Stanford Medicine and Sutter Health have finalized a collaboration that will expand Stanford Cancer Care’s services in East Bay, increasing access to cancer care for underserved communities.
This partnership will provide patients and their families with integrated and comprehensive cancer-related outpatient services. It also includes the construction of an outpatient oncology center at Stanford with radiation capabilities, an infusion center, outpatient operating rooms and advanced radiology technology.
Lloyd Minor, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine, told Stanford Medicine News that the collaboration will “provide a continuum of care for our patients,” including cancer prevention and screening and access to cancer treatment trials. .
Patrick Swift, clinical professor of radiation oncology, wrote that one of the main goals of the joint venture is to reach underserved populations more effectively. He praised the partnership for its ability to “raise the bar for high quality cancer care” in these communities.
By partnering with Sutter Health’s existing cancer patient support networks across East Bay, Stanford Medicine will expand all aspects of its cancer care support services and survivorship programs in these areas.
“The relationship with Sutter is a game-changer, as we harness the joint capacities, networks and deep community ties of both organizations to serve the East Bay community today and into the future,” said Tip Kim, Manager development of the Stanford Health Care market. in an email.
This expansion is especially important because most cancer treatments are often extended chemotherapy or radiation therapy given over weeks or months, according to Swift.
“They are often debilitated and sick, and traveling the busy Bay Area highways to see their doctors in Palo Alto or receive frequent treatment can be an emotional and physical challenge,” Swift wrote.
Kim explained that “asking patients receiving care to travel long distances and time to get care creates problems, especially for patients who may need to use public transportation.”
Swift said that by bringing Stanford and Sutter’s knowledge base directly to communities and delivering these treatments close to their homes, they hope to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
Stanford Cancer Institute assistant professor of clinical medicine Nam Bui told The Daily that the collaboration would also improve access to technology and clinical trials. “Academic centers have greater depth of clinical trials and access to cancer sub-specialists that are not as readily available in the general community,” Bui wrote. “Although there has been an increase in the use of telemedicine, cancer care is still inherently local and having easy access to Stanford-affiliated facilities will be of benefit to these communities.”