Physicians at the Sparrow Cancer Center are pioneers in the fight against cancer.
We are the only cancer center in mid-Michigan to use a targeted therapy approach. These non-chemotherapy approaches target specific cancer cell characteristics, either within the cell or on the surface of cells, to limit the side effects of treatment. They are used alone or in combination with other treatments, including radiation therapy.
These targeted therapies translate to shorter hospital stays and a lower risk of side effects for our patients. Examples of targeted therapies used at the Sparrow Cancer Center include:
Targeted Cancer Therapy
Target therapies are routinely used in our care centers. These non-chemotherapy approaches target specific cancer cell characteristics, either within the cell or on the surface of cells, limiting side effects of treatment. They are used alone or in combination with other treatments, including radiation therapy.
Sparrow is actively involved and encourages participation in clinical trials designed with new, state-of-the-art, multi-targeted drugs against different malignancies.
Through TomoTherapy, one of the newest and most advanced radiation therapies in the world, we can sculpt small, powerful and precise radiation beams to hit hard-to-reach tumors. This allows us to effectively target tumors while protecting a patient’s healthy surrounding tissue and minimizing side effects.
Brachytherapy involves placing radiation material directly into or near a tumor for maximum effects. Brachytherapy reduces the risk of damage to healthy tissue and increases the likelihood of destroying the tumor.
Radioimmunotherapy is an exciting treatment where a carrier molecule selectively seeks out and labels cancer cells for destruction. This ensures that cancerous cells receive a high dose of radiation, while the surrounding normal tissue is protected.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
As unique as a fingerprint, this specialized course of treatment is tailored to each individual patient based on computer-generated, 3-D modeling of patient tumors and the surrounding tissue. With IMRT, our oncology team can modulate the radiation to conform around a treatment site, while minimally affecting healthy tissue.
Several cancers are known to grow under the influence of hormones. By blocking the hormonal effect, we can reduce the stimulus for these cancers to grow. Hormone blockers are administered both orally and by injection.
Many breast cancer patients concerned about the possibility of cancer recurrence opt for this highly effective, targeted therapy. Sparrow's oncological team uses a balloon catheter to facilitate the delivery of radiation precisely to where it's needed most.