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 manage and 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 With an Oncology Nurse Expert
Specially trained oncology nurses are here to provide help in getting answers
to your questions about cancer screening, finding treatment, understanding
your diagnosis, locating community resources, or any other cancer-related
concern. Our experts are available to meet with patients or their loved
ones to answer questions about their disease and treatment. No appointment
is needed but it is encouraged. Email and phone consultations are also welcomed.
Torrance Memorial offers a comprehensive approach to helping you understand
the role of genetic counseling and testing in preventing and treating
cancer. An appointment with our licensed genetic counselor can answer
many questions for our and your family about your risk and appropriate
Oncology Nurse Navigators provide direct support to patients as they traverse
the challening healthcare system. At Torrance Memorial, the role of the
Nurse Navigator can cover the entire spectrum of care needed by a patient
where the Navigator servces as educator, advocate, liaison, coach, coordinator,
guide, and problem solver. Working in collaboration with the patient's
physician(s), the Nurse Navigator can assist with obtaining appointments
with Torrance Memorial-affiliated physicians and facilitate referrals
to needed resources.
For more information or to speak with an Oncology Nurse Navigator, call
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.
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 its 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.