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Cancer Center Services

UC Irvine Medical Center has been named repeatedly as one of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. At Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center—Orange County's only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center—patients receive compassionate and highly personalized treatment. The cancer center also provides patients with access to clinical trials and ever-improving treatments as they are developed. At any given time, UC Irvine is participating in at least 60 NCI-approved clinical trials, half of them developed by Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center members.

Cancer Expertise

UC Irvine physicians and staff members have special expertise in breast, lung, gastrointestinal, colorectal, neurologic, gynecologic, urologic, orthopedic, head and neck, skin and liver cancers. Personalized therapies and treatment are delivered with an interdisciplinary approach that brings together doctors and researchers from different disciplines to spark new ideas and improve patient care. They offer a wide range of advanced treatment methods, including minimally invasive surgery, the da Vinci robotic surgical system for prostate cancer, tissue-sparing surgery for breast cancer, radiation therapy that minimizes damage to healthy tissues as well as chemotherapy, hormone-based therapy and immunotherapy.

For appointments, please call 714.456.8000. 

Cancer Specialties and Subspecialties

There are more than 200 types of cancers—each requiring highly specialized treatment. Clinical researchers at the cancer center work together to study cancer in all its forms, providing patients with some of the most innovative approaches in fighting the disease. The cancer center has treatment specialties and subspecialties in the following areas:

  • Brain tumor — cancers affecting the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerve tumors
  • Breast — ductal and lobular (invasive and non-invasive) carcinoma, cystosarcoma phylloides tumors, pre-malignant fibrocystic conditions and Paget's disease
  • Dermatologic oncology —cancers of the skin and other malignant diseases with dermatological consequences.
  • Colon and rectum — colorectal cancer
  • Gastrointestinal — esophagus, pancreas and stomach cancers
  • Gynecologic — cancers of the ovary, uterine corpus and uterine cervix
  • Head and neck —larynx, oral cavity, throat and pharynx cancers
  • Hematologic oncology/leukemia — a solid tumor carcinomas such as colon, breast and prostate; and blood malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma
  • Kidney - Kidney cancer
  • Lymphoma/myeloma —lymphoma and myeloma
  • Liver — hepatocellular and bile duct cancers
  • Lung — tumors of the lung (both non-small cell and small cell) and cancers of the tracheobronchial tree and esophagus
  • Medical oncology —medical onocologists treat cancer with medications, including chemotherapeutic drugs, biological agents and therapies that work with a patient's immune system
  • Musculoskeletal — orthopedic oncologists diagnose and treat benign and malignant (cancerous) growths of the bone, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves
  • Neurologic — childhood and adult tumors, including brain tumors.
  • Orthopedic — pediatric and adult bone cancers and soft tissue sarcomas.
  • Ovarian - Ovarian cancer.
  • Pediatric cancers — children to young adults
  • Prostate - Cancer of the prostate
  • Radiation oncology —radiation oncologists deliver wide-ranging clinical services as well as extensive research and community education programs
  • Skin — melanoma and non-melanoma
  • Surgical oncology —surgical oncologists deal with the physical removal of tumors and surrounding tissues.
  • Young adult cancer —cancers affecting young adults between ages 18 and 40

Other Cancer Services

  • Cancer Genetic Counseling — The Cancer Genetics Clinic at the cancer center helps answer questions about the risk of genetic cancers. A genetic evaluation can help clarify whether a patient and family members have a higher risk of developing certain types of cancer. Evaluations may also suggest actions that can be taken to prevent cancer. Services are provided by a team of board-certified medical geneticists and genetic counselors.
  • Cancer Registry — Knowledge is one of the best weapons against cancer. At UC Irvine Medical Center, we gather information about the types of cancer that occur in our patients, the extent of the disease and its response to therapy. As an official cancer registry within a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, we carefully record and report data that is used to monitor and improve our nation's public health and cancer care programs.
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