Henry Ford Hospital Launches New Center for Cancer Surgery


DETROIT—With more cancer patients seeking treatment – especially surgery –than ever before, Henry Ford Hospital has opened the new Center for Cancer Surgery.

Currently Henry Ford is the largest provider of adult cancer services in Michigan, with more than 14,000 patients treated and 3,000 discharges each year. Cancer patients seek treatment from every state and from every continent. 

Pioneering minimally invasive and incisionless cancer surgery, Henry Ford also leads nationally in neurosurgery for brain tumors and robotic surgery for prostate, kidney, gynecological, thoracic, and head and neck cancers. 

“We designed the Center for Cancer Surgery to focus entirely on the patient – from scheduling a multidisciplinary tumor board evaluation and providing a highly reputable source for patient second opinions,” says Henry Ford neurosurgeon Steven N. Kalkanis, M.D., the Center’s medical director. 

“But more importantly, Henry Ford offers the latest technological advancements as part of a personalized care plan based on genetics and 24/7 support through the entire treatment process.”   

The Center also includes the state’s first Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI) scanner. The iMRI makes it possible to safely and effectively navigate the brain to remove the maximum amount of tumor tissue, improving patient outcomes. It also is being used for some head and neck cancer cases. 

Beyond surgical treatment, the Center specializes in rapid access and customized support for patients, alleviating much of the stress and uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis.

The Center for Cancer Surgery specializes in complex procedures that cover the entire range of cancer specialties: breast, head and neck, gastroenterology, gynecology, liver, neurosurgery, orthopedics, pancreas, thoracic and urology. 

“By focusing on the most advanced, state-of-the-art patient care, the Center is expected to attract complex cancer surgery referrals to Detroit from across the country and around the globe,” says Dr. Kalkanis. 

Along with his new role, Dr. Kalkanis serves as vice chair of neurosurgery, co-director of the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center and leader of Henry Ford’s Referring Physician Office. He joined Henry Ford in 2004 after being recruited from Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital. As medical director for the Center for Cancer Surgery, he will coordinate the efforts of Henry Ford Medical Group’s surgical oncologists.  

To make an appointment or to learn more about the Center for Cancer Surgery, call (888) 777-4167 or visit www.henryford.com/cancer.