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O'Connor Hospital

 

 O'Connor Hospital

Cancer Care Center

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At O’Connor, you don’t have to worry about figuring out your cancer care on your own. Our coordinated approach and patient navigators help lift the burden so you can focus on getting better.

At O’Connor Hospital, you do not have to face a cancer diagnosis alone. Our skilled team provides effective, personalized care in a compassionate environment.

At O’Connor Hospital, outcomes for many cancers are higher than the national averages.

Benefits of Treatment at O’Connor

  • Advanced early detection equipment: We have a PET CT scanner and octreotide scanner on site, which we use for advanced early detection and treatment of cancer.
  • Innovative treatments: Our oncology team has access to the most advanced and effective cancer treatment such as multigene assays, an advanced treatment for personal cancer care, and immunotherapy, treatment that boosts your immune system to attack cancer cells.
  • Pioneers in cancer treatments: O’Connor has the latest treatment technologies, including a linear accelerator and PET imaging. We were also the first to treat metastatic cancer with radioactive materials. These innovative treatments lead to outcomes that are higher than national averages for many cancers.
  • An integrated collaborative approach to care: In our cancer program, we hold a biweekly tumor board in which surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists collaborate on treatment decisions for difficult cases. Support staff and physicians regularly attend our quarterly Cancer Care Committee meeting to discuss ongoing patient care.
  • Coordinated and responsive care: Our oncologists are quick and responsive to questions either in the hospital setting or by phone or email. We provide compassionate, expert care in a team environment. We coordinate your care so it is as convenient as possible, arranging for you to meet with several members of the oncology team in a single day. Our team includes:
    • Medical oncologists
    • Surgical oncologists
    • Radiation oncologists
    • Interventional radiologists

Advanced Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Over the past two decades, vast improvements have been made in fighting this complicated disease. Our oncology team has years of experience fighting cancer and stays up-to-date on the most current diagnostic tools and treatment therapies. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment.

Innovative Diagnostic Tools

  • Octreotide scan: A nuclear medicine scan (a scan that uses a small amount of radioactive materials) to detect rare types of slow-growing tumors. Learn more about nuclear medicine.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound: An ultrasound to detect cancers in the esophagus, pancreas and rectum. It also helps determine the staging of the cancer (how big the tumor is and if it has spread).
  • CT PET scan: A combined PET (positron emission tomography) and CT (computed tomography) scan that provides a more detailed picture of your body than either exam on its own. We also use this device to guide radiation treatments.
  • Next-generation sequencing (NGS): Access to a leading-edge tool that provides important information about cancer genes inside a tumor, which help personalize cancer treatment.

Some Advanced Treatments We Provide

  • Immunotherapy: We are early adopters and skilled practitioners of this advanced therapy, which stimulates different parts of the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells.
  • Gene therapy: We use the newest generation gene therapy drugs, which modify the abnormal gene that caused the cancer. This therapy can lead to long remission and sometimes a cure.
  • Intense modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): This advanced form of high-dose, high-precision radiation therapy is directed at the tumor, but spares nearby healthy tissue.

Breast Cancer Care Center

We offer the latest diagnostic and treatment options to help cure, prevent and stop the spread of breast cancer. Learn more about breast cancer care.

Some of these options include:

  • Digital mammography: This diagnostic device provides more detailed images than conventional film mammograms for women with dense breast tissue.
  • Genetic hereditary profile: We use this advanced genetic profile to determine if a person has one or more abnormal genes associated with breast cancer. This information can help guide treatment choices.
  • Multigene assay: This innovative multigene test provides information about the size and grade of the tumor, which helps oncologists customize and personalize treatment.
  • Advanced radiation technique: Our new, shorter course of therapy treats breast cancer safely and effectively in as little as 3 weeks. Previously, patients received treatment over the course of 6 weeks.

Cancer and Tumor Registries

At O’Connor, we collect anonymous data on all cancer patients including cancer diagnosis, treatment and long-term follow-up. These registries help us continually improve patterns of patient care, quality of treatment and outcomes. For you, this information translates into the best and most effective cancer treatments and excellent care and outcomes.

Tumor Board and Cancer Care Committee

At O’Connor, we take a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. At our bi-weekly tumor board meeting, cancer physicians meet to discuss particularly challenging cases to determine the best treatment option. At the quarterly Cancer Care Committee, the entire cancer team, including physicians and support staff, meets to discuss quality improvement and patient care.

Our breast cancer team uses advanced therapy options such as neoadjuvant chemotherapy to create individualized treatment plans.

Breast Cancer Care at O’Connor Hospital

Treating breast cancer requires a team of specialists who stay on top of the latest treatment options and have extensive oncology experience. At O’Connor Hospital, we provide a compassionate, collaborative and individualized approach using the most advanced treatments. As a result, our survival rates for certain breast cancers exceed national averages.

What You'll Receive at O’Connor’s Breast Cancer Care Center

  • Individualized approach: Our patient navigators guide newly diagnosed patients through medications and treatments. Navigators provide support and answer any questions you may have.
  • Award-winning care: O’Connor has the first and longest continually accredited cancer program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer in the region.
  • Expert multidisciplinary team: Fighting breast cancer is a team effort. Only through a truly collaborative approach can we halt the spread of cancer cells. Our team includes:
    • Medical oncologists
    • Surgical oncologists
    • Radiation oncologists
    • Radiologists
    • Genetic counselors
    • Expert nursing staff
    • Nurse navigators
    • Social workers

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Our advanced diagnostic tools help the surgical and medical oncologists create a customized and targeted treatment plan for each breast cancer patient. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnostic Tools

  • Digital mammography: A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Digital mammography stores this image on a computer. Compared to conventional film mammograms, digital mammography provides more detailed images.
  • PET CT scanner: A combined PET (positron emission tomography) and CT (computed tomography) scan can provide a more detailed picture of your body than either exam on its own. We are one of the only facilities in the region to have this advanced diagnostic tool that helps with targeted treatment.
  • Ultrasound: This noninvasive tool uses sound waves to examine changes in breast tissue. We also use ultrasound to guide a biopsy procedure.
  • MRI: This device uses radiofrequency waves to help detect tumors.
  • Interventional radiology: Our highly trained interventional radiologists use imaging technology to help guide them during tissue biopsies.
  • Angiography: We use this imaging device to help detect cancer in blood cells.

Breast Cancer Treatment

At O’Connor, patients meet with a team of board-certified cancer specialists to determine a personalized course of treatment. Breast cancer treatments usually include a combination of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment.

Innovative Breast Cancer Treatments

  • Multigene assay: This test provides information about the size and grade of a tumor, which helps oncologists customize and personalize treatment.
  • Advanced chemotherapy protocols: Breast cancer patients were traditionally treated with chemotherapy over the course of 6 weeks. We now use a shorter course of therapy that treats breast cancer, safely and effectively, in as little as 3 weeks.
  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy: Patients receive this type of chemotherapy before surgery to shrink the tumor, which means a higher chance of a successful surgery.

Our expert team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgical oncologists use the most advanced diagnostic tools to create an individualized cancer treatment plan for each patient. At O’Connor Hospital, you can take comfort in our high success rate: Our outcomes are higher than national averages for many different types of cancers, including breast and colon cancers.

O’Connor's Specialized Treatments

  • Solid malignancies such as breast cancer, lung cancer, gastrointestinal malignancies and lymphoma
  • Hematologic (blood) disorders such as anemia, bleeding disorders and blood clots

Cancer Diagnosis

Early cancer detection is the key to a successful outcome. Our highly skilled, board-certified team of cancer specialists uses the most advanced diagnostic tools to detect cancer at its earliest stage and create a customized and targeted treatment plan.

Advanced Diagnostic Tools Offered

  • Octreotide scan: We use this nuclear medicine scan (a scan that uses a small amount of radioactive materials) to detect a rare type of tumor called carcinoid, which is a slow-growing type of tumor. Learn more about nuclear medicine.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound: This ultrasound detects cancers in the esophagus, pancreas and rectum. It also helps determine the staging of the cancer (how big the tumor is and if it has spread).
  • CT PET scan: A combined PET (positron emission tomography) and CT (computed tomography) scan can provide a more detailed picture of your body than either exam on its own.
  • Next-generation sequencing (NGS): We have access to this advanced tool that provides important information about cancer genes inside a tumor.

Other Diagnostic Tools

  • Clinical laboratory: Lab tests such as blood tests and urine analysis can help detect and diagnose certain cancers.
  • Digital mammography: A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Digital mammography stores this image on a computer. Compared to conventional film mammography, digital mammography provides more detailed images to detect breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue.
  • Ultrasound: This is a noninvasive tool that uses sound waves to examine changes in breast tissue. Your doctor may also use an ultrasound to guide a biopsy procedure.
  • MRI: This device uses radiofrequency waves to help detect tumors.
  • Interventional radiology: Our highly trained interventional radiologists use imaging technology to help guide them during tissue biopsies.
  • Angiography: We use this imaging device to help detect cancer in blood cells.

Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatments have advanced rapidly over the past few decades. Our oncology team keeps up-to-date on the latest research and most effective treatments. We work in a coordinated effort to create targeted, safe and personalized treatment plans.

O’Connor Cancer Treatment Facilities

  • Outpatient infusion center
  • Inpatient oncology unit
  • Radiation therapy department
  • Interventional radiology department

Advanced Treatments

  • Chemotherapy: Our medical oncology team uses a combination of conventional chemotherapy as well as innovative treatments. These advanced treatments are effective at killing cancer cells with fewer unpleasant side effects. Innovative therapies include:
    • Immunotherapy: O’Connor’s oncologists are early adopters and skilled practitioners of using this advanced therapy. This treatment stimulates different parts of the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells.
    • Gene therapy: We use the newest generation gene therapy drugs, which modify the abnormal gene that caused the cancer. This therapy blocks the gene and can result in long remission and sometimes a cure.
    • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy: We give you these chemotherapy drugs before surgery to shrink the tumor. The surgical team then has a better chance of removing the entire tumor during the procedure.
  • Radiation: Our staff of board-certified radiation oncologists works with specially trained physicists, nurses, therapists and technologists to provide safe and effective radiation treatment. Radiation treatments include:
    • Intense modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): We use this advanced form of high-dose, high-precision radiation therapy together with an imaging device such as an MRI or CT. The imaging technology helps the therapist determine the size, shape and location of the tumor, providing a more accurate, effective treatment.
    • 3-D conformal: We use imaging devices to determine the 3-D shape of the tumor. This information allows us to deliver the maximum amount of radiation to the tumor and minimize radiation to the surrounding tissue.
  • Surgery: Our surgical oncologists are among the most skilled and experienced in the region. We perform a variety of surgical procedures, which include:
    • Biopsies to remove a small sample of body tissue to determine the presence, type and stage of cancer
    • Curative surgery, when the cancer is most likely only in one part of the body and has not spread
    • Debulking surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible without damage to nearby organs or tissue
    • Supportive and palliative surgery to improve symptoms caused by cancer
    • Reconstructive surgery, such as breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, to improve appearance or body function after other types of cancer surgery

Clinical Trials for Cancer

In clinical trials, patients have the option of using advanced therapies that might not otherwise be available to them. Currently, we are enrolling patients in clinical trials for solid tumors, bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

 

Resources at O’Connor Hospital

We offer a variety of resources to help you learn more about your cancer diagnosis and support you through your cancer journey.

  • Cancer care library and recourse center: Located on the 5th floor, this center provides computers, educational publications and other materials in English and Spanish.
  • Spiritual care: Our chaplains provide comfort and support and help you achieve spiritual health. Learn more about spiritual care.
  • Social services: Our medical social workers can help with social, financial, and psychological problems related to your cancer diagnosis. Learn more about social services.

Please also visit the American Cancer Society website for educational information about your cancer diagnosis.

Contact Us

Cancer Care Center

Call (408) 947-2542 for appointment or info.

Registeries or Tumor Board

Call (408) 947-3420 for more info.

Breast Cancer Care Center

Call (408) 947-2904 for appointment or info.

Cancer Support & Resources

Call (408) 947-2954 for more info.
Call (408) 947-2500 ext. 4441 for spritual care.
Call (408) 283-7688 for social services.