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.
Ask an Oncology Nurse Expert
We are here to provide help in getting 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
Our Cancer Nurse Navigators provide assistance with obtaining appointments
with Torrance Memorial-affiliated physicians. Their role also includes
coaching you on the questions you should ask your physician to ensure
that you are getting the information and treatment you need.
We are pleased to connect you with a wide variety of supportive resources
both at the medical center, in the community and on the Internet.
We offer 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, which 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.
Cancer Support Groups
Torrance Memorial offers a variety of cancer support groups, both on-site
as well as cancer support groups in the community. Our Cancer Resource
nurse can provide information and help you identify which will best meet
Learn more about Cancer Support Groups
Image Enhancement Center
Looking good is an important part of feeling good. Our Image Enhancement
Center offers assistance in coping with the appearance-related effects
of cancer. Program offerings include the Woman-to-Woman Program and the
American Cancer Society's Look Good Feel Better program.
Learn More about Image Enhancement Center
Cancer Surgery Resources
Surgery plays an important role in cancer treatment. We offer a variety
of resources – pre-operative and post-operative, including support
groups and nurse navigators – to guide you through this part of
your cancer treatment.
Nurse Navigators help schedule appointments and offer coaching to help ensure that you
understand and have access to the treatments that are right for you.
Evelyn's Corner in
HealthLinks offers specially selected garments for women undergoing breast surgery
and breast reconstruction.
Breast Reconstruction Mentorship Program is here to provide support and guidance for women considering breast reconstruction
after mastectomy for breast cancer.
Lymphedema, or abnormal fluid accumulation, can occur after breast cancer
Torrance Memorial's Oncology Rehabilitation Program can help you learn more about the condition and it's treatment.
- 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 information 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.
Support Groups meet here at Torrance Memorial, as well as in the community. Our Cancer
Resource nurse can provide information and help you identify which will
best meet your nee
Torrance Memorial Van Transportation provides rides for patients who have
an appointment at the hospital or nearby physician office.
Reservations are required. Please call the Van Transportation Department
at 310-517-4764. Because of demand, this service is provided on a first-come,
financial assistance program offers a variety of ways to help people afford the care they need.