Collaborative Treatment and Exceptional Care
Taking the leadership of complete cancer care involves collaboration between
physicians who are board-certified in their area of oncology specilization.
gists and a specialized team of physicians and surgeons who craft and
deliver a personal treatment plan. The continued dialogue between physicians,
nurses and support staff insures a personal treatment plan and continuity
of care for each patient.
Among the resources deployed to insure complete care is the weekly meeting of the
Tumor Board - a collaborative venue for physicians and team members to discuss details
of specific cases, review treatment options and discuss the latest research
findings that apply to each patient's diagnosis.
Complete care can require a team of physicians and surgeons- each with
specific advanced training - dedicated to the unique demands of each patient.
Understanding the roles of each specialist can feel overwhelming and intimidating
to patients and families. For assistance finding a physician who specializes
in cancer treatment, call the
Cancer Resource Center at 310-517-4665 or the
Physician Referral Service at 310-517-4700. Torrance Memorial also has a
Physician Search option that can help you search for the type of physician you are interested
Learn more about the
physician cancer treatment specialists at Torrance Memorial.
Beyond the treatment of physicians is an array of dedicated nurses, technicians,
and support staff to assist patients and their loved ones through the
cancer experience. This team of compassionate health care professionals
comprises the community that surrounds each patient and ushers them through
the cycle of care. With the high-caliber training in oncology, these teams
provide physical treatment and emotional support through cancer diagnosis,
treatment and recovery.
7 West Lundquist Tower Lemkin Pavilion, which is inpatient oncology, as well as
4 East and the Torrance Memorial
Specialty Center, our outpatient infusion centers, are staffed by nurses who have successfully
completed the Oncology Nursing Society Chemotherapy Biotherapy Course
and have demonstrated competency in administering these medications, as
well as expertise in managing treatment side effects. In addition, most
of the nurses have achieved board certification from a nationally recognized
professional organization such as the
Oncology Nursing Society. The nursing team includes Advance Practice Nurses--RNs who have completed
a Masters degree specializing in the care of patients with oncology diagnoses--who
can be contacted in the
Cancer Resource Center or by calling 310-517-4665.
Torrance Memorial's team of licensed clinical social workers assist
patients with a wide variety of stress and challenges that can occur when
someone is diagnosed with cancer. The patient's loved ones and caregivers
are recognized as an important part of the team to help the patient achieve
the best possible outcome. Social workers are available to meet with the
patient and loved ones to discuss issues of concern and make a plan to
access supportive services in the community, financial assistance, and
many other types of assistance.
Child Life Specialist
A member of the Pediatrics team who is trained in assisting children to
cope with the stress of having a parent with cancer. The Child Life Specialist
uses play and other developmentally-appropriate activities to provide
the child the support and reassurance they need when a parent is ill.
Case Management/Discharge Planning
The transition from inpatient care to home can require extra effort to
make sure the cancer patient continues to receives the care and support
they need. Our team of Case Managers and Discharge Planners, all RNs,
assist patients and families to identify and obtain the services, equipment,
and other support that the patient will need when they leave the hospital.
If care in a rehabilitation or other type of facility is required, the
Case Management/Discharge Planners can assist patients and families to
locate and evaluate the best setting for the level of care that the patient needs.
A healthy diet is important to help the person receiving cancer treatment
cope with digestive side effects of treatment, maintain adequate intake
of calories and nutrients, and avoid weight loss which can result in lack
of energy and treatment delay. The registered dieticians in our Nutrition
Services department are available to meet with hospitalized patients to
plan healthy meals that include the patient's likes and preferences
for taste and variety.
For persons with cancer who are receiving care outside the hospital, the
registered dieticians in the Nutrition Services department are available
for one-on-one consultation to help with meal planning and healthy eating
suggestions. To arrange an appointment, call Nutritional Services at 310-257-5740.
Because person's receiving radiation therapy to treat cancer often
experience symptoms that interfer with maintaining optimal nutrition,
the Torrance Memorial
Radiation Oncology department has a dedicated registered dietician to meet with patients and loved ones
for nutritional education.
Palliative Care Service
For assistance with managing symptoms and other issues associated with
serious illness, the physicians and nurses on the Torrance Memorial
Palliative Care Service can provide teaching, counseling and guidance.
Faith and the spiritual dimension of living are very important to many
patients and loved ones dealing with cancer. The Torrance Memorial Chaplain
is an important part of the team on 7 West Lundquist Tower and is available
to meet with patients and loved ones by calling 310-891-6694 or by asking
the 7 West Lundquist Tower nurses or social worker. In addition, the 7
West Lundquist Tower nurses and social worker can assist with locating
appropriate clergy in the community for a hospital visit with the patient.
Torrance Memorial Hospice has a dedicated clergyperson who can be reached
by calling the Torrance Memorial
Hospice at 310-784-3751.
The Torrance Memorial Rehabilitation Department has a comprehensive
Oncology Rehabilitation Program to assist the person with cancer to recover from treatment and achieve
optimal health and functioning.
Many family caregivers need assistance with maintaining essential care
when the patient transitions from the hospital to home. The Torrance Memorial
Home Health nurses can provide a daily check after surgery, administration of medications,
and many other types of therapy that can safely be administered to the
patient in the comfort of their own home. Torrance Memorial Home Health
can be reached by calling 310-784-3739.
The goal of the hospice team is to provide comfort and relief of symptoms
for persons with serious illness who are facing the end of life. The hospice
team cares for the patient in their home by assisting family caregivers.
The Torrance Memorial
Hospice team can be reached by calling 310-784-3751.