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Cancer Diagnosis

Learning that you or someone you love has cancer can make you feel that your world is being turned upside down. Your initial thoughts may be "How could this have happened to me?" and "How will I get through this?"

A cancer diagnosis is shocking and overwhelming. 

Specially trained nurse navigators are available to patients and their loved ones before, during, and after a diagnosis of cancer has been made. These nurses provide real-time education, guidance, and support to patients as they progress through their treatment and beyond into survivorship.

At Spectrum Health Lakeland, physicians and care providers meet before starting treatment to review each person's case. These weekly multidisciplinary cancer conferences are conducted to help coordinate care and enhance collaboration among team members. In addition, Spectrum Health Lakeland collaborates with community organizations that share the goal of cancer awareness and education, including the Berrien County Cancer Services and the American Cancer Society.

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Provider Video Profile: Kathryn Vera, NP (Oncology)

Advanced practitioner Kathryn Vera works in the high risk cancer program at Spectrum Health Lakeland.

Provider Video Profile: Samantha Witt, genetic counselor (Oncology)

Genetic counselor Samantha Witt works in the high risk cancer program at Spectrum Health Lakeland.

Breast reconstruction: Shelly Morlock "A restored sense of confidence"

A small, cancerous lump in Shelly Morlock's right breast required a mastectomy along with a full course of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Jeff Hannan "Three Years Later and a Clean Bill of Health"

Jeff Hannan's primary care provider discovered a strange lump on his neck which he later learned was thyroid cancer. Two surgeries and multiple tests later, he is happy to have received a clean bill of health at his last check-up.

Cancer Care: Timothy Miller "Do Not Give Up"

After Timothy Miller started to notice that he was having trouble communicating, doctors discovered he had a brain tumor, lung cancer, and skin cancer. Timothy shares his journey to healing and his inspiring message of never giving up.

Physician Video Profile: Daniel Douce, MD (Oncology)

Daniel Douce, MD, specializes in hematology and oncology and will provide care in St. Joseph and Niles.

"Dance Our Towns Pink" Video 2019

Lakeland team members and the community dance to raise breast cancer awareness

Provider Video Profile: Meredith Krugh, NP (Oncology)

Meredith Krugh, an oncology nurse practitioner is providing care at Lakeland Cancer Specialists, in St. Joseph and Niles.

Intraoperative Radiation Therapy: Kellie Tyler "Catching Cancer Early"

Breast cancer survivor, Kellie Tyler, shares her experience undergoing Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) treatment.

Check-Up: Catching Colon Cancer Early (Craig Kline, MD, General Surgery)

General surgeon, Craig Kline, MD, shares how colonoscopies can detect and remove polyps which may lead to colon cancer.

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