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Henry Ford Plans New Cancer Center

A Healing Environment That Will Transform Cancer Care.

Our cancer program is one of the largest in Michigan. We treat nearly 5,000 new cancer patients each year. And that number continues to grow. Nationally, cancer cases are expected to increase 20 percent by 2025 - and 40 percent by 2035, according to the Institute of Medicine.

To address this growing need, Henry Ford Cancer Institute is taking a bold step forward in the fight against cancer: a destination center for cancer care in Detroit. The new facility – the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion –will feature ambulatory cancer treatment and support services under one roof. Creating innovative healing environments that match the world class care provided by Henry Ford cancer experts has been a long-time vision. For our patients, our survivors, our families and all those who travel from near and far, this vision is now becoming a reality.

The Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion will be built south of West Grand Boulevard and north of Interstate 94, and is expected to open in 2019. The center will include:

  • Approximately 187,000 square feet of space
  • Six floors, including a rooftop garden
  • Skywalk connection to Henry Ford Hospital

This new cancer center is part of a $500 million, 300-acre vision for revitalizing part of our city. Our plans include investing in 30 acres to build a cancer center and a community health green space, as well as to attract new commercial and retail establishments and develop housing in an area that was wrought with withering fields and crumbling industrial buildings.

Patient services at the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion

The new facility will offer person-centered cancer and support services from a central location. Some of the services we’ll provide include:

  • Express cancer care: Cancer-specific urgent care and extended weekday and weekend care hours.
  • Team-based care: Cancer doctors and other specialists -- including radiation oncology, medical oncology, and surgeons -- working together on the same floor.
  • Support care services: Nurse navigators, finance specialists, and palliative care experts will be available to help patients and families.
  • Streamlined access to clinical trials: Featuring a dedicated area where patients can speak with research nurses about clinical trial opportunities.
  • On-site exercise and nutrition: Exercise areas, yoga and Eastern medicine programs, nutrition coaches, and cooking classes.
  • Comfortable, functional spaces: Lounge areas with computer access.
  • More personal care items: Including food services directed to the tastes of cancer patients.

The building will serve as the anchor for Henry Ford Cancer Institute’s network of facilities. This approach ensures that patients have access to cancer treatments close to home, while providing the most advanced care available in the world in an integrated network.

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