What is West Michigan Cancer Center?
How does WMCC Benefit Southwestern Michigan?
What services are provided at WMCC?
What if a Patient needs both radiation therapy and chemotherapy?
Will Patients have to see their family physicians during treatment?
Will Patients need to visit the hospital for blood work or other tests?
Is someone at WMCC available to answer billing or insurance questions?
What if a day trip won’t work out?
Who arranges Home Care or Hospice Services?
What are Clinical Trials and how is WMCC involved in them?
What if a Patient has trouble getting to an appointment?
Can I pay my bill online?
West Michigan Cancer Center is a cooperative program for cancer treatment of the two major healthcare facilities in the Kalamazoo area, Bronson Methodist Hospital and Borgess Medical Center. The Cancer Center consolidates the non-surgical cancer treatment services formerly located throughout the area, and is housed in a modern building in the Arcadia Commons section of downtown Kalamazoo. Both Borgess and Bronson continue to provide hospital-based medical and surgical services for cancer patients.
The Cancer Center provides a long list of benefits to the area. First, it brings the most advanced cancer treatment to the area and places it under one roof. Second, since WMCC is a cooperative program between Borgess and Bronson, it enables both facilities to avoid duplication and apply much needed funds to other areas of health care.
The Center combines almost every necessary non-surgical service involved with the treatment of cancer. Medical and radiation oncology departments provide treatment. Patients and their families also have access to WMCC’s pharmacists, social workers, and registered dietitian. In addition, we can help coordinate financial counseling, home care and family housing for out-of-town patients. And, thanks to the support of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, patients have access to a state-of-the-art, onsite fitness center and accompanying wellness program.
West Michigan Cancer Center is one of the few facilities in the area to offer both radiation therapy and chemotherapy on-site. Not only can patients receive both treatments at the same location, our staff can coordinate sessions for convenience and effectiveness.
The physicians at WMCC will stay in close contact with family physicians throughout treatment. However, patients should see their doctors for checkups or unrelated conditions.
Most blood work and some diagnostic tests related to cancer treatment are performed at the Center and results are developed in our own lab. It’s an added convenience for our patients, and it allows us to determine treatments quickly.
Our on-site financial counselors are ready to answer any questions concerning payment or insurance. They are experts in finding solutions and sorting through red tape.
We can help arrange for an overnight stay for patients and their families at the Hospital Hospitality House, which is free. Or we have corporate rates at the Radisson Plaza Hotel.
Area hospice and home health providers can coordinate home care, nurse visits, or hospice stays.
Clinical trials are nationwide tests on advanced cancer treatment drugs and techniques. We partner with the National Cancer Institute and enroll patients in NCI-approved trials as well as studies sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. The results and resources are available to our patients.
WMCC can help to arrange transportation through the American Cancer Society and other agencies if necessary. When you schedule your first treatment, remember to inform the scheduler and social worker that you may need transportation assistance. To reach a social worker, please call 269-373-7446 or 384-8629.
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