Henry Ford Allegiance Health today announced that its cancer program is now part of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. The affiliation will provide Jackson residents and the surrounding communities with access to advanced technology and enhanced services.
The Institute will also provide access to Henry Ford’s clinical trials, research programs, and care for complex and rare cancers.
“This transformational step truly gives us the opportunity to enhance our overall cancer care program, and we’re delighted to expand these services to the Jackson area and beyond,” says Bob Riney, COO and president of healthcare operations at Henry Ford Health System. “Henry Ford is continuing to revolutionize cancer care and make these advancements accessible to patients across all of Michigan.”
Advances Henry Ford will bring to the Jackson area include Precision Medicine, which targets cancer treatment based on a patient’s tumor profile. A patient’s tumor profile is identified through genetic testing and can aid experts in the search for specific mutations that can indicate if a given cancer will respond well to a particular treatment.
“Our Precision Medicine initiative is a huge step forward in cancer care, allowing us to bring highly advanced options to all our patients, at all cancer stages, where in many cases hope was not present,” says Dr. Steven N. Kalkanis, medical director at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. “With our nationally recognized radiation oncology team and other experts beginning to work with partnering physicians and teams in Jackson, we believe that together we will elevate the highly personalized cancer care available through Henry Ford Allegiance Health.”
Patient-centered services are currently being provided through the Gayle M. Jacob Cancer Center for Medical Oncology, and the Paul Tejada Center for Radiation Oncology will continue within the Institute.
The Henry Ford Cancer Institute includes a network of more than 900 doctors, researchers, nurse navigators, and other health care specialists. More information can be found here.