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Cancer Committee

Community Resources for Cancer Patients & Families in Monterey County

A cancer diagnosis can be a heavy weight, but it’s one that we are here to help you carry. You can get personalized care when you come to the Comprehensive Community Cancer Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. 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 quarterly to assess, implement, review and evaluate services and goals to ensure you receive the most up to date and comprehensive care. In addition, key members meet more often to work on quality improvements, studies, and 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 and implementation of new plans
  • Oversight of our oncology program
  • Research studies
  • Prevention and screening programs

Our goal is to provide you with the following services through the program:

  • Cancer risk reduction and prevention
  • Early detection and diagnosis
  • Staging
  • Treatment
  • Education
  • Support
  • Weekly cancer conferences

Clinical Trials for Cancer Treatment

Clinical trials provide options for cancer patients to test new exploratory 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 for more information about the clinical trials research currently being conducted through SVMHS.

Cancer Conferences

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 but not limited to surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology and radiology. The ultimate goal of this conference is to improve care for our patients who have a neoplastic disease through evaluation and treatment.

Cancer Registry

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 that are actively monitored and followed. The Cancer Registry data is used not only at the local level but also is used to study cancer care in Monterey County and is part of the National Cancer Database.

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 (CTRs). These individuals work with physicians, healthcare planners and hospital administrators to maintain ongoing individual patient records. Our CTRs 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.