Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
Located in southern California on the University of California’s Irvine campus, the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Orange County. It is part of the UC Irvine Medical Center, a hospital that has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list for the past decade. In 2010, its cancer services ranked 50th in the country.
Located in the city of Orange, the UC Irvine Medical Center was founded in 1965 and today remains a major teaching hospital. When it was established in 1989, its cancer center became the only university-based cancer center in Orange County. In 1994, the National Cancer Institute designated the Chao Family Cancer Center as a ”cancer center,” a coveted designation recognizing it for outstanding research and patient care. Three years later, the cancer center received an even higher ranking by the NCI: a designation as “comprehensive cancer center.” There are just over 40 such centers in all the United States.
The UC Irvine Medical Center is one of eight centers nationwide taking part of the NCI’s Cancer Genetics Network, a research effort studying the critical ties between cancer and genetics. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report named the UC Irvine Medical Center as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for the 11th straight year. The hospital ranked 28th for gynecology, 30th for urology, and 50th for cancer and nephrology.
Mesothelioma Treatment at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center employs a world-class team of researchers, surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers and other specialists, all of whom work together to provide patients with the best possible care. At the core of their work is an important goal: to combine research with patient care to develop a true “bench-to-bedside” approach, allowing the most recent advances from research and clinical trials to inform their work with patients. The Chao Cancer Center also emphasizes continuing education among its physicians and other employees, encouraging them to maintain the most cutting-edge knowledge through courses, workshops and other educational opportunities.
Some patients at the Chao Cancer Center experience research first-hand through participation in clinical trials. At any given time, there are more than 60 NCI-approved clinical trials taking place at the UC Irvine Medical Center, half of which were developed by physicians and researchers at the Chao Cancer Center. These clinical trials focus not just on treating cancer, but also on preventing it. Cancer prevention is central to Chao’s mission: In fact, the cancer center is one of six institutions chosen by the National Cancer Institutes to lead a chemoprevention consortium.
When it comes to fighting cancer, the Chao Cancer Center strives to develop the most advanced, least invasive therapies possible. Researchers at the hospital are currently developing more targeted, less toxic cancer-fighting techniques, such as immunotherapy (a type of therapy that utilizes the strength of a patient’s own immune system) and radiation that minimizes damage to healthy tissue. The center also benefits from partnerships with the Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic and the John Tu & Thomas Yuen Center for Functional Onco-Imaging, which provide the newest tools for advanced imaging.
But treating cancer requires more than just treating the body. Therefore, Chao offers a range of support services to help both patient and family deal with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Among the offerings are support groups, nutritional classes led by registered dieticians, music and art therapy, a resource center, and even a “Look Good Feel Better” class that teaches makeup, hairstyling and grooming techniques to help patients deal with changes in appearance that can occur during cancer treatment.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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“UC Irvine Medical Center Makes ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ List for 11th Consecutive Year”
Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center — 2010 Annual Report