A deeper intelligence to defy cancer
UC Irvine Health offers cancer
treatments and clinical trials you won’t
find anywhere else in Orange County
July 22, 2015
When UC Irvine Health launched its
“Anti-Cancer” campaign last fall, hundreds
of people inscribed ping-pong balls with the
names of loved ones who had the disease.
It became an exhibit inside the Chao Family
Comprehensive Cancer Center, with a message loud
and clear: Cancer touches the lives of too many people.
As leaders in the fight against cancer, we’re here to heal
and support patients and their families. Working with
researchers, our team of university-based surgeons,
oncologists and other clinicians treats more cancer
patients—and more complex cases—than any other
healthcare provider in Orange County. Common or
rare, all cancers are within our reach.
In fact, we’re one of only 45
comprehensive cancer centers
nationwide—and the only one
in Orange County—designated
for excellence by the National
Cancer Institute (NCI).
Based on our expertise and research capabilities,
the NCI designation as a comprehensive cancer
center gives our patients access to innovative treatments
and clinical trials—sometimes years before they’re
available to the general public.
By identifying the precise therapy and tailoring it to each
person’s unique needs, we partner with our patients to
tackle their cancer on all fronts. Our team of physicians
and scientists is the largest in the region, working
together to harness the latest research in the prevention,
diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Now we are bringing leading-edge cancer
treatments and care to south Orange County. The UC Irvine Health Cancer Center—Newport provides a tranquil, healing setting for
chemotherapy, doctors’ visits and other cancer services.
While UC Irvine Health treats all cancers, we have
several highly specialized programs:
Digestive cancers. With specialists in cancers of the
esophagus, liver, pancreas, stomach, colon and more,
UC Irvine Health provides the most innovative diagnostic
and treatment service for all malignancies of the
digestive tract. UC Irvine Health’s highly experienced
team has developed many breakthrough procedures
and treatments, most of them minimally invasive.
We are pioneers in the use of endoscopic fine-needle
ultrasound procedures for gastrointestinal
cancers. Our colon and rectal surgeons are experts
in techniques that preserve patients’ quality of life,
while our medical oncologists are leading clinical
trials and other research to continually improve
colon cancer care. And we are exploring new and
better ways to detect abnormalities before they
Brain tumors. For previously inoperable brain
tumors, we have the BrainPath® neurosurgery
system, which allows doctors to reach deep-seated
tumors through an incision less than the size of a
dime. Further, we offer TrueBeam™ STx radiation
therapy that is so fast, powerful and precise, even
the tiniest, most inaccessible tumor can’t hide.
Neurosurgeons team with our highly specialized
neuro-oncologists who provide access to clinical
trials and the latest treatments.
Lung cancer. This challenging cancer can be treated
successfully if the malignancy is diagnosed early.
UC Irvine Health offers low-dose spiral computed
tomography to detect early-stage lung cancer in
high-risk people who may not even have symptoms
yet. We’re also among the first to diagnose and
treat small lung tumors with minimally invasive
video-assisted thoracic surgery—the gold standard
for early-stage lung cancer treatment. And our
research in areas like lung cancer genetic mutations
is ongoing, resulting in drugs that target cancer cells.
If you or a loved one has cancer, read more at
anti-cancer.com or call 714-456-8000 for an
appointment. When it comes to cancer, we’re
in your corner.
— UC Irvine Health Marketing & Communications
Featured in UC Irvine Health Summer 2015