Cancer Center Services: With you every step of the way
From prevention and early detection to end-of-life care, the Comprehensive Cancer Center provides a full continuum of care for patients and their loved ones.
Prevention and screening
We offer classes and outreach events to educate our community about healthy lifestyles and cancer prevention.
Early detection greatly improves a patient's prospects for overcoming a cancer diagnosis.
We offer screenings using advanced technologies including:
Your cancer treatment
If you receive a cancer diagnosis, you can count on a seamless journey from diagnosis to treatment to recovery. A multidisciplinary cancer care team works together to create an individual treatment plan for each patient. Each week, experts in pathology, radiology, surgery, medical oncology, and radiation oncology meet to discuss individual patient's treatment and progress, and to collaborate on any changes that may need to made in that patient's treatment plan.
Treatments include surgery, radiofrequency ablation, chemotherapy, biologics, and radiation therapy, as well as complementary therapies such as expressive arts, meditation, hypnosis, acupuncture, and more.
Getting you back on your feet
The Comprehensive Cancer Center works closely with Community Hospital's rehabilitation specialists to provide a full spectrum of services for cancer patients including occupational, speech, and physical therapy.
The lymphedema program includes evaluation and treatment of swelling that can occur after some types of cancer treatment. A trained specialist will work with you, following a comprehensive program that includes manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging, exercise, and compression garments. The specialist will also train you on how to use these techniques to self-manage a compromised lymphatic system at home.
Keeping you strong
Registered dietitians will work with you to develop a nutritional plan to help with your healing if needed. They suggest diet modifications to reduce the side effects of cancer treatment. If you are having trouble with food intake during treatment, they will work with you on special formulas to supplement meals to ensure you are getting the nutrition you need.
The Medical and Patient Support (MAPS) team is involved with symptom control, pain management, social services, pharmacological concerns, discharge planning, and the psychosocial and spiritual issues that often accompany a cancer-related inpatient hospital stay. The team is led by nurses who work with you, your loved ones, and your primary care team during some of the most difficult times you may face during your cancer journey, whether it is planning your return home after a long hospital stay, providing counseling for end-of-life decisions, or discussing long-term pain management. The team works with patients still undergoing treatment, as well as patients who are transitioning to end-of-life care.
The Comprehensive Cancer Center works closely with Hospice of the Central Coast to provide care to patients transitioning to end-of-life care. For patients who need extra help, but are not yet ready for end-of-life care, the Transitions program can provide needed support.