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Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

New UCSF Cancer Care Affiliation with Community Hospital In Monterey

By Elizabeth Fernandez, Public Affairs | August 1, 2011

A new collaboration has begun between the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula that will enhance patient care and access to clinical trials.

The affiliation builds on the expertise already offered at Community Hospital, recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer, by pairing it with one of the premiere cancer centers in the world. UCSF is ranked first in California and eighth in the nation for its cancer services by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, UCSF ranks seventh nationwide in research grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and is home to pioneers in research into genetic, cellular, and immune system causes and responses to cancer.

“Cancer is a complex disease with many variables and this collaboration extends our ability to provide the most comprehensive treatment possible,” said Steven Packer, MD, president and CEO of Community Hospital. “We’re extremely pleased to be able to bring our expertise together with that of UCSF.”

Peter R. Carroll, MD, MPH“This affiliation reflects our mission to make UCSF’s high-level health care more broadly available in California,” said Peter R. Carroll, MD, MPH, director of clinical services and strategic planning at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Peter R. Carroll, MD, MPH

The new affiliation will provide:

  • Expanded access to clinical trials. Community Hospital patients already participate in clinical trials overseen by the hospital’s institutional review board. Opportunities will increase significantly because of UCSF’s leadership in research and the number of clinical trials available at UCSF for patients with a variety of malignancies. Such trials often use novel agents for those with rare cancers or cancers resistant to standard treatment regimens.

  • Continuing education for doctors, staff, and the public. Community Hospital and UCSF will develop educational sessions on cancer prevention, treatment, and other topics.

  • Participation in “tumor boards” made up of experts in a range of disciplines who review cases. Community Hospital may submit cases to UCSF for review and UCSF may take part in Community Hospital’s tumor board conferences.

  • Referral to specialists. Community Hospital may refer patients to UCSF for specialized treatment; patients will be provided UCSF’s “concierge” service to facilitate the referral.

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