Compass Cancer Center Food Drive a Huge Success

The Compass Cancer Center held a food drive to benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Patients and Staff contributed 217 pounds of food that will benefit the hungry in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Isabella, Clare, Shiawassee and Gratiot counties.

The Compass Cancer Center, located in East Lansing, Mich., opened in 2014. The Center was designed to create an exceptional patient care experience with the comforts of home in a first-class cancer center. In addition to providing state-of-the-art cancer therapies, the Compass Cancer Center offers psychosocial support and integrative medicine services to help patients and their families manage both the emotional and physical symptoms that may arise during cancer treatment.

Thanks to the generosity of the Cancer Center patients and staff, the food bank will be able to prepare 181 meals to feed the hungry in the community.

Compass Cancer Center Announces the Addition of Electronic Brachytherapy Capabilities to Its Arsenal of Technology Driven Tools to Fight Skin Cancer

East Lansing, Michigan – July 28, 2015 – The Compass Cancer Center announced today that it has added a potent new tool to its arsenal of capabilities to fight skin cancer for its patients. This tool is state- of –the- art Esteya Electronic Brachytherapy (bray-kee-THER-eh-pee) treatment, a patient-friendly solution for treating skin cancers via a nonsurgical treatment option. This treatment destroys cancer cells while sparing healthy surrounding tissue. There is no recovery downtime for the patient—which means minimal impact on his or her daily activities.

 

Skin cancer commonly occurs on sun-exposed areas—such as one’s face, hands, legs, or scalp—where post-surgery scars are undesirable. If diagnosed with skin cancer, patients should ask their dermatologist if they are a candidate for Esteya Electronic Brachytherapy, the non-invasive option for treating skin cancer. How does it work?

 

The Esteya system brings a small x-ray source very close to your cancer lesion. Rather than surgically cutting tissue away, high dose rate (HDR) radiation is precisely focused at the cancerous tissue to destroy it. Treatment requires just a few brief visits and offers a gentler alternative to surgery. Skin cancer treatment requires an individualized approach. Compass Cancer Center Physicians will recommend a course of treatment and therapeutic modality based on the patient’s general health, age, medical history and the type, size and location of the cancer. Especially for patients whose skin cancer lesions occur in highly visible areas, Esteya offers a new option that can add to excellent cosmetic and clinical results. The Esteya treatment is determined by and performed in collaboration with the patient’s dermatologist. Esteya, designed by the global leader in brachytherapy, allows the treatment to be focused directly at the cancerous lesion without damaging surrounding tissue. Esteya is designed to enable safe and effective treatment of a variety of body surfaces and challenging areas—such as around the eyes or on the nose or ear. Built-in technology protects the patient’s safety while optimizing treatment outcomes. Common side effects of radiation therapy may include temporary redness, dryness, itching or soreness in the treated area.

 

Compass Chief Operating Officer, David Corteville stated, “The team at Compass is committed to assembling  the finest people, technology, patient-friendly processes, facilities and data so that we can state emphatically that patient care will be first rate in every aspect. This is the formula for positive treatment outcomes. The addition of the Esteya Electronic Brachytherapy treatment for our patients with skin cancer is one more tool in our arsenal to provide the latest in patient friendly, effective care. This technology is precise, comfortable for patients, non-invasive and takes just a few minutes per session typically over six to eight sessions.”

 

Compass Rehabilitation is a member of Compass Health, a group medical practice of independent physicians from throughout the mid -Michigan region, who have aligned to assure the highest quality care for their patients at the lowest possible cost. By combining resources, identifying opportunities for collaboration and assuring better communications, Compass is uniquely focused on meeting the challenges which will accompany nationwide healthcare reform, while never losing sight of the equally unique needs of every patient and their families. Collectively, the physicians in Compass Health treat more than 100,000 patient visits yearly in the mid- Michigan region, in a variety of both surgical and nonsurgical specialties.

 

The Compass Health model coordinates a wide range of ancillary services including lab, rehabilitation, imaging, information technology and group purchasing to support the needs of the participating practices while never losing focus on how to provide the best care possible for every patient. .

 

To learn more about the Compass Health or to speak to one of our clinicians, call 517-999-5900.

Compass Health Offers State of The Art Skin Cancer Treatment

A new treatment option for those diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC)

If you’ve been diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), including basal and squamous cell carcinomas, you’re probably wondering about your treatment options and how your life might be impacted.

Skin cancer commonly occurs on exposed areas, such as your face, hands, legs or scalp, where uneven surfaces may make treatment challenging, or where post-surgery scars are undesirable. If you have been diagnosed with NMSC, perhaps Compass Health’s new electronic brachytherapy treatment is right for you.

What Is Electronic Brachytherapy Treatment?

Compass Health’s brachytherapy treatment is the only treatment of its kind in mid- Michigan. The system brings a small X-ray source very close to the cancer lesion. Rather than surgically cutting the tissue away, high dose rate (HDR) radiation is precisely focused at cancerous tissue to destroy it. Treatments require just a few brief visits to the Compass Cancer Center.

Skin cancer treatment requires an individualized approach. Your Compass Health radiation oncologist will recommend a course of treatment and therapeutic modality based on your general health, age, medical history and the type, size and location of your cancer. Even in patients whose NMSC occurs in highly visible areas, Compass Health offers a new option with excellent cosmetic and clinical results.

Is It Safe?

At Compass Health, your treatment is performed under the direction of a Board –Certified Radiation Oncologist – a physician who is specially trained and experienced in cancer and radiation treatments. Designed by a global leader in brachytherapy, this treatment allows the therapy to be focused directly at the cancerous lesion without damaging surrounding tissue. The applicators are uniquely designed to protect the healthy surrounding skin without additional shielding meaning your treatment is provided in a comfortable office room setting. The applicators come in a variety of sizes to enable safe and effective treatment of the challenging areas – such as around the eyes, on the nose, or on the shin. And, built-in features support your safety while optimizing treatment benefits.

Common side effects may include temporary redness, dryness, itching or soreness in the treated area. Be sure to discuss all the possible side effects with your Compass Health physician in order to make an informed decision in your own best interest.

The Compass Health team is here for you

We understand that you may have questions or apprehensions about any treatment modalities. Be assured that you will feel a part of your treatment plan. At Compass Health, we are dedicated to our patients and believe in straight-forward and compassionate communication. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Compass Cancer Center earns ACR accreditation

CT_BlueAugust 2014, East Lansing, MI—Compass Cancer Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Area physicians develop new direction in outpatient radiation treatment

The Compass Cancer Center was founded by leaders in the mid-Michigan physician community committed to providing the highest level of cancer care. These physician leaders represent a wide range of specialties and are your physicians in the community. The Compass Cancer Center was built on the shared vision of delivering the latest medical advances to their patients with compassion and respect and raising the standard of outpatient cancer care in our region.

“The Compass Cancer Center will address the unmet need within our community and region to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art, patient-focused outpatient cancer treatment services,” said Dr. Christopher Abood, one of the founders of Compass Health Care.Dr. Abood noted that, until now, the only option for patients was to have those treatments in a hospital setting. “This new technology will provide the highest quality of care while focusing on the comfort of our patients.”

Everything about the Compass Cancer Center was designed to create an exceptional patient care experience with the comforts of home in a first-class cancer center. The center treats patients from the mid-Michigan region using advanced radiation technology via the state-of-the-art Elekta InfinityTM radiation treatment system.

In addition to providing state-of-the-art cancer therapies, the Compass Cancer Center offers psychosocial support and integrative medicine services to help patients and their families manage both the emotional and physical symptoms that may arise during cancer treatment. When a patient comes to the Compass Cancer Center for treatment, they can feel confident that they are receiving the best care available.

Compass Cancer Center is part of Compass Health Care, a group medical practice of independent physicians from throughout the mid-Michigan region who have aligned to assure the highest quality care for their patients at the lowest possible cost. By combining resources, identifying opportunities for collaboration and assuring better communications, Compass is uniquely focused on meeting the challenges which will accompany nationwide healthcare reform, while never losing sight of the equally unique needs of each of our patients and their families. Collectively the physicians in Compass Health Care treat more than 100,000 patient visits yearly in the mid-Michigan region in a variety of both surgical and nonsurgical specialties.

The region’s most advanced radiation therapy is here

Patients from throughout mid-Michigan now have access to the region’s most advanced  cancer radiation therapy, thanks to technology available at the Compass Cancer Center.

In the mid-Michigan region, only the Compass Cancer Center provides treatment with the state-of-the-art Elekta InfinityTM radiation treatment system, which offers safer and more accurate treatment. Sophisticated computer programming allows clinicians using Elekta Infinity to create a dose that conforms very tightly to the cancer area, and deliver it in significantly less time than with conventional techniques. This reduces the toxicity, and thus many of the side effects, associated with radiation treatments. In addition, this technology offers the ability to treat cancers more aggressively than ever before, allowing Compass Cancer Center to treat some cancer cases previously deemed untreatable.

In bringing this new technology to the East Lansing center, the Compass Health Care team is committed to providing the highest level of cancer care to those in need. “The Compass Cancer Center will address the unmet need within our community and region to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art, patient-focused outpatient cancer treatment services. Currently the only option for our patients is to have those treatments in a hospital setting,” stated Dr. Christopher Abood, one of the founders of Compass Health Care. “This new technology will provide the highest quality of care while focusing on the comfort of our patients.”

Mid-Michigan’s state-of-the-art outpatient cancer treatment center opens

This spring, the Compass Cancer Center opened its doors and began treating patients from across the mid-Michigan region. Created by area physicians, Compass Cancer Center is an outpatient cancer radiation therapy center designed to:

  • Deliver the latest medical advances to our patients with compassion and respect
  • Raise the standard of outpatient cancer care in our region
  • Participate in programs designed to foster new knowledge that not only helps cure cancer in patients today, but helps to prevent it in generations to come
  • Address the impact of cancer on the residents of mid-Michigan through compassionate care, outreach and prevention programs

The Compass Cancer Center was founded by leaders in the mid-Michigan physician community to promote a seamless integration between patient care, education and community outreach.

Everything about the Center was designed to create an exceptional patient care experience with the comforts of home in a first-class cancer center. In addition to providing state-of-the-art cancer therapies, the Compass Cancer Center offers psychosocial support and integrative medicine services to help patients and their families manage both the emotional and physical symptoms that may arise during cancer treatment. When a patient comes to the Compass Cancer Center for treatment, they can feel confident that they are receiving the best care available.