Dignity Health, in partnership with Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers, has launched two Comprehensive Cancer Clinics near the campuses of its Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers in order to assist patients with coordinated treatment decisions and navigation of care options.
Opened earlier this month, the clinics will offer a multi-disciplinary team of physicians to meet with the patient in a single visit to help develop a comprehensive treatment plan quickly and conveniently. The clinics will also provide newly diagnosed patients with a personal nurse navigator to help them with decision-making, appointments, and other personalized services.
The Dignity Health Comprehensive Cancer Clinics also will offer access to therapists, social workers, financial consultants, genetic counselors, nutrition experts, lymphedema therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists.
Clinic leaders say the overriding goals of the new clinics are to provide individualized treatment plans, assist with navigation of an often complicated set of treatment options, and reduce stress for patients and their families.
“When a person is diagnosed with cancer, they need as much attention and support as possible and that is what these clinics will provide,” says Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. “Patients can count on the staff to help guide them through their entire journey; coordinating appointments, communicating with doctors and helping to arrange other services that might be needed.”
The Comprehensive Cancer Clinics are located across from the hospital campuses at 685 S. Dobson Rd., in Chandler and 3686 S. Rome St. in Gilbert. They are being launched in partnership with Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers, which has a strong reputation in the East Valley with more than 40 board-certified medical oncologists and radiation oncologists. The clinics will be staffed by Ironwood’s radiation and medical oncologists, as well as by a number of community surgeons who specialize in various cancer types. The first clinics to open will focus on breast, lung, and esophageal cancers, with others to follow in the future.