Patient and Visitor Information

Patient and Visitor Information
for Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Lapeer Region

Amenities

Beverages and Vending Machines

Lunches provided to infusion patients — sandwich, beverage, snack. Vending machines are located in the front lobby of the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Lapeer Region, adjacent to the front door.

A variety of local eateries are available in the area. Please ask any staff member for more information on local restaurants and coffee shops

Parking

Free parking is available for your convenience. Multiple handicapped spaces are available for use. Please do not park in the patient drop-off and pick-up area near the front door. Wheelchairs are available for use during your visit to the cancer center. These are located just inside the front door entrance.

Patient Resource Library

Our Resource Library is located directly off the main lobby of the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Lapeer Region. This room is designed to offer our patients and their family members the opportunity to obtain additional printed information on their particular diagnosis that is available from national organizations (such as American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute).

Computers with Internet access are available to patients and their family members to help assist with obtaining further information through online resources.

PET/CT

PET/CT is a nuclear scan that helps detect disease and cancer in your body. This service is available at McLaren Lapeer Region every Wednesday through our Radiology Department.

No Smoking / Help Quitting Tobacco

The Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Lapeer Region is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. We ask that patients and their family members refrain from smoking or using any tobacco related products during your visit, including but not limited to e-cigarettes and e-vaporizers.

Free counseling is offered to all of our patients and family members who decide they would like to quit using any tobacco products by either calling the Michigan Tobacco Quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW

Smoking cessation is also offered at our organization with one-on-one smoking cessation support. To receive information on one-on-one support, please ask any of our staff members.

Internet Access

Wi-Fi is available free of charge to patients and their family members wishing to utilize any Wi-Fi capable electronic device. To connect to our free Wi-Fi, please search your network settings and select the “guest” option.

Healing Garden, walkway

At Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Lapeer Region, we feel it is important to not only heal the patient’s body, but also their spirit.

Our tranquil environment offers our patients and their family members an outdoor space to sooth, calm and rejuvenate or to restore one’s mental or emotional health.

We encourage our visitors to wander our beautiful paths, sit near one of our fountains or reflect while overlooking our pond to maximize their overall healing experience.

Lab Services

Laboratory services are offered both on-site and at McLaren Lapeer Region to provide convenient care to our patients.

Resources and Support

While you and your family adjust to a new cancer diagnosis, staff members are committed to helping you understand and manage your cancer treatments. We are pleased to offer individualized and personal support.

Cancer Care Nursing Team

Our Oncology Certified Nurses (OCN) are committed to providing all of our patients the highest level of care they deserve. Our nursing staff at Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Lapeer Region has worked to obtain additional education and training that specializes in oncology (cancer) care.

Our nurses work hand-in-hand with patients, their families, caregivers, medical staff and the community to assure than an appropriate plan of care is developed and implemented to meet the needs of our patients. The nursing staff will work collaboratively to educate and schedule medical care as deemed appropriate to the patient’s treatment.

Education and Cancer Resource Center

This is a patient and family friendly health library. Cancer patients and their caregivers have access to the center, located in the lobby at the Bay office. The center is designed specifically to assist the cancer patients with their journey and need for information and resources. Topics include information on the diagnosis, treatment of cancer and coping with side effects. Literature, videotapes, DVD’s and a lending library provide useful information and tools.

Genetic Counseling

The Cancer Genetic Counseling Service at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center involves documenting detailed personal and family history, conducting a personalized risk assessment and discussing your genetic testing options. The goal is to help you understand your cancer risk and the chance that cancer might be passed along through the genes in your family (risk assessment). This information can also help you to become more involved in ways to reduce your risk by modifying your lifestyle and developing a personalized screening and treatment plan.

Digital Mammography

Mammography is a special type of x-ray that is tuned to detect breast abnormalities.Mammography is performed both as a screening test (recommended annually for women over 40 and earlier in certain cases) and as a diagnostic test (when a closer look is needed

Integrative Therapies

Integrative therapies are used with cancer treatments to treat the whole patient, which includes mind and body. These therapies place an emphasis on decreasing stress and anxiety to improve overall a general sense of well-being. Integrative therapies which are intermittently available include:

  • Look Good...Feel Better ® Program
  • Art Therapy
  • Partnership with Katie’s Spa, Lapeer, offering yoga classes

Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic

The Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic (MDBC) was designed to reduce the time from breast cancer diagnosis to treatment. The clinic is typically held every Tuesday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. The MDBC team generally meets at 8:00 a.m. to evaluate and discuss treatment options for each patient and develops individualized comprehensive treatment plans. The team consists of cancer specialists from multiple departments including: Surgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Patient Navigation, Social Work, Radiology and Pathology. Specific members of the MDBC team will meet with each patient on the clinic day to discuss their diagnosis and explain the team’s consensus recommendations. This approach allows the patient to meet with members of their care team in a single visit at one location. Patients may be seen by several physicians’ and other members of the care team during their visit and should plan to be at the clinic for a few hours. Additional testing may be ordered and/or completed during this visit.

Nutrition Counseling

Your nutritional needs vary depending on your disease, cancer treatment and your metabolism. It is important to know that everyone does not have difficulty with nutrition Not everyone has difficulty with nutrition. If you have any questions about nutrition or how to eat during your cancer care, please discuss with your physician or nurse. They may refer you to speak with a registered dietitian who can help address your needs. In addition, the resource room has general information on healthy eating habits to support you during your treatment and beyond.

Path Program

The Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) program is designed to provide skills and tools to help people living with long term health problems live happier healthier lives. This is a free, fun, interactive, six-week workshop led by certified professionals. Each participant will receive a copy of the book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”

Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine and Fitness

The goal of the McLaren Lapeer Region Physical Therapy Center is to rehabilitate individuals with disabilities, chronic illnesses or injury. Its objective is to restore, maintain and/or promote maximum health and mobility for the patient utilizing the expert skills of therapists, the latest therapeutic techniques and a state-of-the-art facility that is convenient and close to home. We have assembled a team of skilled professionals, including physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, speech therapists and certified athletic trainers. This team works to develop specialized treatment plans to individuals of all age

Spiritual and Pastoral Care

A sense of meaning, purpose and connection beyond oneself can help to improve the quality of life and put problems into perspective. Each person’s spiritual beliefs and experiences are nurtured in different ways. McLaren Lapeer Region has non- denominational chaplain services are available to any patient and/or family member in need of counseling and spiritual guidance. Please ask any of our staff members for additional information on how to obtain spiritual/pastoral care services at our facility.

Social Work

Social work strives to address the psychosocial needs of the patient and their families during all phases of cancer treatment.

Patient Navigation

can assist you with a large variety of community and health resources. Some of these include:

  • Resources for financial services
  • Patient assistance programs and prescription drug programs
  • Transportation
  • Insurance and disability benefit information
  • Emergency food services
  • Cancer education materials, support groups and services within our community for cancer patients

Support/Educational Groups

These groups provide an opportunity to network, learn and alleviate feelings of isolation. We offer a monthly support group, held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in the front lobby of our Cancer Center. Our support group is a place for anyone touched by cancer can come together to meet and provide support for one another.

If you have any questions on our support group, please contact our social worker at 248-922-6623.

Wig Services

Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Lapeer Region is pleased to offer free wig services to women experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for women in treatment and we strive to be culturally sensitive in meeting the needs of women from all ethnic backgrounds. This service is intended for women with limited financial resources and is available to any woman receiving treatment at a McLaren facility.

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