Sparrow uses the most advanced technology to deliver the best cancer care

Leading Cancer Technology

The best cancer care means having access to the most advanced technology available.

In addition to traditional surgical options you expect from many hospitals, Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center also offers the most advanced surgical options available for Patients. Some of these include minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgeries for those with gynecological and urological oncology needs.

In fact, we are the first cancer center in Mid-Michigan and one of the first in the state to use the da Vinci robotic system for gynecological and urological surgeries. This technology results in smaller incisions, shorter stays, less blood loss and significantly improves recovery times. With a team of 20 surgeons, registered nurses, and surgical technologists who have intensive training in the da Vinci system, Sparrow’s program is a robotics pioneer in Michigan.

Herbert-Herman Cancer Center is one of the first twelve cancer centers in the nation to treat Patients using the highly advanced MRI – Linear Accelerator technology, available in our newest radiation machine, the ViewRay MRIdian. For the first time ever, the ViewRay MRIdian allows the radiation oncologist to see a live image of the tumor while it is being treated. This allows us to more precisely treat the tumor with higher doses and spare the healthy tissue.

Sparrow’s accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program

The Elekta Versa is a new linear accelerator treatment machine also brings the most advanced radiation oncology technology to the Herbert-Herman Cancer Center. The machine concentrates high-energy X-rays to a tumors’ shape and destroys cancer cells, all while sparing the surrounding tissue.

In radiation therapy, Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center provides both high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy and external beam radiation therapy. HDR is typically used to treat certain gynecologic and breast cancers by inserting a powerful radioactive source inside the tumor for several minutes. The radiation treats the tumor from the inside out. Sparrow was one of the first cancer centers to incorporate a HDR treatment using the Mammosite catheter for breast treatment. This technique reduces the length of time Patients need to go through their treatments.

In external beam radiation, Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center was the first in Mid-Michigan to treat using Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). This complex treatment is only possible with the advancement of 3D Image Guidance Radiation Therapy (IGRT) that is the best process to guide the precise IMRT treatments. Combining IMRT with IGRT allows the accurate deposit of higher radiation doses to the tumor while protecting more of the Patient by reducing its side effects with smaller more concentrated doses.

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a camera that produces powerful images of the human body and allows the Physician to see what is happening inside the body. PET/CT is a non-invasive procedure that provides unique information about the body's metabolism, cell function, and exact location of a disease – information not available through CT or MRI alone.

If the lesion cannot be felt by hand, a stereotactic needle biopsy can be done. Special equipment will take X-rays of breast from different angles. This equipment enables the Physician to place the needle precisely into the tumor, even if the tumor is as small as a pea. Calculations are done by a computer to find the exact spot of the lump.

Sparrow’s advanced technology is matched by its dedication to compassionate care. In addition to treating tumors and malignancies, Sparrow Caregivers take the extra time to attend to every aspect of patient care and recovery.