The Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center (OHMC) cancer program is an accredited cancer treatment center by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation is granted only to facilities who comply with the 34 standards set forth by the Commission on Cancer, which is nationally recognized by the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the National Quality Forum, and the National Cancer Institute for establishing performance measures for the provision of high quality cancer care.
The Oakwood Cancer Committee directs and supports the comprehensive treatment programs made available to patients in the form of medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgery. The Committee is made up of a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, and support staff from Radiation Oncology, Pathology, General Surgery, Medical Oncology, Cancer Center Administration, Cancer Center Medical Leadership, Pain Control and Palliative Care, Social Work, Case Management, Quality Management, Tumor Registry, Clinical Research, Nutrition, Infusion Therapy, as well as medical directors from head and neck, breast, thoracic, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, and gynecologic cancer specialties.
The Committee is committed to the continuous improvement of patient care and quality outcomes. Approximately 1,500-1,600 new cancer cases are evaluated each year, and with each case we are committed to identifying and implementing process improvements that lead to better outcomes, quicker treatment times, more convenient access to our services, and better patient satisfaction ratings. This is accomplished through the use of state-of-the-art technology, tenuous data collection and case management, as well as continuous staff education and training in compliance with CoC recommendations.
Cancer Center patients have access to a wide array of education and treatment planning services. Oakwood is proud to feature one of the region’s only registered, dedicated oncological nutritionists, who counsels patients and families on individual nutrition planning during treatment. The Cancer Center Patient Education Resources works in conjunction with the American Cancer Society to offer patients and families a wide range of printed and digital information on cancer prevention, the various types of cancer, the various treatment methods available, as well as a Personal Health Manager kit which helps patients keep track of all their paperwork, contacts, and appointment information during treatment.
The Oakwood Center for Cancer Care has pioneered many cancer treatment improvements over the years. We were one of the first cancer centers in the region to perfect prostate seed implantation through ultrasound-guided technology. As a leader in stereotactic radiosurgery, Oakwood offers metro Detroit’s only CyberKnife for non-invasive and painless treatment of tumors anywhere in the body.
At Oakwood, we like to say
"We don’t just treat cancer………..we treat patients with cancer"
2011 total Oakwood cancer cases
2012 lung cancer study
2011 OHMC Cancer Center annual report
2010 OHMC Cancer Center annual report