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Health Care Trio Forges Partnership to Improve Breast Cancer Care in Marin

By Vanessa deGier, UCSF News Services | November 5, 2007


California Cancer Care, Marin General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco have signed agreements to improve access to surgical services for individuals with breast cancer who reside in Marin County.

Marin and nearby Sonoma County residents will now have increased regional access to a highly-qualified breast cancer surgeon close to home, avoiding the need to travel outside the local area if they require surgery.

The agreement outlines a plan for meeting the needs of patients with breast cancer in a community setting and blends UCSF's world-renowned surgical expertise with a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified local medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, nurses and support staff at California Cancer Care and Marin General Hospital's Marin Cancer Institute. The agreement is effective through 2012.

Under the terms of the agreement, UCSF breast surgeon Cheryl Ewing, MD, will locate her practice at California Cancer Care's Greenbrae office. The clinic in turn will provide support services for Ewing, including staff for managing medical records and scheduling appointments. Ewing will perform surgical procedures at Marin General Hospital, where she will also serve as the medical director of the Breast Health Program. In this position, Ewing will be responsible for overseeing the quality of medical care that breast cancer patients receive hospital-wide. She will work with other physician leaders of the Breast Health Program including medical oncologist Bobbie Head, MD, PhD, and radiation oncologist Francine Halberg, MD. Well known for their patient care and clinical skill, both physicians serve on several committees including the California State Breast Cancer Research Council and the Marin County Women's Health Study.

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