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Inpatient Oncology


Karmanos at McLaren Oakland

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At McLaren Oakland, our medical oncologists specialize in diagnosing and treating multiple cancers. Treatment techniques include surgical interventions, chemotherapy and biological therapies. and many others, Our dedicated, highly trained medical oncologists and team of staff work to provide the best treatment options for our patients using the newest, state-of-the-art technology offered around the globe.

Diagnosis of cancer can be a life changing, stressful time for both a patient and their families. That is why Karmanos at McLaren Oakland’s team of specialists, oncologists, and nurses, work tirelessly around the clock to provide the best care possible. Filled with compassion, dedication, and a drive to succeed, our integrative team provides all patients with access to the latest advancements in cancer care treatment, cutting-edge clinical trials, and innovative programs offered through Karmanos at McLaren Oakland’s main campus in Pontiac.

Cancer Treatment Services include:

  • Surgical and medical oncology
  • CT scans for treatment planning
  • Chemotherapy
  • Clinical trials
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Patient navigation
  • Social work support

Other Services

  • Laboratory services
  • Massage therapy – oncology-trained therapists offer chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy massage
  • Monthly cancer support group
  • McLaren HomeCare, hospice and palliative care

Inpatient Oncology at McLaren Oakland (coming in August 2018)

Karmanos at McLaren Oakland provides clinical expertise and the best treatment options for our cancer patients including:

  • 21 private room inpatient oncology unit; including ICU and step-down care
  • Oncologic surgical center for complex cancer surgeries
  • Hospitalization for disease complications
  • State-of-the-art imaging
  • One sleep room with overnight accommodations
  • Acute Care Center for emergency care
  • Increased access to clinical trials for new treatment options
  • Physician consultation area
  • Family waiting area
  • Family Pantry

With a patient-focused care philosophy, a team of highly trained and dedicated staff, and use of progressive technology, our Karmanos at McLaren Oakland staff provide the best possible treatment plans that offer the best possible outcomes for our patients. Our new leading edge inpatient oncology unit will dramatically change the way care is delivered to patients facing a cancer diagnosis.

Concierge level care with hotel-like amenities are provided on the unit. During your inpatient stay, our services include:

  • Luxury linens
  • Specialized oncology menu
  • Hotel amenities including a full-time clinical concierge staff
  • Patient-family centered visitation access
  • Spirtual care services
  • Clerical services (photocopies, fax, phone calls)
  • Mail services
  • Valet parking
  • Guest escort provided to other areas of the hospital
  • Massage therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Light Yoga

Inpatient Oncology: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make an appointment?

Patients can be directly admitted to the Inpatient Oncology Unit by referral from their oncologist and who meet admission criteria.

What treatment options are available on this Inpatient Oncology Unit?

Treatment varies, based on the type of cancer and its stage. The stage of a cancer refers to how much it has grown and whether the tumor has spread from its original location.

  • If the cancer is in one location and has not spread, the most common treatment approach is surgery to cure the cancer. This is often the case with skin cancers, as well as cancers of the lung, breast, and colon.
  • If the tumor has spread to local lymph nodes only, sometimes these can be removed.
  • If surgery cannot remove all of the cancer, the options for treatment may include radiation, chemotherapy, immunotheraphy, targeted cancer therapies, or other types of treatment. Some cancers require a combination of treatments. Lymphoma, or cancer of the lymph glands, is rarely treated with surgery. Chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, and other nonsurgical therapies are often used.

Although treatment for cancer can be difficult, there are many ways to keep up your strength.

If you have radiation treatment:

  • Treatment is usually scheduled every weekday.
  • You should allow 30 minutes for each treatment session, although the treatment itself usually takes only a few minutes.
  • You should get plenty of rest and eat a well-balanced diet during the course of your radiation therapy.
  • Skin in the treated area may become sensitive and easily irritated.
  • Some side effects of radiation treatment are temporary. They vary, depending on the area of the body that is being treated.

If you have chemotherapy:

  • Eat right.
  • Get plenty of rest, and don't feel like you have to accomplish tasks all at once.
  • Avoid people with colds or the flu. Chemotherapy can cause your immune system to weaken.

Talk with family, friends, or a support group about your feelings. Work with your providers throughout your treatment. Helping yourself can make you feel more in control.

What insurances are accepted?

What patients can be admitted to this unit?

Admitted patients include but are not limited to newly/existing diagnosed Cancer patients requiring Intravenous chemotherapy administration, inpatient stay related to disease complications, and patients requiring surgical intervention


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