A staff of board certified medical oncologists
- Board certified and Society of Surgical Oncology Fellowship trained Surgical Oncologist
- Board Certified Breast Surgical Oncologists
- The Robert and Victoria Liggett Breast Center
- The Ken and Deborah Meade Pediatric Hematology Oncology Center
- The Cracchiolo Radiation Oncology Center
- A spacious and comfortable Infusion Center
- A range of diagnostic services and laboratory testing
- Access to national clinical trials
- Psychosocial and education services, including a healing garden, labyrinth walk, meditation chapel and art gallery
- The Healing Arts Center, offering an array of complementary therapies, classes, holistic assessments and much more
- A Cancer Resource Center, where we have assembled a collection of current data about cancer and its care, Internet access and an extensive lending library
Our unrivaled technology makes us a leader among cancer treatment facilities. Our multidisciplinary approach to care harnesses the talents of our staff, advanced treatment technologies, and the inner strength of our patients for a powerful combination of forces, focusing energy on the patient and families’ individual needs.
Cancer Treatment at Van Elslander Cancer Center
Here are just some of the extensive programs and services we provide at the Van Elslander 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, the Van Elslander Cancer Center’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.
Additionally, our radiology team performs vertebroplasty to treat patients with painful, metastatic lesions to the spine.
Dedicated Inpatient Unit
Inpatient care is provided at in a unit specially designed for people with cancer. Our oncology unit boasts private rooms laid out in a soothing environment.
The Van Elslander Cancer Center’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.
At the Van Elslander 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.
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