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Expert Care for Women's Cancers

Cancers of the female genital tract require specialized treatment. St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) serves as the primary practice site for one of only 13 Board-Certified Gynecologic Oncologists in the state of Michigan.

With this expertise, SJMO is able to provide a full array of services for women with cancer, as well as women with complex gynecological diagnoses. We are committed to offering rapid turnaround by getting referred patients into the office promptly, determining the best treatment course and quickly starting treatment.

The Michigan Cancer Institute (MCI) at SJMO is devoted to the comprehensive care and management of women with gynecologic cancers of the ovary, endometrium, uterus, cervix, vagina, and vulva. The service was developed to provide continuing consultation and counseling for patients for gynecological cancers. These specialized services provide cancer screening, early diagnosis, surgery and follow-up management.

MCI is located in the Alice Gustafson Ambulatory Surgery Center on the SJMO campus.

Team Approach

Gynecologic oncology brings together the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of health professionals to coordinate the best possible treatment individualized for each patient. Our collective team of experts works together to provide a team planning approach via a tumor board review. A tumor board review includes a number of doctors who are specialists in other disciplines, such as radiation oncology and medical oncology, who review and discuss the medical condition and treatment options for a patient in cancer treatment while preserving quality of life. This unique model of care provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The SJMO team together delivers expert treatment that remains true to our mission and treats the whole patient-body, mind and spirit.

We also partner with each patient's personal physician to keep him/her informed of treatment progression.

Michael L. Hicks, MD, FACOB, is the Medical Director of the SJMO gynecologic oncology team. He is a board-certified gynecologic oncologist who is on the cutting-edge of treatment methods and care. Other members of the team include specialized nurse practitioners, oncology certified (OCN) nurses, gyn. surgical-nurse coordinators, cancer research nurses and support staff.

Services Provided

Services we provide for our patients include:

  • Assessment and consultation
  • Radical surgery to remove all possible diseased tissue
  • Minimally invasive surgery (Laparoscopy, da Vinci Robotic Surgery)
  • Fertility sparing surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery, including myocutaneous flaps and skin grafting
  • Latest surgical techniques
  • Chemotherapy (intravenous and oral)
  • Radiation implants (High Dose Rates Radiation Therapy (HDR), external beam, etc.)
  • Management of complicated cancer-related problems, including pain control and other issues
  • Follow-up surveillance for treated patients
  • Genetic counseling and testing for ovarian cancers

SJMO is a member of one of 50 national National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated CCOPs, which provides us the opportunity to enroll our patients in more than 150 clinical trials, ranging from symptom management and prevention to state-of-the-art treatment trials.

Our patients have access to the latest therapies and treatments while remaining at home, where they are most comfortable.

Access Our Services

Call (248) 858-2270 to access SJMO's gynecologic oncology services. For more information on SJMO, please call our referral line at 1 (800) 372-6094.