Mind, Body and Spirit
Dignity Health Cancer Institute is committed to
treating the whole person—mind, body and spirit
The process of diagnosing and treating cancer with the most advanced tests and technology is something at which the Cancer Center at St Mary’s excels. But we are also experts at knowing you and your family so that we know what’s best for your lifestyle. And we remain by your side throughout the entire process.
Treating Cancer By Knowing You
At the Cancer Center, our oncologists work directly with surgeons, researchers, oncology nurses, pathologists, pharmacists and therapists who all have vast experience in the field of cancer care. Known for providing progressive, personalized and compassionate care, we offer a full range of options to treat your cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
We treat all types of cancer, including:
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Colon cancer
- Lung cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Skin cancer
Our services include genetic counseling, infusion, integrative therapies and radiation oncology. We use MRIs and CT scans to help with a diagnosis.
Clinical Trials are made available depending on your condition and diagnosis. These oncology trials are designed to test new ways to:
- Find and diagnose cancer
- Manage symptoms of cancer or side effects from its treatment
- Prevent cancer
- Treat cancer
Through clinical trials, our researchers are able to determine whether new treatments are safe, effective and work better than current treatments.
CyberKnife is also available. This non-invasive alternative to surgery treats both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body. The treatment, which is painless, delivers high-dose radiation beams to tumors with extreme accuracy. CyberKnife is located in San Francisco at our sister hospital, Saint Francis.
Comprehensive Lung Center
Lung cancer remains a leading cause of cancer death in the United States. At the Comprehensive Lung Center at St. Mary’s we provide screenings to help prevent cancer as well as advanced diagnostics to treat cancer should it be detected. Lung cancer screening is available to anyone at high risk. You may make an appointment yourself, or have your doctor refer you.
Genetic counseling can help determine if you carry specific gene markers that might make you more at risk for developing certain cancers. The BRCA gene, for instance, can help detect your risk for breast cancer. The Cancer Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center combines expert genetic counseling with access to the latest genetic tests.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. If caught early, the cure rate can be high. At St. Mary’s, we work with the Northern California Melanoma Center to diagnose and treat you should you be diagnosed with melanoma.
St. Mary’s Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic services and therapy options to diagnose your cancer as well as advanced, personalized treatment to help you recover as fast as possible.