Community Resources for Cancer Patients & Families in Monterey County
Cancer diagnosis can be a heavy weight—one that we are here to help
you carry. You can get personalized cancer when you come to the Comprehensive
Community Cancer Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
(SVMHS). This program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer® and
dedicated to serving cancer patients and their families in the Salinas
Valley, Monterey Peninsula and the surrounding region. We want to ensure
that you have access to every service that could benefit you and your
family, bringing you advanced care at the local level. Contact our office
if you have questions about the resources we provide.
Meet Our Leadership: Cancer Committee
The Cancer Committee is a multidisciplinary group responsible for all aspects
of our community cancer support program. The committee meets every quarterly
to asses, implement, review and evaluate services and goals to ensure
you receive the most up to date and comprehensive care. Although, key
members meet more often to work on quality improvements, studies, prevention
and screening programs.
The Cancer Committee provides leadership of the program by participating in:
- Development of objectives to support our full continuum of care
- Development of strategic plans
- Approval/implementation of new plans
- Oversight of our oncology program
- Studies, Prevention and Screening Programs
Our goal is to provide you the following services through the program:
- Cancer risk reduction/prevention
- Early detection/diagnosis
- Weekly Cancer Conferences
Clinical Trials for Cancer Treatment
Clinical trials provide options for cancer patients to test exploratory,
new treatments that are in the evaluation stage. These trials are designed
to further research about cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Many of the effective treatments used in treating cancer today were developed
based on the results of former clinical trials. These results are expanding
what oncologists know about cancer and resulting in better treatment and
prevention solutions with higher survival rates. Participation in a clinical
trial will require adherence to certain requirements and eligibility criteria.
Ask your doctor about this process or download a Comprehensive Community
Cancer Program Clinical Trials Brochure for more information about the
clinical trials research currently being conducted through SVMHS.
This weekly multidisciplinary conference is designed to enhance the quality
of cancer care through discussions regarding screenings, diagnosis, work-ups,
management and surveillance of cancer sites. Select cases can be reviewed
by departmental physician representatives including and not limited to,
surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology and radiology. The ultimate
goal of this conference is to improve care for our patients with a neoplastic
disease through evaluation and treatment.
All cancer patients who have been diagnosed or who have received treatment
at SVMHS since 1985 are included in the Cancer Registry. This data system
collects and analyzes information on each patient, including lifetime
follow-up care. The Cancer Registry helps our Comprehensive Community
Cancer Program adhere to standards established by the American College
of Surgeons. The Cancer Registry currently contains over 24,000 cases
and more than 5,198 in follow-up, of which are actively monitored and
followed. The Cancer Registry data is used not only at the local level
but is used to study cancer care in Monterey County, California and is
part of the National Cancer Data Base.
The purpose of the Cancer Registry is to ensure collection and maintenance
of accurate data pertaining to cancer patients at SVMHS. Our staff at
the Cancer Registry manages this critical responsibility, including our
team of highly-skilled and experienced Certified Tumor Registrars (CTR's).
These individuals work with physicians, healthcare planners and hospital
administrators to maintain ongoing individual patient records. Our CTR's
are skilled in management and administration, with a thorough understanding
of medical science and the ability to manage data collection, recordkeeping
and data analysis pertaining to cancer statistics and information.
Contact Us to Learn More About Our Team & Our Services
Your well-being is our top priority. Through our ongoing commitment to
excellence in support and education, we strive to meet the needs of our
community and reach ever-higher standards of excellence in cancer care
for patients in our region.
If you would like more information about our Comprehensive Community Cancer
Program and the services we make available to community families, please
contact us at 831-759-1951.