What To Expect

What to expect as our patient

At McLaren Proton Therapy Center, our team works very hard to streamline your care and make the treatment process as convenient and relaxed as possible. Should you receive care at our center, you can expect treatment to involve the following steps:

  1. Pre-appointment case review
  2. Consultation
  3. Simulation and treatment planning
  4. A collaborative team of physicians, physicists, dosimetrists and other experts who design and optimize your treatment plan
  5. Treatment
  6. Coordination of follow-up care

Treatment Experience

Proton therapy is a noninvasive modality, and the actual beam of protons is only delivered for several minutes per session. Typically, the entire treatment experience, from entering the Proton Center to the completion of treatment, takes less than an hour. Depending on the specific case, patients typically receive these daily outpatient treatments for a number of weeks, with treatment plans varying based on tumor type, location and size. Because of proton therapy’s noninvasive nature, many patients report fewer side effects, with most feeling well enough to continue on with their normal daily activities during the treatment period.

Doctor Gayar speaking with patient

Caring for all your needs

Treating the physical part of cancer is absolutely essential. But, at McLaren Proton Therapy Center, we also understand the importance of addressing the nonphysical challenges that can often accompany a cancer diagnosis. Cancer treatment is a journey and we’re here to help - every step of the way - with all of the support services you need.

  • Our intake specialist coordinates and streamlines the intake process. Here to assist you from the moment you express an interest in our center, this professional is specially trained to address the unique needs of cancer patients and serve as a resource for all your questions, concerns and needs.
  • Nutritional counseling is available with a registered dietitian. The dietitian supports cancer patients by planning an optimal diet during treatment, helping them cope with any treatment side effects, and providing details about the latest findings on cancer and nutrition.
  • A certified art therapist is available to help patients and families cope with a cancer diagnosis, treatment and other related issues. Art therapy is an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of art to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of people. Art therapists assist patients and families by using artwork as a reflective tool.
  • Spiritual support is available to patients and their families, with chaplain representation across many faiths.
  • Yoga, tai chi, Zumba and other wellness classes are available.
  • McLaren Hospitality House, which offers convenient and comfortable accommodations at a reasonable cost.
  • Financial counseling and assistance in working with patients’ insurance providers to define benefits
  • Assistance for families who are interested in making arrangements to pay directly for care
  • Easy and convenient free parking