01. History

History of Van Elslander Cancer Center

Van Elslander Cancer Center is located in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Part of St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Van Elslander Cancer Center is a teaching hospital and trauma center that serves the greater eastern Detroit area.

The Van Elslander Cancer Center opened in 2001. It is dedicated to providing the highest quality comprehensive care services available. The center offers a wide range of services, including:

  • Radiation
  • Oncology
  • Surgery
  • Medical oncology
  • Diagnostic and treatment services
  • Cancer risk reduction
  • Cancer screening
  • Support groups
  • Clinical research
  • Pediatric clinic
  • Professional and community education programs
  • Breast center
  • Healing arts center
  • Hospice

St. John Hospital is part of the Ascension healthcare network. Ascension was formed in 2012 by Ascension Health. It is a faith-based, non-profit health system with hospitals and senior living facilities across the United States.

02. Mesothelioma Care

Mesothelioma Care at Van Elslander Cancer Center

Van Elslander Cancer Center provides several options for mesothelioma care and treatment. At this cancer center, doctors and nurses create and deliver a personalized treatment and support plan. A patient’s team may include:

  • Medical oncologists
  • Radiation specialists
  • Surgical oncologists
  • Oncology-certified nurses
  • Palliative care specialists
  • Genetic counselors
  • Dietitians
  • Rehabilitation therapists

Throughout a patient’s treatment they will have a dedicated nurse practitioner, nurse navigator and a certified cancer dietitian to provide support and guidance.

The center also has a designated Peritoneal Malignancies Program, where peritoneal mesothelioma patients can be treated. Surgical oncologists at Van Elslander Cancer Center specialize in heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). HIPEC is a heated chemotherapy wash administered to the abdominal cavity after surgery to remove tumors and lesions. It is a common treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma.

Under the direction of Dr. Richard Berri, Director of the Surgical Oncology and Peritoneal Malignancies Program, St. John Hospital has grown to be one of the largest HIPEC Programs in the United States.

03. Specializations

Van Elslander Cancer Center Specializations

  • Clinical Trials
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgical Oncology
04. Hospital Services

Patient and Family Services at Van Elslander Cancer Center

As part of Ascension, patients of the Van Elslander Cancer Center have access to many different support services in southeastern Michigan.

05. Offsite Services in Grosse Pointe Woods

Patient and Family Services in the Grosse Pointe Woods Area

Van Elslander Cancer Center is located in the southeastern Michigan city of Grosse Pointe Woods. As a result, many services are easily accessible for mesothelioma patients and their families in Grosse Pointe Woods and surrounding cities. These off-site services include counseling, hospice care, support groups and pain clinics.

Cancer Support Groups
Educational Programs and Workshops
Nutritional Support
One-on-one Support
Pain Clinics
Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
Social Connection Event