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Ascension St. John Hospital - Van Elslander Cancer Center

Ascension St. John Hospital - Van Elslander Cancer Center

Located on the Ascension St. John Hospital campus
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About Us

Cancer specialists at Van Elslander Cancer Center, located on Ascension St. John Hospital campus, deliver compassionate cancer care for you.

Cancer is personal. So is how we care for you. You don’t have to travel far to get personalized cancer care and support services. Doctors and multispecialty care teams atVan Elslander Cancer Center in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, provide a healing environment with compassionate, personalized care. Your oncologist starts by listening to understand you and your health concerns. Then, your cancer care team works with you to create a personalized care plan.

Ascension Michigan Cancer Care delivers targeted therapy for your cancer needs

At Ascension Michigan Cancer Care, your doctors, nurses and specialty care team are part of a national team of experienced cancer doctors, sharing best practices and the latest in cancer care knowledge and research. Your specialists at Van Elslander Cancer Center routinely review your care plan to help improve your survivorship and quality of life. Conveniently located on the Ascension St. John Hospital campus, we have cancer specialists, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, and other cancer specialists who diagnose and treat many types of cancer, including:


Your care team may also include oncology-certified nurses, palliative care specialists, genetic counselors, dietitians, pharmacists, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, and cancer nurse navigators. We’re here to help support you throughout your treatment, recovery and beyond.

Benefits of cancer care services close to home

At Van Elslander Cancer Center, we offer hope and support – from diagnostic testing, such as mammograms, 3D stereotactic biopsy, mobile PET scan and lung CT for lung cancer screening to the latest treatment options, genetic testing and counseling, clinical trials and a healing place for your physical and emotional health. Your care team is here to help answer your questions and connect you with support care and cancer rehabilitation programs.Ascension Michigan Cancer Care teams provide services that support your recovery after having chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery. And our oncology care teams work together to help make your appointments as easy and coordinated as possible.

Specialized cancer programs

We know that each type of cancer is different. That’s why we have programs dedicated to treating your type of cancer. Our programs include:

  • Advanced care for gastric cancer – the Jerome Williams Gastric Cancer Program, provides comprehensive care for gastrointestinal tumors and cancer that has spread to the peritoneal cavity.
  • Breast screening and breast cancer care – Doctors and care teams at Ascension Michigan deliver advanced digital mammograms so you get the best in breast care and breast cancer detection. Breast surgeons at the Liggett Breast Center provide comprehensive care for your breast disease. Ask about our high-risk breast clinic program.

Genetic testing and counseling

At Ascension Michigan Cancer Care sites of care, your doctor and genetic counselor listen to understand your concerns about your risk of developing cancer. Genetic blood tests can help identify genes, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 for breast cancer and other hereditary cancers. Genetic testing, risk assessments and counseling are available at the Van Elslander Cancer Center, Suite 18. Call 313-647-3153.

Medical oncology treatments are provided in a comfortable infusion center. Chemotherapy and other treatments may involve oral, intravenous (IV) or topical medication therapy. These treatments may be combined with surgery or other treatments.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Management of oral targeted therapy

Radiation oncology offers advanced, targeted radiotherapy and radiosurgery to destroy cancer cells and tumors. Our radiation oncology delivery systems help track tumors and cancer cells. We offer a range of advanced treatments, including:

  • External beam radiation therapy (EBRT), including IMRT
  • High-dose-rate after loading (HDR) treatment program
  • High-dose brachytherapy

Surgeons specializing in breast surgery and reconstruction, gastric surgery, lung and chest surgery, and gynecologic cancer surgery deliver advanced surgical treatments. Minimally invasive techniques are used whenever possible. Image-guided and computer-assisted technology with high navigation helps your surgeon remove a tumor while preserving healthy tissue.

Cancer support programs and services

When you’re going through cancer care, we’re by your side. Your doctors and care team are here to help, listen and offer services that help support your treatment plan. Have a conversation with our patient navigator — ask any question, big or small. And we offer an extended care team for emotional support — chaplain, palliative care specialist and oncology-certified social worker. Other services include:

  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Dietitians
  • Financial aid counselors
  • Oncology-trained pharmacists
  • Patient and caregiver support groups, survivorship programs and social workers

Visit our Healing Center – a resource for patients and families

Our Healing Center offers therapeutic services, such as massage, yoga, reiki, and tai chi and a library reference room and classes that support your physical and emotional health. We also provide a gift shop and a labyrinth path in our healing garden.