A Team Stands Beside You
Using their expertise, compassion, advanced technology and sophisticated
equipment, our multidisciplinary team will support you throughout your
treatment and beyond. The specialists involved in cancer treatment at
the Hunt Cancer Institute include:
- Medical Oncologists
- Radiation Oncologists
- Oncology Nurses
- Psychosocial Support
- Physicial Therapists
- Social Workers
- Nurse Navigators
- Genetic Counselor
One of Torrance Memorial’s cornerstones, the Tumor Board brings a
crucial, multidisciplinary approach to all types of cancers. Nurse navigators,
surgeons, pathologists, oncologists, radiologists and more meet weekly
to address prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment plans and
survivorship. All these experts collaborate on the best treatment plan
for every stage and every possibility.
Getting a diagnosis of cancer is devastating enough. But as anyone who
has tackled cancer knows, it’s just the beginning. The journey toward
treatment can be almost as overwhelming as the disease itself.
This is where the nurse navigator program at Torrance Memorial’s
Hunt Cancer Institute steps in. Nurse navigators guide patients along
the path to recovery by helping them make informed medical decisions,
assisting with scheduling multiple doctors' appointments and tests,
making sure they stay on track with their treatment plans, running interference
on insurance issues and offering emotional support. All this is at no
additional charge to patients.
The ultimate success for a patient, of course, is survival. And Torrance
Memorial is uniquely equipped to lead a patient through that phase as
well. Cancer survivorship coordinator Miriam Sleven, RN, MS, OCN segues
patients as they complete treatment and move forward with their lives.
“One of my most important roles is as a coach,” Sleven says.
“I help survivors practice talking to their doctors and asking questions,
so they will get the answers they need.”