February 4th marks World Cancer Day and this year’s global theme, “Close the Care Gap,” is about raising awareness of this equity gap that affects almost everyone, in high as well as low- and middle-income countries.
This World Cancer Day, City of Hope is working to reimagine a world where access to lifesaving cancer treatment and care is equitable for all – no matter who you are or where you live, and it is all happening right here in Orange County.
Here are a few important ways we’re doing that.
Safe in-person appointments.
- All City of Hope locations have implemented stringent safeguards to limit COVID-19 exposure so you can access our care with confidence.
Advanced cancer care close to home.
- City of Hope is redefining the delivery of advanced cancer care as our NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center nears completion in Irvine. Opening this year, Lennar Foundation Cancer Center will be a focal point for innovation, providing patients access to the expertise of more than 400 physicians and 1,000 researchers and scientists who are focused on one thing – ending cancer.
- In addition to the cancer campus, City of Hope is developing a care network that expands access to our services. City of Hope’s four current clinical locations – two in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Irvine, already deliver many advanced treatments to Orange County residents. That means advanced cancer care for you in your community.
Increased access to clinical trials.
- Clinical trials lead to groundbreaking treatment for cancer and other serious illness. People of different races, ethnicities, ages and sexual orientations may have varying physical, genetic and environmental factors and vulnerabilities that come into play with diseases. If this is not researched and tested during clinical trials, crucial information may be missed.
- We are working to open trials to diverse populations, making these studies of advanced therapies more accessible to a broader patient base.
- We believe that prevention is the best way to stop cancer in the first place. We seek to address prevention inequities in cancer care, including culturally sensitive patient and family education on cancer prevention and screening and directing those newly diagnosed to expert care. In exploring new prevention techniques, City of Hope is rolling out programs that analyze an individual’s DNA to identify mutations that may point to a high risk for certain kinds of cancer. Armed with this knowledge, patients can be placed on personalized screening and treatment protocols to prevent cancer from occurring.
Our focused pursuit to speed a new generation of cancer programs and services to Orange County is real hope, and it is arriving at lifesaving speed in your community.
Edward Kim, M.D., M.B.A., is Physician-in-Chief at City of Hope Orange County, and the Vice Physician-in-Chief, City of Hope National Medical Center.
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