Together We Conquer Cancer


In that moment, during a diagnosis, many emotions and questions cross someone’s mind. Who do I turn to for care? Who can help me beat cancer? The answer for thousands of patients each year in Orange County has been Hoag. At Hoag, we face cancer together.

As the largest volume provider of cancer care in Orange County, ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Hoag Family Cancer Institute is here to help conquer cancer with both quality and compassionate care.

Cancer can also be very complex, and at times require care that can only be received at a specialized cancer center, supported by a hospital. Patients at Hoag have everything they need in one location – a top ranked cancer institute as well as the highest ranked hospital in Orange County, by U.S. News & World Report. Hoag is also proud to have a longstanding connection with community physicians and specialists – a relationship that has been built upon for more than 65 years.

State-of-the-art facilities and industry-leading technology aside, what truly makes Hoag Family Cancer Institute different is the people. “I am not sure what Hoag is doing different, but it shows. All of their staff is so caring and beyond qualified. They were constantly focused on my needs and I never felt lost in my cancer journey,” said Chuck Gibney, bladder cancer survivor who chose Hoag for its quality and skilled surgical offerings that were close to his home.

“My wife and I were very concerned about traveling too far for my surgery, chemotherapy, and all the post-surgery treatment. After researching many options, both in and outside of Orange County, we felt such comfort in Hoag’s expertise. They were extremely qualified.”

Thanks to philanthropic support, Hoag Family Cancer Institute provides all of the tools and people to get patients through cancer.

The Team

Each tumor-site specific program features a team of subspecialized physicians, such as oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, and specialists specific to the program, like gastroenterologists, dermatologists, neurologists and geneticists, as well as oncology-trained nurses, a dedicated nurse navigator, genetic counselors, speech pathologists, oncology dietitians, and more. Even more so, behind the scenes are industry experts managing a patient's care, from clinical pharmacists, to radiation oncology physicists. All of these specialists and professionals work together – communicating with one another, with physicians and with the patient – to conquer cancer effectively, thoroughly and compassionately.

The Programs

Hoag’s programs span the full spectrum of cancer care, from identifying and managing individual risks for developing cancer, to creating a tailored treatment plan for those diagnosed with cancer.

“At Hoag, we aim to address the unique needs of our community. Whether it be individuals concerned about their cancer risk, due to family or personal history, to someone diagnosed with advanced rectal cancer who needs an experienced surgeon and access to a new cancer drug trial. Hoag continues to expand these offerings, to do the right thing for our patients. Our community knows we bring comprehensive expertise close to home,” said Burton Eisenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., executive medical director of Hoag Family Cancer Institute and Grace E. Hoag Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair.

Early Development Cancer Research

Through an alliance with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and with donor support, Hoag is the only community hospital in Orange County to offer trials for recently discovered cancer drugs. These trials are the newest drugs to be tested that could offer therapeutic benefits when other trials or approved standard cancer therapies cannot. Hoag’s Cancer Clinical Trials Program offers early phase trials for most tumor types, as a first line of therapy and beyond. The team is led by medical oncologists who specialize in early phase research, as well as a team of cancer research coordinators who work alongside patients and families throughout the trial process.

Precision Medicine Program

Precision medicine refers to a personalized approach to caring for patients that takes into account an individual’s genetics and genomics in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. Through DNA sequencing of a patient’s cancer, Hoag can evaluate the exact genetic makeup of that particular patient’s disease and offer recommendations for more targeted, effective therapy. This team meets monthly for a dedicated molecular tumor board to discuss patient cases. No other hospital in Orange County provides this level of comprehensive, customized care.

Other specialized programs include:

  • Prevention, High Risk and Early Detection Programs
  • Infusion Services
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Sophisticated Surgical Capabilities, including a Robotic Surgery Program
  • Hereditary Cancer Program
  • Extensive Support Services

“Cancer care takes a village. A cancer patient needs care and support from many specialists and teams, as well as treatment facilities, along his or her journey. Hoag is here to offer all of those needs, in one location, without the need to travel out of the county for parts of their care. We’ve made the commitment to our community and we continue to push the envelope on the outstanding cancer care we can deliver.”

For more information, call 888-349-6591.