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For Patients & Families of the Cancer Center

Last Updated 9/5/2012 4:05:49 PM


With the latest advances in cancer treatment, you have more opportunities to manage your disease and live longer than ever. We know you have a life beyond your cancer, and our goal is to help you live it.

We have what you need at El Camino Hospital. The good news in cancer treatment today is that these resources are available in your own community hospital. Advances in medicine, especially developments in computerized technology, have made it possible for top level cancer treatment to be available next to your local hospital, not just at university affiliated medical centers or nationally known cancer centers.

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El Camino Hospital is proud to offer comprehensive cancer services so you can stay in your own community, with access to the high quality of medical care you have come to expect from us.

At El Camino Hospital, we follow the guidelines set by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) to ensure you are receiving the highest standard of care.

The more resources you have, the better choices you can make. El Camino Hospital offers support when the impact of cancer seems overwhelming. Hope and healing are all around us, right here in our community.

An experienced, compassionate health care team

At El Camino Hospital, you will be under the care of a team of outstanding physicians and experienced, compassionate caregivers.

  • Physicians trained at some of the country's leading medical schools, including Stanford University and University of California San Francisco.
  • A network of skilled oncology specialists, including medical and surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, and pain management specialists.
  • Oncology nurses, social workers and other cancer-related caregivers who are among the hospital's most senior and skilled staff. These resources are available to you in an environment in which individual attention, excellent service, and the highest quality clinical standards are the hallmarks of patient care.
  • El Camino Hospital has a long tradition of treating and caring for people in the community who have cancer. The El Camino Hospital Breast Care Center is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology. El Camino Hospital participates in oncology clinical trials through the Peninsula Oncology Associates.

Full range of services

We offer a full range of cancer services, including surgery, medical oncology, radiation therapy, certified oncology nursing, pain management, tumor board conferencing, physical therapy, and nutrition counseling.

Advanced technology

A centerpiece of cancer treatment at El Camino Hospital is the state-of-the-art Varian Clinac 21EX linear accelerator, offering patients the same advanced cancer treatment options available at university affiliated medical centers.

Treatments include 3D conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT), a computer guided treatment planning and delivery method that delivers high-energy doses of radiation, destroying cancerous tumors with no significant harm to normal tissue.

The linear accelerator's capabilities also include intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), an advanced form of 3DCRT, which uses moveable "leaves" to further shape and vary the radiation dose; and radiosurgery, a highly specialized form of radiation therapy used in the treatment of brain tumors.

Brachytherapy, one of several options for treating prostate cancer, is a procedure in which radioactive seeds are permanently implanted into the prostate gland during ultrasound guided surgery.

Breast Health Center

Stereotactic breast biopsy procedures; completely upgraded mammography equipment; and the R2 Image Checker, a computer-aided analog and digital mammography detection system; are available at the El Camino Hospital Breast Health Center, fully accredited by the American College of Radiology. Treatments include 3D conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT), a computer guided treatment planning and delivery method that delivers high-energy doses of radiation, destroying cancerous tumors with no significant harm to normal tissue.

Hope and healing are all around you

When you or a loved one has cancer, you seek not only the best medical care, but also information about other resources that can help you cope with the diagnosis and fight the disease.

The hospital's Health Library and Resource Center , a free community service, offers books, videotapes, classes and Internet access to help you research information about cancer and treatment breakthroughs.

A full array of active support groups is available to cancer patients and their families, including groups focused exclusively on prostate cancer and care giving.

A very special service, uniquely offered to El Camino Hospital cancer patients, is our Art Therapy class, entitled, "Creative Expressions". These supportive painting classes are designed specifically to help cancer patients relieve stress while artistically expressing themselves.

El Camino Hospital also offers several alternative and holistic therapy options for patients and their families including a hospital-wide music program; humor and guided meditation TV channels; a weekly pet therapy program; an outdoor meditation garden; Mindful Yoga ; and a Spiritual Care program that serves all faiths and cultures.

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