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Cancer Prevention

At the Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, we believe the best way to improve success rates is through prevention. 

Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment

Our genetic risk assessment includes education, counseling and genetic testing for hereditary cancers, such as breast, ovarian, colon, pancreatic and prostate cancer. A board-certified genetic counselor will assess your individual cancer risk and arrange for genetic testing if desired and indicated.

Cancer Registry

St. Joseph's maintains a comprehensive cancer registry that collects data from every cancer patient to help public health officials learn more about the disease. The registry is managed by certified cancer registrars who receive ongoing education in cancer data collection.

Colon Cancer Screening

A colonoscopy is an important step to prevent colon and rectal cancer. Your primary care provider can refer you to the Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph's for a colonoscopy exam. To schedule your colonoscopy, please call (602) 406-8222 and ask to speak to the colonoscopy scheduler. Download information about how to prepare for your screening here. A spanish version is available here.

Clinical Trials

St. Joseph’s is dedicated to research and find better treatments for cancer, with hopefully one day – a cure. To enhance patient care, our clinical trial coordinators work with the physician, patient and family to help coordinate participation in clinical trials for which the patient might be eligible.


The Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph’s is proud to offer a comprehensive Women’s Imaging Center to our community. Screening and diagnostic imaging plays a vital role in the early detection and treatment of an illness and in developing a patient’s individualized treatment plan.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call (602) 406-8222.

Multidisciplinary Tumor Board

Our tumor board allows a multidisciplinary team of doctors who are experts in different specialties to review and discuss the medical condition, treatment options, and individual needs of our patients. Physician participants may include medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists, and support care services, such as social workers, dietitians, and genetic counselors.

Precision Medicine

In January 2018, the Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph's launched a Precision Medicine Oncology Program through a partnership with the Precision Medicine Alliance (PMA), LLC - a joint venture between Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives. 
The PMA Precision Medicine Oncology Program, which was piloted with the Cancer Center, is enabling a higher level of patient care by building genomics-guided information solutions for our providers and staff. By creating a central hub of patient clinical and genomic information, the PMA provides decision support work streams and patient-specific opportunities that enhance the work of the Cancer Institute's dedicated physicians.


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