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Each year, about 1,500 people are newly diagnosed with cancer at Munson Medical Center. In the next 10 years, we can expect a minimum of 20,000 new diagnoses of cancer, just within our five-county region. No other medical diagnosis elicits the same gut-wrenching emotional response. Virtually every one of us has a friend or family member who has dealt with this disease, and many in our community have personally experienced the rigors of treatment.

The Cowell Family Cancer Center at Munson Medical Center will enhance the outstanding medical care and cancer research currently taking place. Cancer care at Munson Medical Center – now and in the future - embraces compassionate, coordinated care of patients, and provides advanced, state-of-the-art treatment.

Munson Medical Center also maintains strong referral relationships with oncology programs at the University of Michigan, the Mayo Clinic, Karmanos Cancer Center, and other leading treatment centers. Pediatric cancer care is offered through the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology clinic currently established at Munson Medical Center.

State-of-the-Art, Coordinated Cancer Services

Construction of the Cowell Family Cancer Center will begin in the spring of 2014. When complete, the Cowell Family Cancer Center will unite state-of-the-art treatment opportunities focused on fighting cancer in the convenience of one location. The Cowell Family Cancer Center will be northern Michigan’s most comprehensive resource for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and related disorders. The new cancer center will be designed to anticipate the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of each patient and will transform the standard for cancer care in northern Michigan.

Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program

For information on our Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program, please click here.

Integrated Medical Services

Optimal cancer care requires close interdisciplinary cooperation among physicians and clinicians. Having oncology physicians in close proximity both eases the burden on the patient and improves the quality of care by facilitating communication between health care providers. When in place, the cancer center will shorten the time between cancer diagnosis and implementing treatment. Specialty and multidisciplinary clinics for breast, prostate, and lung cancers will occur in the Cancer Center, as well as expanded research and clinical trials, and cancer genetics clinics.

Newest Technology

Our commitment is that all cancer patients will have the comfort of knowing that they are receiving the very best care, at the hands of the most accomplished and compassionate staff and physicians, close to home. Advanced radiation therapy with stereotactic radiosurgery is the most advanced, powerful, and precise cancer treatment technology today. Radiation oncologists who use the device at Munson Medical Center call it a "game changer" for patients with inoperable tumors.

Emotional Support

An important aspect of cancer care is offering holistic, supportive services and therapies in conjunction with medical treatment. Emotional well-being, good nutrition, stress management, massage therapy and exercise treatment options help reduce side effects of the disease and promote better health. The new cancer center will offer services like these in addition to a cancer library, classes, and support groups – all in one convenient location. Patients will have someone to turn to for support and questions.