to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.6 million new cancer cases
are expected to be diagnosed in 2015. Nearly 600,000 Americans —
more than 11,500 in Wisconsin alone — are expected to die from
cancer this year, making it the second most common cause of death in
what you expect from population growth and an aging demographic,"
stresses Dr. Michael Thompson, medical director of the early phase
cancer research program at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora
St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.
numbers like this, it’s important for cancer patients of all ages to
have access to lifesaving treatments.
turned cancer from what was commonly a quickly life-threatening
diagnosis for many people into a chronic and manageable illness, but
it means that people need care," adds Thompson.
The UW Cancer
Center at ProHealth Care in Pewaukee opened its doors in early August.
The $70 million facility, just north of I-94 on Highway 164, was built
by ProHealth Care, which contracted with UW Health to oversee medical
care at the new center.
"It will be
a joint venture for ongoing operations, with the hope that there are
things that the university can bring to the program that will be of
added value for patients in the Waukesha County area," says Dr.
Daniel Mulkerin, medical director at the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth
Care in Pewaukee and the UW Carbone Cancer Center in Madison.
fall is the nearly $150 million, eight-story Froedert & the
Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Advanced Care in Wauwatosa.
This new facility will provide speciality care for cardiac, transplant
and/or surgical/interventional cases, in which the top two floors will
be inpatient units for cancer patients. This facility is in addition
to Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Clinical
what’s happening in the Milwaukee market is reflective of what’s
happening around the country with cancer care. It is requiring
different facilities to house the technology," says Mulkerin.
health experts, cancer treatment today is much more of a team
discipline, which requires a different type of facility. Many see new
cancer centers as a modernized approach to care, replacing single
clinics of the past.
tend to choose facilities that are new and have cutting edge
technology," says Thompson. "They want to have access to
clinical trials and things like immunotheraphy and precision,
personalized cancer care."
agree that cancer patients don’t want to travel too far for
treatment, meaning more choices, closer to home, produces better
delivers targeted radiation
medical multi-tasking that gives cancer patients a better chance
of a better outcome. Viewray enables doctors to deliver
radiation more accurately to targeted areas of the body while a
patient is undergoing an MRI.
technology is very, very new," says Dr. Michael Bassetti,
assistant professor of human oncology at the University of
Wisconsin School of Public Health and Medicine, which was only
the second institution in the world to use the device.
MRI-guided radiation therapy that gives doctors more detailed
pictures of the location of tumors in soft tissue areas that
show active movement during the breathing cycle. The imaging
facilitates delivering radiation only when the tumor is in the
exact targeted location.
used this a lot for pancreatic cancer patients, for patients
with liver metastases, lung cancer patients and breast cancer
patients," Bassetti says.
were a number of liver patients I wouldn’t have treated
otherwise. For those patients, it has made a difference in that
they were able to get a treatment they otherwise wouldn’t
technology allows flexibility in short- and long-term radiation
therapy. Treatments can be revised while a patient is still on
the table during a daily session or over a several week course