University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center was established in 1986 and since then has remained on U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of “Best Hospitals.”
Operating with only the highest standard in education, intensive patient care, and clinical research, the Comprehensive Cancer Center was designated by the National Cancer Institute.
This institution emphasizes an individualized approach based on the specific health condition of each patient. A collaborative approach between staff and patient ensure a meticulous treatment plan and encompassing diagnosis. This philosophy is invaluable with a goal to enhance the treatment of cancer, which reasonably led to the creation of the Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Clinic. The Thoracic Oncology Program’s duty is to research the treatment of intrathoracic conditions and collaborate with the center for elite medical practice.
Gregory Kalemkerian, M.D., director of the Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Clinic, has a keen focus in mesothelioma, lung cancer, and thymomas. He works closely with a team of specialists including radiation oncologists, pathologists, and thoracic surgeons.
Traditional methods of treatment, such as chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, are provided by the Lung Cancer Clinic. When needed, doctors use a complex combination of modality and radiation therapies, among others, to boldly treat patients. Constantly innovating, this facility specializes in contemporary surgical and therapeutic techniques including photodynamic therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, biologic therapy, and video-assisted thoracoscopy.
Discussion between members of the Thoracic Oncology Program is cherished as it allows for optimally individualized treatment plans for patients. The team regularly work together in protocols and clinical trials.
All University of Michigan professionals work daily on population research, clinical studies, or the practice of clinical care, enabling rapid institutional growth. With treatment, patient care, and research as core priorities, the cancer center opened its doors in 1997, empowering patients to receive all their medical needs in one, convenient location.
U-M treated over 80,000 outpatient appointments along with admitting over 3,800 cancer patients within the surrounding university hospitals. Over 300 physicians and researchers, in partnership with nurses and support staff, represent over 30 departments across 9 schools.