Cancer


Szczepanek Receives National ASCO ‘Partners in Progress’ Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 8, 2019 – Connie Szczepanek, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.P., research director, Spectrum Health, and director of the Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan (CRCWM), has received American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Partners in Progress Award. She was presented with the award on June 2 during the Annual ASCO meeting in Chicago. […]



Free Skin Cancer Screenings Available May 7

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 24, 2019 –It’s always nice to get something for “free.” Spectrum Health is offering a “freebie” soon that could actually save lives. On Tuesday, May 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Spectrum Health will offer free skin cancer screenings throughout the community on a walk-in basis (no appointment necessary). Dermatologists […]



Go Away Winter!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 1, 2019 – Despite the cold, snow, ice and wind that have been a challenging part of this West Michigan winter, the unofficial running season will get underway with the Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 16. The event seeks to raise funds and awareness for colorectal cancer […]



New Study Identifies Specific Obesity-Related Risk Factors for Kidney Cancer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A new study confirms the long-suspected role of obesity as a risk factor for developing renal cell carcinoma (RCC), a type of kidney cancer, and identifies several specific obesity-related factors. These factors include multiple measures of obesity, diastolic blood pressure and fasting insulin. In contrast, the study found little evidence for […]



Cancer Patients Offered New Therapy at Spectrum Health

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., January 7, 2019 – Spectrum Health Cancer Center is now able to offer a new procedure, and more hope, to cancer patients. This breakthrough in the fight against cancer uses a patient’s own white blood cells to seek out and destroy cancer cells. It is called CAR T-cell therapy, an FDA-approved immunotherapy […]



Spectrum Health Receives Cancer Prevention Grant

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 16, 2018 – Spectrum Health’s Betty Ford Breast Care Services has received a $25,000 grant aimed at cancer prevention. Through its community grants program, the Prevent Cancer Foundation® is proud to support 12 projects focused on increasing cancer prevention and early detection in communities across the U.S., from Los Angeles to […]



Spectrum Health Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 3, 2018 – Skin cancer continues to be a concern for Michigan residents as the number of people diagnosed each year continues to be high. The best way to find skin cancer in its earliest and most treatable stage is by self-checking regularly and having a dermatologist perform a focused skin […]



Spectrum Health Irish Jig Registration Opens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 17, 2018 – With the start of the new year, Spectrum Health is determined to think spring. Online registration for the 35th Annual Spectrum Health Irish Jig, to be held in East Grand Rapids on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, is live now at www.spectrumhealth.org/irish-jig. The Irish Jig is recognized […]



Spectrum Health Introduces New Prostate Screening Guidelines

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 27, 2017 – Spectrum Health has just adopted new guidelines for screening men for the possibility of prostate cancer. These new guidelines are in response to an uptick in the number of prostate cancer patients who are being diagnosed in advanced stages, rather than early on in the disease. According to […]



Being Candid about Breast Cancer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 10, 2017 – Spectrum Health will once again bring the community together to focus on a life-threatening disease that continues to impact thousands of families in West Michigan. Candid Conversations, a free community event celebrating National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. […]



Meijer Partnership with Spectrum Health Increases Customer Access to Mammography Services

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer is joining forces with Spectrum Health to make getting screened for breast cancer more convenient than ever. Meijer is sponsoring a new mobile mammography unit that will be operated by Spectrum Health’s Betty Ford Breast Care Services. An open house to celebrate the launch of the unit will be held […]



Getting Candid about Breast Cancer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 17, 2016 – Spectrum Health is doing its best to remind women about the importance of regular screening for breast cancer. Candid Conversations, a community event celebrating National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19. The event will be held at […]