Saint Agnes Medical Center's Cancer Services continue to follow a tradition of excellence. No matter the type of cancer or stage of treatment, patients can expect the same personalized care from each aspect of the treatment process; whether it's diagnostic testing, genetic counseling, lymphedema management, education about the latest treatment techniques, support services and rehabilitation, support groups and even home care or hospice when necessary.
It's comforting to know that the same advances in cancer care management, including the latest technology and treatment protocols used in larger metropolitan areas, are also available right here in the Central Valley.
Top Ranking from the American College of Surgeons
The Cancer Program at Saint Agnes Medical Center has earned a top ranking when surveyed by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. On a 1-5 scale (with 1 being the highest mark), the Medical Center's cancer program earned an overall rating of 1, placing it in the top 28 percent of participating institutions. Approval by the CoC ensures that Saint Agnes patients have access to:
- Quality care close to home.
- Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
- A multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options available to cancer patients.
- Information about cancer clinical trials, education, and support.
- Lifelong patient follow-up through a cancer registry.
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
Approval by the CoC is given only to facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best diagnosis and treatment of cancer and to undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of their performance. Approved cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.
Full Spectrum of Care Includes:
- A state-of-the-art Cancer Center staffed with medical oncologists (chemotherapy), radiation oncologists, and certified oncology nurses.
- An inpatient Oncology/Medical Unit staffed by more than 50 chemotherapy-certified nurses who specialize in treating cancer, diabetes, and sickle cell disease patients.
- The latest in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine technology necessary for screening and early detection, including current advances in PET scan technology.
- Weekly Tumor Board and Breast Conference meetings that allow physicians and medical staff to review patient cases and reach consensus on treatment recommendations.
- Genetic Counseling and Testing allows us to integrate biotechnology to help identify patients who are at elevated risk for specific types of cancer. Armed with this knowledge, patients, families and their physicians can make informed decisions about their health care now and in the future. Learn more...
- Lymphedema Management with a Vodder trained Physical Therapist, Nationally certified in the treatment of lymphedema by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) and a member of The National Lymphedema Network. Learn more...
- Participation in Clinical Trials as directed by the National Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group of the American College of Radiology.
- Our two Breast Centers provide full-service digital mammography and diagnostic testing.
To find out whether Medicare covers a particular service or procedure, use this link to visit their Web site search tool, Your Medicare Coverage.
For more information, call the Saint Agnes Cancer Center at (559) 450-5500.