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:

Consultation

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

Nurse Navigation

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.

Resources

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.

Education

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.

Referrals

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.

Clinical Trials

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 your needs.

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.
  • Our 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 treatment. 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

Transportation Assistance

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, first-serve basis.

Financial Assistance

Torrance Memorial's financial assistance program offers a variety of ways to help people afford the care they need.