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UCSF and St. Joseph's Collaborate to Advance Cancer Care

December 13, 2012
News Office: Elizabeth Fernandez (415) 502-6397

St. Joseph's Medical Center is bringing advanced cancer care to San Joaquin County with a new collaboration between St. Joseph's Regional Cancer Center and the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center that will enhance patient care and access to clinical trials.

Dr. Peter Carroll

Peter R. Carroll, MD, MPH

"Cancer touches the lives of thousands of people in our community — we are very proud to be combining our expertise with that of UCSF to elevate the level of care available to treat these individuals," said Don Wiley, president and CEO of St. Joseph's Medical Center.

The affiliation bolsters the excellent care and support already offered at St. Joseph's Regional Cancer Center — San Joaquin County's only accredited cancer center — by pairing it with one of the premier cancer centers in the world.

"Our new collaboration with St. Joseph's reflects our mission to make high-level cancer care more broadly available to people in Northern California," said Dr. Peter R. Carroll, director of clinical services and strategic planning at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

UCSF currently is affiliated with six other cancer centers: Enloe Medical Center in Chico; Mercy Medical Center in Redding; St. Helena Hospital in St. Helena; Renown Institute for Cancer in Reno; Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula; and the Regional Cancer Center at ValleyCare in Pleasanton.

The new affiliation will provide:

  • Expanded access to clinical trials. St. Joseph's patients already participate in clinical trials overseen by the hospital's institutional review board. Increased opportunities for cancer patients to participate in clinical trials will be available 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. St. Joseph's 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. St. Joseph's may submit cases to UCSF for review and UCSF physicians may take part in St. Joseph's tumor board conferences.
  • Referral to specialists. St. Joseph's may refer patients to UCSF for specialized treatment.

About UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Medical Center consistently ranks as one of the top 10 hospitals in the United States. Recognized for innovative treatments, advanced technology, collaboration among health care professionals and scientists, and a highly compassionate patient care team, UCSF Medical Center serves as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco. The medical center's nationally preeminent programs include children's health, the brain and nervous system, organ transplantation, women's health and cancer. It operates as a self-supporting enterprise within UCSF and generates its own revenues to cover the operating costs of providing patient care.

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About St. Joseph's Medical Center
St. Joseph's Medical Center is a not-for-profit, fully accredited, regional hospital specializing in cardiovascular care, comprehensive cancer services, and women and children's services including neonatal intensive care. In addition to being nationally recognized as a quality leader, St. Joseph's is consistently chosen as the "most preferred hospital" by local consumers. St. Joseph's is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. St. Joseph's Medical Center is a member of Dignity Health, the fifth largest health system in the country with a network of care sites across Arizona, California and Nevada. For more information, visit www.stjosephscares.org.

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