Compass Medical Professionals Participate on National Skin Cancer Research

Compass radiation oncologist Dr. Edward K. Lee and radiation oncology resident Dr. Joshua D. Corteville present the results of their research at the recent meeting of the American College of Radiation Oncology.  The research addressed the use of electronic brachytherapy in the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers.  Compass Healthcare is the only cancer center in the mid-Michigan area to offer electronic brachytherapy as a state of the art cancer treatment modality.


Dr. Joshua D. Corteville and Dr. Edward K. Lee

Compass Cancer Center Food Drive a Huge Success

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Compass Cancer Center Staff

The Compass Cancer Center recently held a food drive to benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Patients and Staff contributed 217 pounds of food that will benefit the hungry in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Isabella, Clare, Shiawassee and Gratiot counties.

The Compass Cancer Center, located in East Lansing, Mich., opened in 2014. The Center was designed to create an exceptional patient care experience with the comforts of home in a first-class cancer center. In addition to providing state-of-the-art cancer therapies, the Compass Cancer Center offers psychosocial support and integrative medicine services to help patients and their families manage both the emotional and physical symptoms that may arise during cancer treatment.

Thanks to the generosity of the Cancer Center patients and staff, the food bank will be able to prepare 181 meals to feed the hungry in the community with this donation.

Compass Health Offers State of The Art Skin Cancer Treatment

July 14, 2015

A new treatment option for those diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC)

esteya2If you’ve been diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), including basal and squamous cell carcinomas, you’re probably wondering about your treatment options and how your life might be impacted.

Skin cancer commonly occurs on exposed areas, such as your face, hands, legs or scalp, where uneven surfaces may make treatment challenging, or where post-surgery scars are undesirable. If you have been diagnosed with NMSC, perhaps Compass Health’s new electronic brachytherapy treatment is right for you.

What Is Electronic Brachytherapy Treatment?

Compass Health’s brachytherapy treatment is the only treatment of its kind in mid- Michigan. The system brings a small X-ray source very close to the cancer lesion. Rather than surgically cutting the tissue away, high dose rate (HDR) radiation is precisely focused at cancerous tissue to destroy it. Treatments require just a few brief visits to the Compass Cancer Center.

Skin cancer treatment requires an individualized approach. Your Compass Health radiation oncologist will recommend a course of treatment and therapeutic modality based on your general health, age, medical history and the type, size and location of your cancer. Even in patients whose NMSC occurs in highly visible areas, Compass Health offers a new option with excellent cosmetic and clinical results.

Is It Safe?

At Compass Health, your treatment is performed under the direction of a Board –Certified Radiation Oncologist – a physician who is specially trained and experienced in cancer and radiation treatments. Designed by a global leader in brachytherapy, this treatment allows the therapy to be focused directly at the cancerous lesion without damaging surrounding tissue. The applicators are uniquely designed to protect the healthy surrounding skin without additional shielding meaning your treatment is provided in a comfortable office room setting. The applicators come in a variety of sizes to enable safe and effective treatment of the challenging areas – such as around the eyes, on the nose, or on the shin. And, built-in features support your safety while optimizing treatment benefits.

Common side effects may include temporary redness, dryness, itching or soreness in the treated area. Be sure to discuss all the possible side effects with your Compass Health physician in order to make an informed decision in your own best interest.

The Compass Health team is here for you

We understand that you may have questions or apprehensions about any treatment modalities. Be assured that you will feel a part of your treatment plan. At Compass Health, we are dedicated to our patients and believe in straight-forward and compassionate communication. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

 

Compass Rehabilitation Center Receives MRI Accreditation from the American College of Radiology

May 14, 2015

East Lansing, Michigan – May 15, 2015 – The Compass Rehabilitation Center has been notified by the American College of Radiology (ACR) that it has met all the standards for accreditation to provide a full range of MRI diagnostic services for the patients of the region. The accreditation is for three years. According to the ACR, this accreditation signifies that the Compass Rehabilitation Center has met all the technical requirements to provide “this essential service to your community at the highest standards of the radiology profession.”  Compass Chief Operating Officer, David Corteville stated, “The team at Compass is committed to assembling  the finest people, technology, patient-friendly process, facilities and data so that we can state emphatically that patient care will be first rate in every aspect. This is the formula for positive treatment outcomes.”

Compass Rehabilitation is a member of Compass Health, a group medical practice of independent physicians from throughout the mid -Michigan region, who have aligned to assure the highest quality care for their patients at the lowest possible cost. By combining resources, identifying opportunities for collaboration and assuring better communications, Compass is uniquely focused on meeting the challenges which will accompany nationwide healthcare reform, while never losing sight of the equally unique needs of every patient and their families. Collectively, the physicians in Compass Health treat more than 100,000 patient visits yearly in the mid- Michigan region, in a variety of both surgical and nonsurgical specialties.

The Compass Health model coordinates a wide range of ancillary services including lab, rehabilitation, imaging, information technology and group purchasing to support the needs of the participating practices while never losing focus on how to provide the best care possible for every patient. .

To learn more about the Compass Health or to speak to one of our clinicians, call 517-999-5900.

Compass Cancer earns ACR accreditation

October 14, 2014

ACR logoCompass Cancer Center has been awarded the American College of Radiology’s gold seal of accreditation in computed tomography (CT scanning), signifying the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

The gold seal of accreditation is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR practice guidelines and technical standards.

This means our facility has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally accepted standards of care. The ACR gold seal signifies that our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform medical imaging, interpret your images, and administer your radiation therapy treatments. It is also your assurance that our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive and that our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.

When you see the ACR gold seal, you can rest assured that your prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.