Supporting our Comprehensive Cancer Center
Cancer Survivor's Day 2012
Comprehensive Cancer Center goal: $5.5 million
More than 1.3 million people in California have a history of cancer, making this disease the second leading cause of death in the state. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 1,535 new cancer cases resulting in 525 deaths in Monterey County in 2013. Among adults, cancer occurs more frequently with advancing age: In fact, on average, 84% of all new cancer cases will be found among adults over 50 years of age in California.
With an aging population in our region, Community Hospital must continue to provide the most current treatment technologies in radiation therapy and supporting programs, all designed to treat the whole person, not just the cancer. And we need to do all this close to home.
Philanthropic support for the Comprehensive Cancer Center is critical. In 2014, plans call for the acquisition of two linear accelerators to replace older models.
We also plan to continue the patient navigation systems, which are not covered by insurance programs yet are vital to the healing process.