Power is resources designed for women
Anna V. Hoekstra, MD, MPH
West Michigan Cancer Center’s resources heal womens’ bodies, minds, and spirits. Dedicated programs include gynecologic oncology and genetic counseling to ensure a woman is surrounded by focused expertise and support. In addition, WMCC offers patients education, nutrition counseling and wellness options including Survivorcise exercise class and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA (currently on hold during the COVID-19 health crsis). Patients and their families are encouraged to utilize our professional, licensed medical social workers and dietitians to maximize treatment benefits.
Gynecologic Oncology Program
WMCC was the first cancer center in the region to create a dedicated gynecologic oncology service with a resident gynecologic oncologist. Our program provides comprehensive consultation and treatment for all female genital malignancies. Pre-treatment evaluation is carried out in conjunction with radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and individualized selection is made for the most appropriate therapy. All treatment modalities are available under one roof, including immunotherapy, laparoscopic staging for cancer, stereotactic radiosurgery, noninvasive removal of tumors, and the latest chemotherapeutic agents and radiation therapies. Better technology provides earlier and more discriminating detection, improved treatment efficacy, less-invasive procedures, and less debilitating or disfiguring treatments
WMCC is proud to offer a wide range of genetic services from counseling and testing to research studies. Prevention and early detection make cancer treatable and beatable.
Cancer is a common disease. However, some people have a greater chance of developing cancer. This may be due to gene changes that can be passed on through the family. Inherited gene changes are responsible for 5-10% of all cancers. A careful review of your personal and family history will help determine whether cancer might be hereditary in your family.
For more information about out Genetic Counseling program, click here.
Power is having the best and the brightest
WMCC has assembled the best team of women’s cancer doctors anywhere, including experts in radiation therapy and chemotherapy for breast cancer, as well as surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy for gynecologic cancers. WMCC is still the only regional facility to offer diagnostic imaging, radiation, chemotherapy and professional consults under one roof.
Anna Hoekstra, MD, Casey Hay, MD and Benjamin Mize, MD are all gynecologic oncologists with expertise in minimally invasive surgery and comprehensive care for women with gynecologic malignancies including cancer of the ovaries, uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, vulva and vagina. These physicians have performed hundreds of robotic surgeries using the daVinci Surgical System. In addition, they provide open and vaginal surgery for other gynecologic malignancies. They also administer chemotherapy and coordinate radiation treatments with WMCC radiation oncology for patients requiring these services. Dr. Hay also performs sentinel node biopsies for patients with uterine and vulvar cancers.