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Sparrow Cancer Center showcases innovative new clinic on prostate care, cancers common to men

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For more information, contact John Foren at 517.364.2207.

Date: April 1, 2014

Sparrow Cancer Center showcases innovative new clinic on prostate care and treatment of cancers common to men

LANSING, Mich. – The Sparrow Cancer Center has unveiled an innovative new clinic that’s the only
program of its kind in the region in providing assessments for men with elevated PSA levels and Patients
with urologic cancer.

Prostate cancer, which affects one in six men, is a major component of the clinic, along with
treatment of kidney, testicular, and bladder cancer.

The Multidisciplinary High PSA/Genitourinary (GU) Clinic gathers same-day opinions from various
specialists and offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic strategies specific to the Patient.
Patients referred to the clinic are also assisted and guided through the process by a designated GU
Nurse Navigator, another only-at-Sparrow aspect of the program. The navigator serves as a single point
of contact for Patients during pre-visit preparations, visits to the clinic, and follow-up needs.

“The benefit that we have at Sparrow is that when a Patient is referred with an elevated PSA or GU
cancer they receive a physical evaluation by a urologist, radiation oncologist, and medical oncologist.
These three specialists collaborate with a pathologist and radiologist to develop an individualized,
Patient-centered recommendation for treatment during a single morning,” said GU Nurse Navigator Deb
Batterbee, M.S.N., R.N., ACCNS-AG.

The clinic has already had an impact on patients’ lives.

“A friend of mine, Dr. Tim Hodge of Sparrow Emergency Services, suggested I get in touch with the
Multidisciplinary GU Clinic and that turned out to be a godsend,” said Charles Blockett Jr., of Lansing, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January. “Reading the material, talking to different friends, that’s one thing, but when you have specialists who give you an opinion and you get it from three different
individuals, that’s the icing on the cake.”

For more information, call the Sparrow Cancer Center at 517.364.2890.


Sparrow, a member of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network, is mid-Michigan’s premier healthcare organization that includes hospitals in Lansing, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Physicians Health Network, the Sparrow Medical Group and the Michigan Athletic Club. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 Caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit

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