Cancer Specialists

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, or if you have a concern about a possible diagnosis, make an appointment at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. It's important to be evaluated by cancer experts before beginning treatment.

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Karmanos offers 14 multidisciplinary teams; each designed and staffed specifically to ensure that patients and their families get their cancer diagnosis and treatment right the first time. Once a cancer has been properly diagnosed, a multidisciplinary team with nationally recognized experience on each specific type of cancer goes to work to deliver specialized treatment.

Each team consists of cancer specialists who are focused on your particular cancer and who have devoted their careers to fighting the very cancer with which you are confronted.

Our team members include specialists from each discipline including, diagnostic, medical and surgical oncology, radiation oncology; pathology; radiology; oncology nursing; supportive care; and, when appropriate, genetics.

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Karmanos' Multidisciplinary Teams

Karmanos' multidisciplinary teams thrive on collaboration and share a passion to reduce time and eliminate doubt among our patients. The entire team reviews the diagnostic information and speaks directly with the physician who first examined you so that they can make a recommendation for your care that reflects the latest thinking from all of the various specialties.

Your multidisciplinary team then assists you and your loved ones in deciding where your care can best be provided.

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Blood & Bone Marrow Cancer Specialists

The Karmanos Bone Marrow & Stem Cell Transplant (BMT) Program was the first transplant center in Michigan. Today, it is one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States having performed more than 1,300 transplants in the last five years.

Karmanos' BMT Program is one of only a few centers nationwide reporting some of the best survival outcomes for related and unrelated stem cell transplantation, according to data released by the Center for International Bone Marrow Transplant Research. It is also accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), signifying the highest standards of practice in the transplantation of stem cells.

Recognized as leaders for blood and marrow transplantations, our program takes the role of helping develop new therapies for tomorrow's patients, serious. Karmanos participated in the pivotal study that lead to the FDA approval of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy for diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (DLBCL). Currently, we offer all FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapies.

At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, you can be confident that you're in expert hands at one of the nation's top cancer centers.

Bone marrow transplantations are used to treat patients with:

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)
  • Amyloidosis
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Breast Cancer Specialists

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, or if you have a concern about a possible diagnosis, make an appointment at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. It's important to be evaluated by cancer experts before beginning treatment

The Karmanos Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Team includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, plastic surgeons, pharmacists, specialized nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers, and genetic counselors. The team is entirely focused on treating breast cancer and shares its collective expertise to create a customized treatment plan for each patient.

Early detection is one of the biggest factors in a successful treatment plan. That's why regular mammograms are so important. Karmanos radiologists are highly trained in reading mammograms and are focused solely on detecting cancer.

Karmanos not only offers specialists in breast cancer, we have highly-trained nurse practitioners who are focused on overall breast and women's wellness. The Women's Wellness Clinic stand alongside our patients who are concerned about or have been diagnosed with breast cancer. From preventative care to diagnosis through treatment and recovery, Karmanos understands the importance of ongoing care and careful monitoring for breast cancer.

At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, you can be confident that you're in expert hands at one of the nation's top cancer centers.

Colorectal Cancer Specialists

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, or if you have a concern about a possible diagnosis, make an appointment at Karmanos. It's important to be evaluated by cancer experts before beginning treatment.

The Karmanos Gastrointestinal & Neuroendocrine Tumors Multidisciplinary Team includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists, specialized nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers, research personnel and genetic counselors.

The team is entirely focused on treating gastrointestinal cancers, as well as clinical research revolving around gastrointestinal malignancies, and shares its collective expertise to create a customized treatment plan for each patient. The team uses the latest technologies, including da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System and minimally invasive surgical procedures, to achieve prime success for our patients.

Every patient that visit the Gastrointestinal & Neuroendocrine Tumors Multidisciplinary Team receives personal attention. The team meets regularly to discuss patient care issues and refine individual patient treatment plans.

Patients who benefit most from a consult with our specialists include:

  • Any patient with cancer of the gastrointestinal or neuroendocrine system to initiate treatment or to secure a second opinion
  • Individuals with a personal and/or family history suggestive of hereditary gastrointestinal cancer, which includes any of the following:
  • Colorectal cancer before age 50
  • Ten or more colon polyps
  • Stomach cancer, specifically the diffuse type
  • Presence of related cancers including colon cancer, endometrial (uterine) cancer, ovarian cancer, stomach cancer, sebaceous skin tumors, or primary brain tumors

At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, you can be confident that you're in expert hands at one of the nation's top cancer centers.

Lung Cancer Specialists

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer, or if you have a concern about a possible diagnosis, make an appointment at Karmanos. It's important to be evaluated by cancer experts before beginning treatment.

The Karmanos Thoracic Cancer Multidisciplinary Team includes cardiothoracic surgeons, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers, and genetic counselors. The team is entirely focused on treating cancers of the chest and shares its collective expertise to create a customized treatment plan for each patient

Cancers and conditions treated include:

  • Lung - small cell and non-small cell
  • Esophagus
  • Mesothelioma
  • Thymus Gland

Our team of thoracic oncologists are among the best in the world. Team members are national leaders in chest malignancies and recognized experts in the treatment of lung (small cell and non-small cell), esophagus, mesothelioma and thymus gland cancers among national cooperative groups.

In addition, our team devotes time to research investigations including screening and early detection of lung cancer and mesothelioma, detection and treatment intervention in precancerous cells from the sputum of smokers, combined treatments for locally advanced cancers of the chest and clinical trials of combined chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, you can be confident that you're in expert hands at one of the nation's top cancer centers.

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. However, lung cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers. The best way to prevent the disease is to quit smoking. Screening can also reduce the risk of dying from lung cancer.

The National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST), run by The National Cancer Institute, compared two ways of detecting lung cancer - through 3 annual low-dose, helical CT scans and standard chest x-ray. The findings revealed that participants who received low-dose helical CT scans had a 20 percent lower risk of dying from lung cancer than participants who received standard chest X-rays.

Based on this study, physicians at Karmanos Cancer Center developed the Lung Cancer Screening Program centered around offering a yearly CT scan for those who are at an increased risk of lung cancer.

Screening for lung cancer is a process, and cannot be completed with a single test. The data available show that individuals who do qualify for lung cancer screening should have a yearly screening CT scan.

Lung cancer screening requires a multidisciplinary approach, with physicians of different disciplines all collaborating to monitor changes in a patient’s lung screening CT scans over time. In addition, benign lung nodules are found very frequently in lung cancer screening studies.

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Oral Cancer Specialists

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with oral, head or neck cancer, or if you have a concern about a possible diagnosis, make an appointment at Karmanos. It's important to be evaluated by cancer experts before beginning treatment.

The Karmanos Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Team are entirely focused on treating head and neck cancers and shares its collective expertise to create a customized treatment plan for each patient. Our team of head and neck oncology specialists makes Karmanos' program one of the finest in the nation. These members are leaders in gene therapy and rehabilitation for head and neck cancers and are actively involved in clinical research targeted at head and neck malignancies.

Each patient receives personal attention from the Head and Neck Oncology Multidisciplinary Team. This team includes, includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists, interventional radiologists, endocrinologists, facial and reconstructive surgeons, oral oncologist/dentist, maxillofacial prosthodontist, speech and swallow therapists, pathologists, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and genetic counselors.

Cancers treated include:

  • Esophageal (food pipe)
  • Laryngeal (voice box)
  • Nasopharyngeal
  • Oral Cavity (mouth)
  • Oropharyngeal (throat)
  • Salivary gland such as parotid and submandibular glands
  • Sinus
  • Thyroid
  • Skin (including melanoma, basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma)
  • Sarcoma involving the head and neck region

To receive optimum success for our patients, the team uses the latest technologies, including da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System, stereotactic radiation, and cryotherapy.

At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, you can be confident that you're in expert hands at one of the nation's top cancer centers.

Ovarian Cancer Specialists

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, or if you have a concern about a possible diagnosis, make an appointment at Karmanos. It's important to be evaluated by cancer experts before beginning treatment.

Our Gynecologic Oncology Multidisciplinary Team includes gynecologic oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists, specialized nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers and genetic counselors. The team focuses on treating gynecologic cancers and shares its collective expertise to create a customized treatment plan for each patient.

Cancers and conditions treated include:

  • Cervical
  • Genetic risk of ovarian cancer
  • Gestational trophoblastic disease
  • Ovarian
  • Uterine
  • Vaginal
  • Vulvar

At Karmanos, we design and conduct clinical trials and translational research, as well as contribute to publications on the surgical and medical management of gynecologic tumors. The team uses the latest technologies, including the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System, cryotherapy and immunotherapy, to achieve optimum success for our patients.

At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, you can be confident that you're in expert hands at one of the nation's top cancer centers.

Pancreatic Cancer Specialists

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, or if you have a concern about a possible diagnosis, make an appointment at Karmanos. It's important to be evaluated by cancer experts before beginning treatment.

The Karmanos Gastrointestinal & Neuroendocrine Tumors Multidisciplinary Team includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists, specialized nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers, research personnel and genetic counselors.

The team is entirely focused on treating gastrointestinal cancers, as well as clinical research revolving around gastrointestinal malignancies, and shares its collective expertise to create a customized treatment plan for each patient. The team uses the latest technologies, including da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System and minimally invasive surgical procedures, to achieve prime success for our patients.

Every patient that visit the Gastrointestinal & Neuroendocrine Tumors Multidisciplinary Team receives personal attention. The team meets regularly to discuss patient care issues and refine individual patient treatment plans.

Patients who benefit most from a consult with our specialists include:

  • Any patient with cancer of the gastrointestinal or neuroendocrine system to initiate treatment or to secure a second opinion
  • Individuals with a personal and/or family history suggestive of hereditary gastrointestinal cancer, which includes any of the following:
  • Colorectal cancer before age 50
  • Ten or more colon polyps
  • Stomach cancer, specifically the diffuse type
  • Presence of related cancers including colon cancer, endometrial (uterine) cancer, ovarian cancer, stomach cancer, sebaceous skin tumors, or primary brain tumors

At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, you can be confident that you're in expert hands at one of the nation's top cancer centers.

Prostate Cancer Specialists

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, or if you have a concern about a possible diagnosis, make an appointment at Karmanos. It's important to be evaluated by cancer experts before beginning treatment.

Our team of specialists make the Karmanos Genitourinary Oncology Multidisciplinary Team one of the best in the nation. The experience of this team includes internationally-recognized leaders in prostate, bladder, kidney and testis cancer. In addition, our team members are actively involved in clinical research revolving around genitourinary malignancies to developing new standards of care for our patients.

The Karmanos Genitourinary Oncology Multidisciplinary Team includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers and genetic counselors. The team is entirely focused on treating genitourinary cancers and shares its collective expertise to create a customized treatment plan for each patient. You can expect a passionate, caring, expert team, giving you the best chance of success with unique access to novel therapies and techniques.

Cancers treated include:

  • Prostate
  • Bladder
  • Kidney
  • Ureter
  • Urethra
  • Testis
  • Adrenal

At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, you can be confident that you're in expert hands at one of the nation's top cancer centers.

Radiation Therapy Specialists

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, or if you have a concern about a possible diagnosis, make an appointment at Karmanos. It's important to be evaluated by cancer experts before beginning treatment.

The Radiation Oncology Team at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute offers innovative care, expert skill and proven technology that sets us apart from other hospitals.

Patients at Karmanos benefit from our unique multidisciplinary team approach that uses careful blending of proven radiation technology with expertise and personalized care.

World-respected physicians and scientists have built our reputation at Karmanos, but this brilliance just provides the building blocks for our success. We are also leaders in the multidisciplinary team approach that has proven so valuable in effective radiation oncology treatment. Through interaction with specialist physicians, physicists, technicians, oncologists, researchers, nurses, social workers and support staff, Karmanos patients gain the crucial touch that makes care both effective and reassuring.

The radiation oncology multidisciplinary team integrates these expert staff into every aspect of patient care. Our patients will not only receive the best radiotherapy treatment, but they will feel they are part of a great radiotherapy team. Options for care, planned treatments and risks are carefully explained from the beginning, and the information flow between Karmanos staff and the patient stays open throughout the course of treatment. At Karmanos, we know the most important part of this team is the patient.

At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, you can be confident that you're in expert hands at one of the nation's top cancer centers.

Thyroid Cancer Specialists

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, or if you have a concern about a possible diagnosis, make an appointment at Karmanos. It's important to be evaluated by cancer experts before beginning treatment.

The Karmanos Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Team are entirely focused on treating head and neck cancers and shares its collective expertise to create a customized treatment plan for each patient. Our team of head and neck oncology specialists makes Karmanos' program one of the finest in the nation. These members are leaders in gene therapy and rehabilitation for head and neck cancers and are actively involved in clinical research targeted at head and neck malignancies.

Each patient receives personal attention from the Head and Neck Oncology Multidisciplinary Team. This team includes, includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists, interventional radiologists, endocrinologists, facial and reconstructive surgeons, oral oncologist/dentist, maxillofacial prosthodontist, speech and swallow therapists, pathologists, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and genetic counselors.

Cancers treated include:

  • Esophageal (food pipe)
  • Laryngeal (voice box)
  • Nasopharyngeal
  • Oral Cavity (mouth)
  • Oropharyngeal (throat)
  • Salivary gland such as parotid and submandibular glands
  • Sinus
  • Thyroid
  • Skin (including melanoma, basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma)
  • Sarcoma involving the head and neck region

To receive optimum success for our patients, the team uses the latest technologies, including da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System, stereotactic radiation, and cryotherapy.

At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, you can be confident that you're in expert hands at one of the nation's top cancer centers.

Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™

this service is only offered at our Farmington Hills location

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is proud to offer the Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™, the most precise stereotactic radiosurgery system (SRS) currently available, to our patients. The cutting-edge technology is available at the Lawrence and Idell Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center in Farmington Hills.

The Icon™ represents brain treatment innovation, allowing Karmanos experts to offer unparalleled precision and accuracy without some of the side effects associated with traditional treatment approaches.

Gamma Knife surgery is a clinically proven method to treat select intracranial locations – such as the brain, brain stem or the trigeminal nerve. Despite it’s name, Gamma Knife® Icon™ is not a blade that cuts, but a highly sophisticated non-invasive technology that uses radiation to damage targeted tissue in a very precise manner. When it comes to sparing healthy brain and body tissue, no other radiosurgery technique can match Gamma Knife® Icon™. Preserving tissues helps maintain normal function that can impact quality of life.

One of the unique features of offering this precise Icon™ at our Farmington Hills location is that patients can receive this treatment in our beautiful and comfortable outpatient center instead of in a hospital setting. This means the radiation oncologist, neurosurgeon and neuroradiologist are all-on-site participating together as a team in the planning and reviewing of the final treatment plan, prior to the patient’s treatment delivery. This is practice significatnly enhances plan quality.

At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, you can be confident that you’re in expert hands at one of the nations top cancer centers.

As we begin resuming time-sensitive care, we also understand that safety is the primary focus in everyone’s mind. The safety of our patients and team members is always our top priority at Karmanos. We want to assure you that patients at Karmanos are being treated in a safe environment by personnel who are adhering to the most current safety standards.

We understand some patients may still not feel fully comfortable going to in-person clinic visits. That's why, for you convenience and increased social distancing, we are now offering virtual visits for:
• Newly-diagnosed patients
• Returning patients
• Active surveillance

Please call us to learn more about virtual visits – (855) 373-7255