Botsford Cancer Center may be promoted as a small community setting, but it is also home to nationally and internationally recognized radiation oncologists.
Specializing in breast cancer therapies, board-certified radiation oncologist Frank Vicini, M.D., joined the staff of Botsford Cancer Center in 2008. Dr. Vicini received his medical education at Wayne State University and completed a breast cancer fellowship at the Joint Center for Radiation Therapy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Vicini is a principal investigator and has written a number of national clinical studies on breast and prostate cancer. He has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research to national and international audiences.
A board-certified radiation oncologist, Larry Kestin, M.D., has been the medical director of Botsford Cancer Center since 2008. Educated at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Kestin has been named annually among the nation’s top radiologists and oncologists by the Consumers’ Research Council of America since 2005. He is also a written and oral board examiner for the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Kestin specializes in treating lung cancer and other thoracic and abdominal tumors using stereotactic body radiation therapy, a new service at Botsford Cancer Center.
Alvaro Martinez, M.D., board certified in therapeutic radiology and radiation oncology, joined Botsford Cancer Center in 2008. He received his medical education at the University of Javeriana in Colombia and later served as chief resident at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Martinez pioneered a new treatment for tumors located deep inside the body and is known for his expertise and innovation in brachytherapy. He has also designed special applicators that are widely used for the treatment of patients with gynecological, rectal or prostate malignancies. Dr. Martinez was also involved in the pioneering of image-guided radiotherapy and intensity-modulated radiotherapy.
As a board-certified radiation oncologist, Michael Ghilezan, Ph.D., M.D., is an international expert in brachytherapy treatments for prostate cancer. He has been with the Botsford Cancer Center for the past four years and completed his medical education and a Ph.D., in clinical research, jointly in Romania and Milan, Italy. Dr. Ghilezan’s residency was at the University of Paris. As an investigator for the National Cancer Institute and the Radiation therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), he helps implement clinical trials and transition findings into new treatment options. With the new high-dose radiation technology at Botsford, Dr. Ghilezan offers the option for two-day, outpatient treatment for prostate cancer and 2-5 days for breast cancer.
The work being done at the Botsford Cancer doesn't end at the center's doors. With the help of local partners, the center is making early cancer detection a community affair.
At free cancer screenings held throughout the year, Botsford is reaching hundreds in the community with vital services and education. For example, at just one screening event held in 2010, almost 200 people were screened for prostate, colorectal, head and neck, skin and breast cancers. And during an event organized last October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, almost 60 free breast and cervical cancer screenings took place.
Call (248) 471-8120 for information on free cancer screenings.