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  • Cancer Care


    No one wants to hear the word cancer, but if you do, the expert doctors and cancer specialists at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital are dedicated to your health and healing.

St. John's Regional Cancer Center


When dealing with a cancer diagnosis, we know how hard it can be to coordinate the various aspects of your care. At St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital, we provide you with access to everything you will need during your treatment. We are here to help when you need us most. Our mission is to provide the highest quality cancer care for every patient who walks through our doors. Our whole body and mind approach integrates wellness practices alongside the latest therapeutics and procedures in a unique multidisciplinary approach. So much more than just medicine goes into treating our cancer patients. We are proud to be award-winning leaders in cancer care, providing the latest innovative treatments. We are accredited by the Commission on Cancer with Commendation, by the Comprehensive Community Cancer Center, and received the Women's Choice Award for the 2015 America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care.

Our Cancer Services

At St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital we are committed to providing you with compassionate cancer care that empowers you with knowledge, and aims to extend and improve your quality of life. We use an integrative approach to tackle all cancer cases. St. John's Regional Cancer Center offers support, services, and resources for cancer patients and their families. 

Our cancer program provides:

Medical Oncology 
– The latest evidence-based treatments 
– Genetic counseling
– Clinical trials
– Certified Cancer Rehabilitation with PT, OT, ST, and therapy after lymphedema
– Palliative and pain management
– Cancer registry

Weekly Tumor Board – Patient cases are presented and discussed by cancer care team to determine the best treatment plan and ensure coordinated care

Oncology Nurse Navigator – Provides a point of contact and guides patients through the entire treatment process, from the initial diagnosis to the survivorship stage and beyond 

Radiology Services  Advanced imaging technologies 

General and Plastic Surgery
– Multispecialty Board Certified surgeons
– Minimally invasive tumor removal and reconstructive surgeries 

Radiation Oncology – Nationally recognized leaders providing precise radiotherapy 

Lung Screening Program and Center for Thoracic Oncology 
– Multidepartmental team: thoracic surgery, oncology, pulmonology, radiology, and pathology
– Non-invasive and minimally-invasive techniques
– Thoracic tumor board
– Latest advances in diagnosis including Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy 
– Low dose CT scan 
– Designated as a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance and a
   Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology 

Integrated Breast Center
– Multidisciplinary team of breast specialists 
– 3D Tomosynthesis and other advanced imaging technologies for all breast tissue types
– Breast tumor board 
– Certified Breast Nurse to coordinate care
– Personalized care plans 
– 1 of 39 centers accredited by the NAPBC in California
– Designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology
– Recipient of local and national grant awards including from the Avon Foundation, BRA, Plastic Surgery Foundation, and Meadowlarks 

Free Cancer Care Services 
– Oncology nutrition counseling 
– Emotional counseling
– Support groups (Bilingual options) 
– Jennifer Diamond Cancer Resource Library
– Wig and prosthesis fittings
– Kid's Circle
– Relaxation therapy, art expression, yoga, and stress management
– Smoking cessation program 
– Survivorship planning 
– Community education 
– Outreach programs 
– Healing gardens 

Survivorship Training and Rehab (STAR) – Program introduces physical, psychological and spiritual rehab to assist cancer patients improve the quality of life before, during and after cancer treatment.

CancerAware Assessment - Approximately 40% of all individuals will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. Find out if you’re at risk by taking our online CancerAware Assessment. This confidential online test measures your current health status and identifies family, medical or lifestyle conditions that may increase your chances of developing cancer. Take our free online CancerAware Risk Assessment now.

Breast CancerAware Assessment - Don’t let a busy life get in the way of early breast cancer detection. This confidential online questionnaire evaluates your current health status and identifies family, medical or lifestyle conditions that may put you at greater risk for developing breast cancer. Take our free online Breast CancerAware Risk Assessment now.   

Meet Our Cancer Center Staff

Oncology Nurse Navigator
Alicia Zaragoza, NP-C 

Certified Nurse Practitioner specially trained to personally guide patients and their families through the entire course of cancer treatment. 

- Collaborates with entire medical team to create a customized, individual treatment and recovery plan. 

- Certified Breast Nurse for breast cancer cases. 

- Speaks fluent English and Spanish. 

Nutritional Counseling
Susan J. Speer, MS, RD, CSO, FADA  

Certified Oncology Nutritionist to provide integrated nutritional care with a holistic approach tailored to your specific needs. 

Emotional Counseling
Diane Martell, LMFT

Licensed therapist to help patients and their families cope with a cancer diagnosis. Individual, family or group sessions available.

Genetic Counseling
Kathryn Burnham, PA-C

Certified genetic counselor to assess your cancer risk and provide a personalized plan of action. 


Find A Cancer Care Specialist

To find a cancer specialist near you, call 877.753.6248.