Cancer Program

Cancer Program

Our Cancer Program has been recognized by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as offering the very best in cancer care and treatment.

Together with our community partners, St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County and St. Joseph Home Care form a comprehensive team offering expert preventative care, cancer treatment support, and medical information for cancer patients, their families, and survivors.

Community Needs Assessment

St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County brings together cancer services extending beyond the traditional doctor-patient relationship. Our cancer services start with a range of screening options for early detection and extend through personalized treatment following diagnosis—enabling you to take charge of your health.

For more information about our cancer program, please call (707) 269-4242.

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Our mission is to increase survivorship from cancer-related illness or disease. Since our Cancer Program's inception in 1992, we have carried out this mission by continuing to grow, expand, and customize our program to better suit the needs of patients and families in our communities.

St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County participates in the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) review process. Accreditation by the CoC demonstrates our ongoing commitment to quality cancer services and patient care.

Commission on Cancer Approval: What it means for you

  • Quality care close to home
  • Comprehensive care offering a wide range of state-of-the-art cancer services
  • A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best cancer treatment options available to cancer patients
  • Ongoing research and information about cancer clinical trials, education and support
  • Lifelong patient follow-up through a cancer registry
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

Visit the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) for more information about programs and patient resources.

Discover Cancer Survivor Stories – Just Like Yours

Through the SJH Cancer Rehab program, we can help connect you with others who have been treated, and recovered. We want you to have access to the emotional support system that you need – all within a click or call away.

We can help you:

  • Learn about making treatment decisions
  • Cope with side effects
  • Handle financial matters
  • Live and heal well after cancer treatment

American Cancer Society Information Services:

Call 1-800-227-2345 to speak with highly trained cancer specialists available 24/7 to provide information on free services offered by the American Cancer Society, including help with lodging and transportation, support groups, up to date cancer specific information, and clinical trials matching service. Visit the American Cancer Society website for up-to-date cancer information, daily news updates and interactive tools to help make treatment decisions.

The American Cancer Society also provides a free and confidential clinical trials matching service to people looking for cancer clinical trials. This service helps patients find clinical trials most appropriate for them and helps researchers recruit eligible participants needed to develop more effective treatment.

Get answers to your questions. We’re here to listen to you.

What are the potential side effects of chemotherapy? Will I be able to recover after radiation therapy? Will my healthcare insurance cover the cost of cancer treatment? These are all very serious and very poignant questions that many cancer patients will spend countless, sleepless nights wondering.

Whether you are about to enter into cancer treatment or are currently in the tail-end of your cancer treatment journey, we know that there can be a lot of concerns and anxieties. The world is full of plenty of uncertainties, but we want you to feel as comfortable and confident as possible. We would love to discuss treatment options, or address any of your concerns as you move forward in your journey towards reclaiming your health.

Taking an Integrative Approach to Healing

At St. Joseph Hospital, we are committed to providing you with a level of care that ensures the preservation of your quality of life. By perfecting our surgical procedures, many of our patients can enjoy the same results of cancer surgery without the disfiguring aftermath. In fact, we routinely perform surgical treatment of prostate and colon cancer, and can preserve breast tissue by performing lumpectomy surgery on patients.

Collaboration with Stanford Cancer Institute

To provide our patients with the best in cancer care and treatment, we have developed an important collaborative relationship with the Stanford Cancer Institute. The Institute provides visiting professors who share their expertise and best practices with St. Joseph medical staff, consult on complex cases, and provide supportive care. This collaboration gives us formal and informal direct access to world class resources to ensure the best patient outcomes. Some of these resources include free medical library access for full-text articles from all journals, telemedicine subspecialty tumor boards, and help with clinical trial participation.

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