1968 – The Beginning
In 1968, medical oncologist Thomas Troeger, MD had a dream to advance the fight against cancer in northern Indiana. He wanted to make cutting-edge cancer care more available to patients in this region by working openly with local hospitals, family physicians and specialists. So Dr. Troeger opened a small cancer treatment center in downtown South Bend – guided by a unique “open model principle.” More than forty years later, this single practice has grown into the largest network of cancer treatment centers in northern Indiana. Today, Michiana Hematology Oncology works with multiple hospital systems, giving patients more choices and options in the fight against cancer.
1982 - First Outpatient Chemotherapy in the Region
After a decade of helping patients fight cancer from a small practice in South Bend, Drs. Troeger, Garcia and Ansari decided it was time to advance the level of cancer care for Michiana. They relocated to a larger office at 720 E. Cedar Street where they began providing the region’s only outpatient chemotherapy treatments. For the first time, local patients wouldn’t have to bear the inconveniences of a hospital for every chemotherapy appointment. This new level of convenience for patients was just the beginning of many ways that Michiana Hematology Oncology would redefine patient care in Michiana.
1989 – More Treatment Options for Local Patients
By 1989, so many doctors were referring their patients to Michiana Hematology Oncology for treatment that the team had run out of space. To make sure this new level of cancer care was available to as many people as possible, Michiana Hematology Oncology expanded to its first free-standing building. The larger facility provided more space for new technology, additional exam rooms, a new chemotherapy room, convenient parking for patients, and more staff.
1999 – First Gynecologic Oncologist in the Region
In 2000, Michael Method M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.O.G. joined Michiana Hematology Oncology, making the Advanced Centers for Cancer Care the first and only cancer treatment centers in the region to provide gynecologic oncology services. Board-certified in gynecologic oncology by the American Board of Obstetricians, Dr. Method specializes in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of the highly aggressive and elusive cancers of the female reproductive system. Dr. Method also serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, a patient advocacy group dedicated to early detection, care and management of patients battling ovarian cancer. In 2001 Dr. Michael Rodriguez joined the Advanced Centers for Cancer Care as the second gynecologic oncologist in the region. Dr. Rodriguez is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is certified in gynecologic oncology by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
2000 – A Historic Leap Forward in the Search for a Cure for Cancer
In 2000, Michiana Hematology Oncology co-founded the Northern Indiana Cancer Research Consortium (NICRC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the fight against cancer in this region by bringing exclusive treatment options currently being developed at some of the world’s leading cancer institutes to patients right here in Northern Indiana. Covering seventeen counties and supported by six regional hospitals including physicians, research nurses and support staff, the NICRC enrolls more than 650 local patients in more than 100 clinical trials each year, many of which successfully treat a patient’s cancer faster and more effectively than conventional treatments. The NICRC is a member of the Community Clinical Oncology Program, which is supported by the National Cancer Institute. For more information, visit the NICRC's website.
2010 – A New Kind of Cancer Treatment Center
In August 2010, the Advanced Center for Cancer Care opened in Mishawaka, marking the first-ever cancer treatment center in the region to provide comprehensive screening, diagnosis, treatment and support options under one roof. The 50,000-square foot, two-story complex is the largest cancer treatment center in the region and provides oncology services including PET / CT scans, patient and family education services, chemotherapy, infusion therapy, diagnostic radiology, radiation therapy and gynecological oncology services, onsite laboratory services. The Advanced Center for Cancer Care – Mishawaka also offers a complete host of additional support services including massage therapy, financial counseling, nurse navigators, a patient medical trainer, genetic counseling and more.
2010 – Largest Cancer Treatment Center in Northwest Indiana
The Advanced Center for Cancer Care in Westville opened for patients in November 2010, becoming the largest cancer treatment center in northwest Indiana and the first in the region to integrate advanced screening, diagnosis, treatment and support options under one roof. The 30,000 square foot cancer complex provides screenings for all types of cancer, medical and gynecologic oncology services, PET / CT scans, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, radiological procedures, nutrition counseling services, exclusive treatment options through the Northern Indiana Cancer Research Consortium, connections with local cancer support organizations, and more.
2011 – Michiana Hematology Oncology Asked to Incorporate Longtime Practice in Crown Point
In early 2011, the founders of Hematology Oncology Partners in Excellence, widely known around Crown Point as HOPE, announced their retirement. Wanting to continue HOPE’s commitment to the fight against cancer in this community, Ray Drasga, MD asked Michiana Hematology Oncology to keep the mission of HOPE alive. In October 2011, HOPE became the Advanced Center for Cancer Care in Crown Point, providing comprehensive medical oncology and hematology services, 24/7 oncology-certified nurse assistance, access to national clinical trials, 2nd opinion consultations and more.
Crown Point, Indiana
1205 South Main Street., Suite 301
Crown Point, IN 46307
5340 Holy Cross Pkwy
Mishawaka, IN 46545