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Hoag Family Cancer Institute at the Forefront of Innovation

As Orange County’s top choice for cancer care, Hoag Family Cancer Institute prides itself for consistently achieving survival rates that are above national averages.

By offering multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient care, patients can feel confident that they will receive care that is rivaled by some of the leading institutions in the nation. As a result, Hoag continues to achieve rankings placing it in the top 10% in the nation for cancer care for several years running by U.S. News & World Report.

“Hoag is modeling the future of cancer care,” said Burton L. Eisenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., executive medical director of Hoag Family Cancer Institute and the Grace E. Hoag Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair. “We are providing our patients with access to clinical trials and the most advanced prevention, early detection and treatment options available.”

Hoag’s renowned specialists are developing new approaches to the prevention and early detection of cancer, to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer – and bringing newfound optimism to the thousands of patients who come to Hoag for treatment.

“What I’ve observed since joining Hoag is that the entire organization is committed to the best data-driven care for patients while addressing each patient’s unique needs,” said Thomas Wang, M.D., Ph.D., who recently joined Hoag as medical director of its Melanoma/Advanced Skin Cancer Program.

Hoag’s specialists are changing the face of cancer care, including:

  • A Focus on Multidisciplinary Care: Hoag’s multidisciplinary team of experts work seamlessly to coordinate care for patients and their families, including meeting in tumor conferences regularly to review patient cases and identify the best treatment path. The team includes sub-specialty medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, oncologic sub-specialty surgeons, nurse navigators, social workers, dedicated dieticians, genetic counselors and rehabilitation specialists, all working together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
  • Advanced Clinical Trials: Hoag participates in more than 100 clinical trials for cancer detection and treatment with emphasis on testing or developing new drug therapies to push the treatment of the disease beyond the boundaries of what is possible today.
  • Natural Killer Cell Therapy: Cell therapy at Hoag studies the use of NK cells, or natural killer cells. These cells are the first responders that help the immune system recognize cancer and initiate an immune response, resulting in the development of antibodies to fight a patient’s cancer.
  • Molecular Imaging and Therapy (MIT): Offering the only program of its kind in Orange County, Hoag’s MIT offers an emerging research discipline that uses cell biology, molecular biology and diagnostic imaging to detect and treat cancer at a cellular level and well before structural changes can be seen on traditional imaging offered at other hospitals.
  • Infusion: Hoag offers the convenience of four infusion center locations in Newport Beach and Irvine, including a dedicated gynecology infusion center in Newport Beach.
  • Center for Applied Genomic Technologies: Hoag’s multidisciplinary center combines the latest advances in genomic technologies, targeted therapies and research and uses these disciplines to apply precision medicine to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases.
  • Radiation Oncology: Hoag is the largest provider of radiation therapy in Orange County and has been recognized as one of the top 1% of facilities nationwide in Press Ganey’s Patient Experience ratings. Hoag Radiation Oncology is also the first and only hospital in Orange County to offer ViewRay MRIdian.
  • Innovative Surgical Options: A known leader in pioneering surgical options, including laparoscopic surgery, Hoag has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery from the Surgical Review Corp.
  • New Oncologists: Experienced medical oncologists David M. Burtzo, M.D., and Nicholas D. Reese, M.D., and surgical oncologist Thomas Wang, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., are the most recent additions to Hoag’s renowned cancer care team joining Chaitali Nangia, M.D., Robert Carroll, M.D., and Tara Seery, M.D.
  • Patient-Centered Care: Hoag cancer patients have access to nurse navigation, support groups, social workers, dietitians, genetic counselors, rehabilitation specialists and more, all working together under one roof.
  • Access to Care that is Close to Home: Hoag’s cancer centers in Orange County offer patients the full spectrum of cancer care in two locations—Newport Beach and Irvine—that are equipped with some of the most advanced technology in the nation. Additionally, Hoag Family Cancer Institute is offering oncology services at a new location at Hoag Health Center in Huntington Beach for added patient convenience.

“Our community knows they don’t have to leave Orange County to receive world-class oncology care,” said Dr. Eisenberg.

For more information on Hoag’s Family Cancer Institute and to connect with a nurse navigator, call 949-722-6237 or complete our Contact Us form.