Multidisciplinary Clinics and Programs
The Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center believes in making healthcare 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 caregivers under one roof and in one visit. Our caregivers – 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 between cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment, ensuring 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 a breast cancer treatment that is best for them.
Patients meet a multidisciplinary team of specialists, who then meet with other health professionals to determine an individualized cancer plan. A radiologist reviews the patient’s mammograms and a pathologist reviews the biopsy slides taken of the cancer. Using all available information, the team makes a recommendation for treatment, which is presented to the patient before leaving the center.
Sparrow also has a certified breast care nurse navigator who provides education and support for all breast cancer patients and their families. This service ensures that questions are answered and helps to relieve confusion, fears, and anxiety. The navigator also helps facilitate referrals to community resources and providers.
Sparrow’s breast cancer clinic is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) following a rigorous evaluation of the clinic’s performance in over 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 our 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, BSN, RN, OCN, at 517.364.5471. Physician referrals and self-referrals are accepted.
Chest Cancer Clinic
The nature of this type of cancer requires a unique approach, and Sparrow Herbert-Herman 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 chest or lung cancer diagnosis to treatment for our patients, but is also a critical factor for increased quality of care. 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 Joanne Anderson, MSN, RN, OCN, at 517.364.9420 for more information on the chest cancer clinic at Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center. Appointments are generally available within a week upon your physician’s referral.
Genitourinary (GU) Cancer Clinic
This multidisciplinary clinic provides education, assessment, and treatment recommendations for patients with urologic cancers of the bladder or kidney, prostate cancer, or testicular cancer. Patients referred to this clinic 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, MSN, RN, MCCNS-AG, 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 Joanne Anderson, MSN, RN, OCN, at 517.364.9420.
Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Clinic
The upper GI cancer clinic is the only multidisciplinary clinic for upper GI cancers (liver, pancreas, esophagus, stomach, and hepatobiliary cancers) in the entire Mid-Michigan area. At this clinic, patients with upper GI cancer diagnoses are evaluated and treatment plans are developed by a multidisciplinary group of physicians including GI surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, radiology, and pathology.
For a referral to the upper GI cancer clinic, please contact Joanne Anderson, MSN, RN, OCN, at 517.364.9420.
Head and Neck Cancer Clinic
The head and neck cancer clinic is the only multidisciplinary clinic for head and neck cancers (cancers of oral and nasal cavities, pharynx, larynx, and salivary glands) in the entire Mid-Michigan area. At this clinic, patients with head and neck cancer diagnoses are evaluated and treatment plans are developed by a multidisciplinary group of physicians including oncologic ENT surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, radiology, and pathology.
For a referral to the head and neck cancer clinic, please contact the Head and Neck navigation team at 517.364.5471, 517.364.9420, or 517.364.9421.