Personalized cancer treatment specific to each patient’s tumor – care built around the patient is what we aim for. At Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, our focus is caring for you with humankindness, while treating your cancer with an individualized treatment plan.Yes, now is the perfect time to book your mammogram Personalized cancer treatment specific to each patient’s tumor – care built around the patient is what we aim for. At Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph’s, our focus is caring for you with humankindness, while treating your cancer with an individualized treatment plan.
Treatment Options Built Around Precision Medicine
The Precision Medicine program at Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph’s in was the first in the Dignity Health system. Precision medicine, also referred to as individualized or personalized medicine, enables a higher level of cancer care. Using genetic information and/or tumor profiling to understand the disease, the oncologists may be able to determine the treatment(s) that is(are) most likely to help a patient. While a precision treatment is not available for all types of cancer yet, ongoing research is making progress and new information is discovered frequently. Our oncologists will formulate an individual treatment plan for each patient and continue to monitor and participate in the clinical trials that are geared toward identifying more ways to personalize cancer therapies.
You’re not getting general practice oncology here. You’re getting site-specific oncology, where the treatment providers are experts in their specific field. And that, for most of us, required years of additional training. That’s how we stay academic, how we stay focused on the newest things coming out. We don’t want to practice medicine from 10 years ago. We want to practice medicine from now.”Shyamal Patel, MD
Personalizing Your Care
Through a personalized approach, we are able to tailor your care to treat your specific cancer. Medication, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, surgery and other treatment options will be specifically planned to attack your specific type of cancer, driving out the disease and improving your outcome. Our interdisciplinary experts discuss each patient as a team and develop treatment recommendations using available clinical and genomic information to ensure the best care for you.”
When cancer affects a loved one, caregivers play a key role in the physical, emotional and day-to-day support of the patient. That’s why at Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph’s, we are dedicated to providing a network of resources for caregivers – from medical and home health advice, to financial planning and support groups that can make fighting cancer feel like a team effort.