About Henry Ford Cancer Institute

A National Leader in Personalized Cancer Care

Henry Ford Cancer Institute is one of the largest cancer institutions in Michigan and provides a variety of services including consultative and continuing cancer care services, radiation therapy, surgical oncology, medical oncology and cancer support services. More than 1,300 fellowship trained oncology experts, researchers and other specialists provide care in our five hospitals and multiple outpatient locations in southeast and south central Michigan, anchored by our flagship Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Henry Ford Hospital is recognized for clinical excellence and innovation in the fields of treatment for prostate, brain tumors, breast and lung cancers.

  • We offer 15 multidisciplinary tumor boards and several multidisciplinary clinics.
  • Experts from the Henry Ford Cancer Institute have treated patients from all 50 U.S. states and all continents.
  • In 2017, we served more than 84,000 cancer patients, and recorded more than 7,400 cases.
  • The Henry Ford Cancer Institute is accredited (link to page) by several renowned professional healthcare organizations that supervise the quality of cancer care.
  • Between year-end 2016 and 2017, HFCI grew its total new cancer cases from 5,978 to 7,415, representing a year over year increase of 24%.

Patient Care

Our mission

To provide world-class, multidisciplinary, seamlessly integrated precision cancer care to all patients wherever they encountered the iconic Henry Ford blue sign.

When it comes to facing cancer, patients benefit from a strong unified team approach. Our doctors are specialists in all forms of cancer, from rare conditions to more common. Every patient receives personalized treatment designed specifically for their unique cancer.

Powered by the success of our recent White House Cancer Moonshot visit, and the selection of Henry Ford by the National Institutes of Health as one of only seven sites in the country leading a molecular genetic "All for Us" screening program, the Henry Ford Precision Medicine Program launched and is quickly becoming the largest program of its kind in the state, offering molecular fingerprinting on over 500 potentially targetable genes in the fight against cancer.

Education and Training

The Henry Ford Cancer Institute aims to further the training of undergraduate, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. We support and host many conferences and annual research symposiums, including (breast, head and neck, urology, kidney, etc)

One Team. All For You.

Few programs across the nation can deliver the kind of team that Henry Ford brings to each patient. We have experts in 20 different cancer specialties, with experience and training that is specific to your type of cancer.

Meet Our Team

  • Surgical Oncology

    Our team of fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in cancer is one of the largest and most experienced in the country offering coordinated care and cutting-edge surgical and procedural options. Doctors come from around the world to learn new surgical techniques from our experienced surgeons. We are a national leader in minimally invasive robotic surgery techniques. Many of these procedures are trialed and implemented first by our surgeons. We offer advanced robotic surgery for prostate, kidney, gynecologic, lung, liver and head and neck cancers. We led the development of national guidelines for the treatment of metastatic brain tumors, which have been adopted by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Also, we were the first in Michigan to offer patients a full-field intra-operative MRI, which allows for nearly 100% brain tumor removal during surgery, and minimally invasive (laser) brain surgery for brain tumors.

    Henry Ford Cancer Institute completed XXX cancer related surgeries and procedures in 2017.

    Top five specialties include:

    • Breast XX
    • Urology XX
    • Gynnecologic XX
    • Transplant XX
    • Neurosurgery XX
  • Radiation Oncology

    The collective expertise of our radiation oncologists, physicists and other team members is recognized across the nation. We are known for developing the most advanced cancer therapies, including radiosurgery, and were the first in the world to offer MRI-guided radiation therapy with the View Ray MRIdian Linac. This MRI-guided radiation is transformational allowing us to treat and help cancer patients in completely new ways. With this new system, it is now possible to image the treatment area and deliver radiation at the same time – targeting the tumor and more effectively protecting the surrounding healthy tissue. In addition to the View Ray MRIdian Linac, we were first in North America with the EDGE, stereotactic radiosurgery platform. We also were the first in the world to develop radiosurgery to treat spinal cancer and noncancerous spinal tumors. We offer radiation treatment at several locations across southeast and south central Michigan.

    Henry Ford Cancer Institute radiation oncology provided care to XXX patients in 2017.

  • Medical Oncology
    Our medical oncology team includes 34 board certified hematology/oncology physicians, with nearly 20 of those providers subspecializing in various types of cancer, phase 1 clinical trials, bone marrow transplant and other services, along with dozens of doctorate level researchers.
  • Clinical Trials
    The Henry Ford Clinical Trials office is one the most comprehensive resources of its kind in the nation, enrolling approximately XXX patients in cancer clinical trials in 2017/per year* With more than 200 ongoing clinical trials, the Henry Ford Cancer Institute features a clinical research support system that encompasses the disciplines of Medical Oncology, Surgery, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Investigational Drug Services, Social Work, Dietary and Behavioral Health. In addition to participating in multiple industry-sponsored trials, we maintain active memberships with the NCI cooperative groups, Southwest Oncology Group, NRG Oncology Group, Alliance, and Clinical Trials Support Unit. Henry Ford Cancer Institute is proud to offer more patient-centered therapeutic clinical trials for brain cancer than any other center in Michigan. 
  • Cancer Research

    Our researchers apply their findings to clinical practice quickly - resulting in new, effective patient treatment. We rank 21st among independent hospitals in the U.S. in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Our cancer researchers receive about $35 million in external grants annually. We host the world’s second-largest brain tumor bank, as well as a significant biorepository for precision medicine. The Henry Ford Cancer Institute is making significant advances in the following areas: disparities and population health research, prostate cancer, gynecological cancers, brain cancer, radiation oncology, radiology, and drug discovery.

    See all that we do in cancer research

  • Precision Medicine
    Henry Ford is a national leader in the Precision Medicine space – combining clinical oncology, research, IT analytics, a molecular tumor board, and an internationally renowned Pathology Department – with a program that wholly encompasses all aspects of Precision Medicine. The Henry Ford Cancer Institute is proud to be Michigan’s only cancer program to offer Precision Medicine testing and expertise to all newly diagnosed cancer patients, with the ability to detect up to 500 gene mutations, a fast 2-3 day results turnaround and a nation-wide database to facilitate rapid and best in class treatment planning.
  • Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion
    This 187,000-sqaure-foot facility, set to open in 2020, will represent the future of cancer care, offering patients and families the most advanced integrated, ambulatory care available. See how the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion that will change cancer.
  • Cancer Support Services
    Our Supportive Oncology Services division is an entity which unites social workers, complementary and integrative medicine professionals, physical and occupational therapists, financial and life skills counselors and many other patient support networks into a unified resource for all cancer patients system-wide. We received all 7 of 7 possible commendations - with highest honor distinctions - from the Commission on Cancer for our clinical care while also achieving record enrollment numbers in our newly revamped Survivorship Program.

One Institute. Multiple Locations.

The Henry Ford Cancer Institute offers you an interconnected system of care, with multiple cancer treatment locations and experts that communicate seamlessly, giving you access to the best treatment options, wherever you go.

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Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion

New Detroit cancer facility is a bold step forward in the fight against cancer, bringing together world-class cancer care and supportive services under one roof.

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