St. Jude Medical Center
St. Jude Medical Center
What does it take to #FINISHCANCER?
It takes everyone.
That’s why we’ve come together in Southern California. Providence clinics, labs and centers are one mighty force against cancer. We all want to finish it, so we’ll do it together.
Within the St. Jude Crosson Cancer Institute, you’ll find today’s most successful approaches to treating cancer.
As one of the nation’s top programs, we offer patients and families every advantage, including nationally-respected experts, breakthroughs in immunology, dramatically less invasive surgical techniques, and leading-edge image-guided radiotherapies. Our award-winning cancer care includes nationally-recognized Centers of Excellence as well as one of the most comprehensive list of support services available anywhere. We are accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC)–an honor earned by only a small number of the nation’s hospitals.
Our multidisciplinary treatment teams and comprehensive services come together for just one cause: offering you live-saving, life-changing care.
Our fellowship-trained surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists and other cancer specialists work together to create the most effective treatment for each patient. Weekly cancer conferences allow numerous disciplines to review patient cases, discuss treatment options, and contribute their expertise. This multispecialty collaboration ensures new research and approaches are evaluated and applied, while offering patients the ultimate “second opinion” in determining their best step forward. Services include:
- Ann G. Fetters Diagnostic Imaging Center – For information call 714-447-6400, for appointments call 714-992-3132 Mon - Fri: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; closed on the weekends.
- Fred A. Jordan Family Radiation Oncology Center - 714-446-5632
- Kathryn T. McCarty Breast Center - 714-446-5650
- St. Jude Heritage Medical Group, Oncology and Hematology - 714-446-5900
- Center for Thoracic and Esophageal Diseases - 714-446-5900
- Virginia K. Crosson Cancer Center and Infusion Center - 714-446-5900
Ongoing research and clinical trials are creating breakthroughs in cancers once thought insurmountable—and we are a leader in bringing these benefits from the lab to the bedside.
Our specialists routinely use advanced genomic testing to identify the DNA alterations driving the growth of a patient’s tumor, allowing us to identify treatments and clinical trials that target those mutations.
Part of the Precision Oncology Alliance, a collaboration of the nation’s leading cancer research centers, we offer over 100 clinical trials focused on dozens of different cancers—giving our patients access to some of the most promising and aggressive treatments available.
Throughout our full spectrum of care, we provide advanced treatments for a wide range of cancers, including:
- Biliary tract cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Brain cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Gallbladder cancer
- Gastric cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreas cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Skin cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Uterine cancer
Clinical social workers
Financial patient advocate
When you or your family member is diagnosed with cancer, the feeling can be overwhelming. Suddenly you’re facing a daunting array of decisions, medical specialists and unfamiliar language. That why we created our innovative Nurse Navigator program. Specially trained and experienced in oncology care, our Nurse Navigators are available to support you through every step of diagnosis and treatment.
During each phase of care, your nurse navigator will be there: providing education, helping you gather information, improving communication with your medical team, and ensuring you understand the tests and procedures you’ll be facing. Equally important, we’ll be there to offer support, encouragement and friendship.
Your nurse navigator is the person you can turn to for answers, help or just someone to talk to. From teaching you how to manage treatment side effects to helping coordinate services, your nurse navigator will remain personally involved in your care through every phase.
Your nurse navigator can:
- Help you and your family understand your diagnosis and treatment options
- Ensure you have the information you need to actively participate in your own care: empowering you to make informed decisions
- Coordinate your care with your medical team to relieve the emotional burden that often comes with a cancer diagnosis
- Enhance your communication with your physicians and other care providers
- Ensure your questions, concerns and clinical issues are successfully resolved
- Advocate for you and serve as a medical knowledgeable friend who is committed to helping you through your cancer journey
For more information or to contact our nurse navigators, please call 714-446-5301.
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Pelvic floor rehabilitation
Experienced physical therapists create an individualized program of biofeedback, pelvic floor muscle strengthening, and abdominal stabilization to help control incontinence and bladder issues.
714-578-8720 ext. 2147
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Rehabilitation and wellness program
Trained oncology rehabilitation therapists, who help you begin and complete a strengthening and cardiovascular program to provide a greater sense of well-being during and after cancer treatment.
Spiritual support offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to patients and families of all religious faiths. Services include visitation, spiritual and emotional support, pastoral counseling, crisis intervention, prayer, sacraments and bereavement support, as well as support in bioethical issues, including end-of-life care and decisions.
714-992-3000 ext. 7777
Moving Beyond Cancer
The end of treatment can be both exciting and stressful, bringing equal parts celebration and worry. You may find life returns to what you knew before you had cancer, but for others, the physical and emotional changes don’t all disappear with the last treatment.
Physical side effects, such as fatigue, lack of stamina, difficulty focusing, or incontinence, can last for months after treatment ends. Emotional effects, including fear of a cancer re-occurrence, dying young or leaving things undone, can create ongoing anxiety or depression. Tackling these issues is often easier with the help of experts.
Giving you the physical and emotional support you need to regain your quality of life is what our Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Program is all about. One of the few programs of its kind in the state, we successfully help cancer survivors—whether living with cancer, in remission, or cured—recover more completely and quickly. For more information on how this program can help you, please call 714-578-8753.
Don't go it alone
It’s not just during treatment that you will need to lean on others for strength and comfort. Find sources of support from family, friends, church groups or a counselor. Equally important, join a cancer support group. It can be extremely helpful to share experiences and give and take advice from other cancer survivors. Whether a formal support group, church friends, or a counselor, make sure you have a place to go with concerns.
If you find yourself feeling anxious or worried, going it alone will only make your sense of distress stronger. Being able to talk about your fears with friends, family and other cancer survivors is a good starting point for effective coping. If you need help finding the necessary support, talk to one of our oncology social workers, our spiritual care team, or your priest or pastor.
Regardless of how active you were prior to diagnosis, exercise after cancer treatment can improve your fitness, increase muscle strength, reduce fatigue, lessen anxiety, and make you feel better about yourself. There is some evidence that a healthy weight, eating right, and being physically active can help reduce the risk of cancer reoccurring as well as other serious chronic diseases.
The American Cancer Society recommends that cancer survivors take these steps:
- Take part in regular physical activity
- Avoid inactivity and return to normal daily activities as soon as possible
- Exercise at least 150 minutes per week
- Include strength training exercises at least two days per week.
Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. This is especially important if your treatment affected your lungs, your heart, or if you are at risk for lung or heart disease. If you were inactive before cancer treatment, you may need to start slowly, such as a short, brisk walk.
Be sure you understand what you can and can’t do - and get help. While some people can safely begin or maintain their own exercise program, many will have better results with support. We offer experts in exercise and rehabilitation who specialize in helping cancer survivors get active. Our Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Program will help you find the type of exercise that’s right for you and offer the support and encouragement you need. Call us at 714-578-8753.
One of the best things you can do after treatment is put healthy eating habits into place. Try to eat five or more servings of vegetables and fruits every day. Choose whole grain foods instead of white flour and sugars. Replace red meat with fish and chicken. Stay away from hydrogenated oils and saturated fats, and choose healthy fats like olive oil and avocados. Cut back on processed meats like hot dogs, deli meats and bacon, and stock up on beans, nuts and seeds.
Eating a nutrient-rich diet with plenty of fish, fruits and vegetables can help you feel better and improve your health. If needed, it can also help you lose weight. Obesity is linked with a higher risk of developing some cancers, so use regular exercise and nutritious meals to get to a healthy weight.
If treatment side effects, such as loss of appetite, changes in taste, or nausea, are getting in the way, try eating small meals every two hours and talk to your doctor, or our oncology-certified registered dietitian, about how to maximize your nutrition. At no charge, our experienced dietitian will help you meet your individual goals.
A free class and support group is also available - called Journey to Health - which provides education and camaraderie for those who have completed treatment and want to improve their health and manage their weight. To join, or to schedule a free appointment with our registered dietitian, please call 714-446-5982.
Checking in with your doctor
For years after treatment ends, you’ll see your doctor for follow-up. Ask for and write down a proposed schedule for follow-up visits and the recommended testing to monitor your recovery. You’ll also want to know what signs to look for to detect a cancer reoccurrence as early as possible and to recognize any long-term side effects of treatment. For example, if you received a medication that might affect your bone density, find out how your bones can be monitored in the future and what treatments are available.
These check-ups and follow-up tests or scans are an important part of maintaining your health and a chance for you to talk to your doctor about new questions or issues. Yet it’s normal to feel anxious before appointments.
To help with the anxiety, write down any questions you have about symptoms, emotional aspects of survivorship, or even practical issues. Ask a friend or family member to sit with you while you wait for your scans or go with you to doctors’ visits. In the days before your appointment, schedule activities that can help distract you from worrying, such as an exercise class and having lunch with a friend. Talk to your doctor or one of our oncology social workers about how you can get help if your anxiety persists or becomes overwhelming.
Moving on emotionally
For many, there is the ever-present thought that at any moment, a scan or test may move them from survivorship right back into active cancer treatment. While that fear is completely normal, the unique challenge facing survivors is to get on with living, celebrate the joys of the present, and recognize when you need help - and ask for it.
Celebrate milestones, such as the anniversary of the end of chemotherapy, the date of your cancer diagnosis, or the anniversary of the surgery to treat your cancer. Consider volunteering for a non-profit organization or a cancer mentoring program, or get involved in your church’s outreach or mission efforts - find something meaningful to add to your life.
If you find yourself overwhelmed with anxiety or worry and unable to move forward in your life, get help from one of our oncology social workers, a counselor, or your priest or pastor.