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Diagnosis and treatment

At Community Hospital, we use a multidisciplinary team approach to diagnosing and treating cancer. We combine expertise from many areas of care to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient.

Radiation oncology

Radiation therapy is used to successfully treat many types of cancer, particularly those in a localized area, such as the prostate or breast. About 50 to 60 percent of cancer patients will receive radiation therapy as part of their treatment.

Learn more about radiation oncology

Chemotherapy and biologics

Chemotherapy and biologics are often the best choice when cancer has spread to other areas of the body, beyond a localized area.

Learn more about chemotherapy and biologics

Palliative care

Palliative care is a medical specialty directed at those with life-limiting chronic disease, with a focus on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and distress of illness, whatever the diagnosis. 

Learn more about Palliative care

Clinical trials

Through our clinical trial program, we are able to offer you access to the latest treatments and medications, many of which are generally offered only at large urban or academic medical centers.

Learn more about participating in clinical trials

Learning more about cancer

The Health Resource Library can help you learn more about your cancer. The library also has a large selection of wigs and caps to loan to patients undergoing chemotherapy. The library is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the phone number is (831) 622-2746.

Learn more about the Health Resource Library

Transportation assistance

Free transportation to and from medical appointments on the Monterey Peninsula and in Salinas is provided to any patient suffering from a life-threatening illness, such as cancer. Call (831) 622-2746.

Patient Navigator program

In this volunteer program, trained cancer survivors become one-on-one "buddies" to those with a new diagnosis. To take advantage of this free resource, call us at (831) 625-4753.

Learn more about the Patient Navigator Program

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Molly Schaechtele

Molly Schaechtele