Cancer Resource Center
When faced with a cancer diagnosis, you or a loved one may feel overwhelmed
by the challenge of finding the best possible care. The goal of the Cancer
Resource Center is to help anyone - regardless of where they live or where
they are getting their health care - to obtain the information they need
to cope with a cancer diagnosis.
All services of the Cancer Resource Center are free of charge.
Some of the services offered at the Cancer Resource Center include:
Specially trained oncology nurses are available to meet with patients or
their loved ones to answer questions about their disease and treatment.
In simple language, the Cancer Resource Center nurses can explain what
your diagnosis means, what treatments are available, options for obtaining
the care you need, and how to manage symptoms caused by cancer and its
treatment. Email and phone consultation is also welcomed.
Assistance with obtaining appointments with Torrance Memorial-affiliated
physicians and coaching on questions to ask your physician to make sure
you get the information and treatment you need.
Connects patients to a wide variety of supportive resources both at the
medical center, in the community and on the Internet.
Free booklets and other printed materials from a wide variety of cancer
support organizations as well as assistance with Internet searches for
cancer information. Community education activities include lectures and
the Torrance Memorial
Speakers Bureau, which arranges for Oncology Advance Practice Nurse Educators to deliver
talks on cancer issues in the community at schools, civic organizations,
and other public venues.
The goal of the Cancer Resource Center is to help every cancer patient
find the best possible care and that usually includes a search for physicians
who fit your needs during cancer treatment. The center nurses can help
you find the right cancer specialist, whether affiliated with Torrance
Memorial or outside of the medical center.
The best treatment for some types of cancer may include a clinical trial.
A clinical trial can offer access to medication or a treatment that would
otherwise not be available. The Center nurses can provide information
about clinical trials and locate FDA-approved studies for your specific
type of cancer.
The Cancer Resource Center nurses can answer questions about
cancer support groups, both on-site as well as cancer support groups in the community.
Ask an Oncology Nurse Expert
We're here to assist you to get answers to your questions about cancer
screening, finding treatment, understanding your diagnosis, locating a
support group, or any other cancer-related concern.
Email a question to an Advance Practice Oncology Nurse
To aid patients in coping with the appearance-related effects of cancer,
Torrance Memorial offers the
Woman to Woman Program and the American Cancer Society's
Look Good Feel Better program.
Breast Surgery Resources
Evelyn's Corner in
HealthLinks offers specially selected garments for women undergoing breast surgery
and breast reconstruction.
To assist women considering breast reconstruction after mastectomy for
breast cancer, Torrance Memorial offers the
Breast Reconstruction Mentorship Program. Our Mastectomy/Breast Reconstruction Pre-Op Class helps women plan for
surgery and self-care at home after discharge from the hospital.
Reach to Recovery is a free program offered in collaboration with the American
Cancer Society. Trained volunteers who are breast cancer survivors provide
coaching and printed instruction on post-surgery arm exercises. Contact the
Cancer Resource Center at 310-517-4665 or the American Cancer Society at 310-348-0356 for more
information and to arrange to speak with a volunteer.
Lymphedema, or abnormal fluid accummulation, can occur after breast cancer
treatment. Torrance Memorial's
Oncology Rehabilitation Program can help you learn more about the condition and it's treatment.
Van Transportation provides rides for patients who have an appointment at the hospital or
nearby physician office.
financial assistance program offers a variety of ways to help people afford the care they need.