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Anthony Mansour – Rectal Cancer Survivor

Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center Offers Suburban Patients the Latest Therapies and Treatments

For cancer patients undergoing weeks or months of radiation or chemotherapy treatments, it can be difficult to commute from the suburbs to the Karmanos Cancer Center in midtown Detroit. To make treatments convenient for suburban patients and their families, Karmanos is bringing its world-class care to their neighborhoods.

At the Lawrence and Idell Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center in Farmington Hills, patients have convenient access to chemotherapy, radiation oncology, surgical consultation for head and neck, gynecologic and urological cancers and other services in an atmosphere designed to provide comfort and healing. It features a home-like environment that includes a fireplace, individual changing rooms, kitchenettes and a soothing waterfall. Patients can also access clinical trials, on-site cancer and nutritional counseling services, massage therapy and other amenities.

“The Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center provides patients with the same level of quality and compassionate care as our Detroit location,” says Jordan Maier, M.D., Weisberg Center medical director and assistant professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine. “This includes our multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment and our commitment to research. Besides the advantages of proximity and convenience, patients at Weisberg can enjoy our comfortable, state-of-the-art facility.”

Philip A. Philip, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP, professor of Medicine and Oncology at Karmanos and Wayne State’s medical school and leader of the Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal Oncology Team at Karmanos, adds that the satellite locations give Karmanos the ability to make the latest therapies available to more patients across the region.

“As a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, Karmanos can apply new therapies to patient care before anyone else in metro Detroit,” Dr. Philip says. “We have an obligation to provide our care and cutting-edge treatments to suburban patients within their neighborhoods.”

Treating More than the Tumor

Doctors and staff at Karmanos’ Weisberg Center are also sensitive to the cultural needs of their patients. When Anthony Mansour of West Bloomfield was diagnosed with advanced rectal cancer in 2004 at age 24, he and his family were devastated.

“Anthony was very ill and in a lot of pain when he first came to the Weisberg Center,” says Dr. Philip. “His family is Chaldean, and because of cultural issues and language barriers, his parents didn’t fully understand the treatment options. I grew up in Iraq and was able to speak with Anthony’s parents in Arabic. Understanding their culture and language allowed me to ease their anxiety and give them some reassurance.”

“The diagnosis was really tough on my parents,” says Mansour. “Dr. Philip not only understood what I was going through, but also how my parents felt. I especially appreciated the way he interacted with my mom.”

Mansour was facing a permanent colostomy, which is not preferred for someone his age. Dr. Philip and the members of the Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal Oncology Team met to discuss his case. They designed a treatment strategy that would give him the best chance to survive without losing normal anal function. Mansour responded very well to a newer type of radiation treatment and chemotherapy, which led to a successful surgical procedure.

Today, Mansour is cancer-free with normal body function. He says the surroundings at Weisberg helped him maintain a positive outlook as he went through treatment.

“When you’re diagnosed with cancer, you have to stay positive and block out all the negativity,” Mansour says. “The Weisberg Center helps you do that. It feels more like a resort than a hospital because of its setting within a wooded area. Besides being close to home, Weisberg has great physicians and staff and the latest medical technology. They really know how to take care of business.”

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