Cancer Care Begins with Preventive Care
PAMF has made impressive efforts in recent years and remains dedicated to quality cancer care. There is still more to do, however, if we are to continue to fulfill this mission and responsibility.
Our goal is to provide our community with a continuum of lifelong coordinated care in state-of-the-art facilities located where people live and work. The exceptional service provided by physicians and staff at our new Mountain View Center has created unanticipated demand, particularly for primary care and cancer care.
As populations continue to grow throughout our service areas, so too will the number of patients who will turn to PAMF for preventive care, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and support. Furthermore, the diagnostics and treatment of cancer is a rapidly-changing business, requiring continual modifications to the services and technologies offered and the relationships between providers, staff and patients.
To continue providing the best health care without sacrificing accessibility, and to meet the growing need for cancer care in our community, we are building a new 120,000 square-foot cancer and primary care center in Sunnyvale. This essential project will serve communities living in Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Cupertino, Saratoga and nearby areas to get all their outpatient primary and cancer care at one convenient location.
Coordinated Cancer Care
At PAMF we recognize that quality of life is most important, and we have, therefore, set up an organized system of care that focuses on the emotional and physical needs of the patient and their families. Coordinated care is at the heart of what we do and the new Cancer Care Center follows this tradition.
Occupying 40,000 square feet on the first floor of the new facility, the Cancer Care Center will provide patients and their families with access to specialists, radiation services, and surgical consultation at a single site. Experienced nurse navigators will guide patients and families as they consider treatment options, go through therapy, and receive support services from nurses and other professionals as part of our innovative Healthy Living program. The Center will join existing clinical programs at other PAMF sites and will complete PAMF’s regional Cancer Care Program of Excellence —the first such program in our organization’s history.
The new Center will also be equipped with the most advanced radiation therapy, using the most up-to-date technology and employing the best medical personnel available in the region. In addition, the new Center will allow us to enroll more cancer patients in clinical drug trials and treat gynecological cancers at a central location.
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The New Cancer Care Center will provide:
- Offices, exam rooms and support services for 15 new medical, surgical and radiation oncology physicians.
- Specialized oncologists to treat cancers of the ovaries and uterus.
- Fifteen infusion stations, more than double the current number of patients who can receive chemotherapy locally.
- Two Varian linear accelerators to provide radiation therapy necessary for many cancers.
- Patient support programs, including a variety of holistic approaches to cancer care.
- Clinical drug trials as part of PAMF’s regional Cancer Care Program of Excellence.
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Comprehensive Primary Care
Ideally, a patient’s internist, pediatrician, or family physician provides care coordination throughout his or her lifetime. Because the coordination of care involves prevention, management of chronic disease, and avoidance of expensive emergency room services, we believe that primary care is the best health care investment any community can make. Historically, we have provided primary care for half of the residents in our community. As this population diversifies, ages, and grows, we must adjust to keep pace.
The Primary Care Center at our new Sunnyvale location will help ensure that we continue to attract the best primary care physicians by providing space for 60 new physicians and an environment of close collegiality, ongoing education, and daily interaction with leading specialists in cancer care.
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The New Primary Care Center will provide:
- Exam and treatment rooms for 60 internists, pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists and family physicians.
- A Diagnostic Imaging Center offering the most advanced technology, including MRI, PET and CT scanners.
- A diagnostic laboratory, enabling patients to walk directly from the exam room or their physician’s office to the lab.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, PAMF is able to provide quality cancer care support programs and treatments to people with cancer and their families.
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