Oncological surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and drug therapies are all powerful medicine - and are the very best methods for treating cancer. Using a multidisciplinary approach that employs combinations of these cutting-edge techniques, our oncology staff suggests comprehensive treatment regimens designed for each patient. So that our patients can feel certain about choosing their own course of treatment, Sparrow's oncology team members make sure that each patient understands their options.
A medical oncologist is a doctor who coordinates and oversees your
medical care. They specialize in use of medications, such as
chemotherapy, hormones and analgesics (medications to reduce pain) in
the management of cancer.
Many times, cancer treatment begins with surgery. Patients also have access to a full complement of experienced cancer surgeons, surgical specialists, and sub-specialists, who focus on the physical and emotional aspects of patient treatment. Our surgical team carefully explains every patient's surgical options and performs in state-of-the-art operating rooms equipped with the latest robotic microsurgery systems.
Our board-certified hematologists/oncologists employ the latest advanced protocols in fighting cancer. Chemotherapy is provided in a very patient-friendly environment featuring all private rooms. In addition, all of our nurses have specialized training in oncology care.
Treatment may involve radiation therapy to destroy tumor cells. Our board-certified radiation oncologists have at their disposal the latest in radiation oncology technology. Working in concert with board certified medical physicists, they specifically tailor treatment for each patient's condition.
Sparrow is the first hospital in mid-Michigan to use the minimally invasive da Vinci robotic system to surgically treat gynecological cancers. For women whose hysterectomy surgery involves lymph node removal due to cancer, this means shorter hospital stays and smaller incisions.
The study of hematology is continually evolving as we gain a better understanding of the mechanism of bleeding, clotting and other blood disorders. Sparrow hematologists work with other specialists including cardiologists, internists and vascular surgeons using the latest strategies to manipulate enzymes, proteins and blood factors to minimize bleeding and clotting events. They also treat disorders of blood cells, platelets and the bone marrow.