Spectrum Health Lakeland

2021 Cancer Care Report Highlights Oncology Milestones

ST. JOSEPH, Mich., Jan. 3, 2022 – Spectrum Health Lakeland recently released the 2021 cancer care report which looks at cancer cases locally and nationally to understand trends, support cancer research, measure progress in prevention efforts, and improve cancer outcomes.

In 2020, 1,115 total cancer cases were treated at Lakeland and added to the National Cancer Data Base. Of those patients:

• Five most common cancer sites in order of prevalence: lung, breast, prostate, colorectal, and bladder
• Gender distribution: 55.3% female and 44.8% male
• Age distribution: 62% age 60 years and older, 25.9% between the ages of 30 and 59, and 2.3% age 29 years or younger
• Mean age of cancer patients: 65 years

Spectrum Health Lakeland is accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program. The Radiation Oncology Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). In addition, Lakeland is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

“As an accredited organization we have proven ourselves through legitimate third parties that we meet or exceed strict quality standards,” said Barbara Schmidtman, PhD, senior director cancer services, Spectrum Health Lakeland. “From screening and diagnosis to treatment and survivor support, patients can be confident they’ll find the care and resources they need to navigate the cancer journey, right here in Southwest Michigan.”

For more information or to read the full report, visit spectrumhealthlakeland.org/cancer

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Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

Jessica Springer
PR Specialist
Phone: (269) 927-5271
Email: jspringer1@lakelandhealth.org