STOCKTON -- St. Joseph's Medical Center is bringing advanced cancer care to San Joaquin County with a new collaboration between St. Joseph's Regional Cancer Center and the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center that will enhance patient care and access to clinical trials.
"Cancer touches the lives of thousands of people in our community," said Don Wiley, president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph's. "We are very proud to be combining our expertise with that of UCSF to elevate the level of care available to treat these individuals."
The affiliation bolsters the care and support offered at San Joaquin County's only accredited cancer center by pairing it with one of the premier cancer centers in the world.
"Our new collaboration with St. Joseph's reflects our mission to make high-level cancer care more broadly available to people in Northern California," said Dr. Peter Carroll, director of clinical services and strategic planning at the University of California at San Francisco Cancer Center.
It's not the first time a valley hospital has teamed with a Bay Area university center to enhance cancer treatment. In a collaboration with Stanford University, Emanuel Medical Center opened the Stanford-Emanuel Radiation Oncology Center in Turlock in 2007.
The new affiliation between St. Joseph's and the UCSF cancer center will provide:
Expanded access to clinical trials. St. Joseph's patients already participate in clinical trials overseen by the hospital's institutional review board. Increased opportunities for cancer patients to participate in clinical trials will be available because of UCSF's leadership in research and the number of clinical trials available there for patients with a variety of malignancies. Such trials often use novel agents for those with rare cancers or cancers resistant to standard treatment regimens.
Continuing education for doctors, staff and the public. St. Joseph's and UCSF will develop educational sessions on cancer prevention and treatment.
Participation in "tumor boards" made up of experts in a range of disciplines who review cases. St. Joseph's may submit cases to UCSF for review and UCSF physicians may take part in St. Joseph's tumor board conferences.
Referral to specialists. St. Joseph's may refer patients to UCSF for specialized treatment.
UCSF is affiliated with six other cancer centers: Enloe Medical Center in Chico; Mercy Medical Center in Redding; St. Helena Hospital; Renown Institute for Cancer in Reno; Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula; and the Regional Cancer Center at ValleyCare in Pleasanton.