Multidisciplinary Clinics and Programs
The Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center believes in making health care as simple and effective as possible. Through our multidisciplinary clinics, we offer coordinated state-of-the-science care to Patients who have been diagnosed with all types of cancer.
Rather than making separate appointments with specialists from different practices, our Patients see a team of clinicians under one roof and in one visit. Our clinicians – specialists who are highly regarded in their fields – sit down together to determine the most effective treatment plan. The Patient leaves that day knowing how they will proceed in their fight against cancer.
Our multidisciplinary clinics reduce the time frame between diagnosis and treatment, and ensure that our Patients are equipped with the best treatment plan possible.
Breast Cancer Clinic
The breast cancer clinic offers a multidisciplinary team approach to help women learn about breast cancer and to make informed decisions about what kind of treatment is best for them.
After the team of specialists has met with each Patient, they meet with other members of the multidisciplinary team. During this conference, a radiologist reviews the woman’s mammograms and a pathologist reviews the biopsy slides taken of her breast cancer. Using all the available facts, the team makes a recommendation for treatment. The recommendation is presented to the woman and her family before they leave the center.
We also have a certified breast care Nurse Navigator who serves as an educator and support person for all breast cancer Patients and their families. This service insures that questions are answered and helps to relieve confusion, fears and anxiety. The Navigator also helps facilitate referrals to community resources and providers.
The Sparrow Breast Cancer Clinic has been granted a three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) following a rigorous evaluation of the clinic’s performance in nearly 30 indicators of quality Patient care.
NAPBC accreditation is a voluntary program only granted to hospitals that agree to undergo a strict survey of its procedures. The NAPBC program is administered by the American College of Surgeons, which reviewed the Breast Cancer Clinic on key areas: leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.
To schedule an appointment, please call Sharon Cosgrove at 517.364.5471. Physician and self-referrals accepted.
Chest Cancer Clinic
The nature of this type of cancer requires a unique approach. Sparrow Cancer Center has developed the most advanced care available in the region for lung and chest cancers. Our multidisciplinary approach not only reduces the time from diagnosis to treatment for our Patients, but is also a critical factor for increased quality of care. And at Sparrow, we place the Patient at the center of all that we do, making it convenient for the Patient to access all necessary tests and evaluations in one visit.
Please contact Melissa Jones at 517.364.9420 for more information. Appointments are generally available within a week upon your physician’s referral.
High PSA & Genitourinary (GU) Clinics
These two multidisciplinary clinics provide education, assessment, and treatment recommendations for men with elevated PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) levels; any Patient with urologic cancers of the bladder or kidney; and men with prostate or testicular cancer. Patients referred to these clinics are additionally assisted and guided through the process by a designated GU Nurse Navigator. The navigator serves as a single point of contact for Patients during pre-visit preparations, visits to the clinic, and follow-up needs. For more information or to be referred, contact Deb Batterbee at 517.364.9421.
Colorectal Cancer Clinic
The colorectal cancer clinic is the only multidisciplinary clinic for colorectal cancer (CRC) in the entire mid-Michigan area. At this clinic, Patients with colorectal cancer diagnoses are evaluated and treatment plans are developed by a multidisciplinary group of physicians including colorectal surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, radiology and pathology.
For a referral to the colorectal cancer clinic please contact Deb Batterbee at 517.364.9421.