Cancer


Spectrum Health Cancer Center earns accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers of the American College of Surgeons

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 14, 2021 – The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a quality program administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted accredited status to the Spectrum Health Cancer Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. To achieve voluntary NAPBC accreditation, a breast center demonstrates compliance with the NAPBC standards that […]



The American Cancer Society Awards Spectrum Health Cancer Program Transportation Grant to Remove Barriers for Cancer Patients Receiving Treatment

**Sharing on behalf of the American Cancer Society** For all Spectrum Health Cancer program sites including Grand Rapids, Pennock, Ludington, Reed City, Big Rapids, Fremont, and Greenville starting September 1, 2021.  The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently awarded Spectrum Health a $15,000 grant to help alleviate the financial burden of transportation costs for cancer patients.  […]



Spectrum Health to host LGBTQ+ affirming screening event with Betty Ford Breast Care Services Mobile Mammography Unit

Spectrum Health’s Betty Ford Breast Care Services is offering accessible and inclusive early detection screening through the mobile mammography unit at Baxter Community Center on Saturday, June 12. The screening event is in partnership with the Baxter Community Center, Grand Rapids Pride Center, Grand Rapids LGBTQ+ Healthcare Consortium, and the West Michigan Coalition for Breast […]



Spectrum Health Completes 200th Procedure to Diagnose Difficult Lung Conditions, Improves Patient Outcomes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., – Oct. 12. 2020 – Physicians at Spectrum Health recently completed their 200th procedure using a robotic bronchoscopy platform resulting in the diagnosis of 20% more early-stage lung cancers. This gives patients access to earlier treatment options with higher levels of accuracy. Two years ago, Spectrum Health introduced Auris Health’s Monarch™. More […]



Spectrum Health Mobile Mammography Unit Expands Service

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 27, 2020 –  Spectrum Health is ready to provide mammograms in the era of COVID-19 in the safest way possible. All screening facilities available through Spectrum Health and Betty Ford Breast Care Services are open and are following the CDC guidelines for safe operations. In addition, the Betty Ford Breast Care […]



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 […]