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Interdisciplinary Team Benefits Patient



Patients benefit from the intervention of a highly-experienced, interdisciplinary treatment team, comprised of radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, specialized oncology nurses and social workers.

 

Marta Lazo’s daughter Maria is grateful for the doctors at the Leavey Cancer Center for saving her mother’s life. “I'm so happy my mother’s doctor referred her to Northridge Hospital. Dr. Gary Davidson was excellent!”

Controlling Cancer Pain


We strongly believe that no patient should suffer unmanageable cancer pain. We have a hospital-wide program to ensure that patients who have pain are identified and treated appropriately and effectively while limiting side effects. In most cases, pain is prevented in advance.

Northridge Hospital is an active member of the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative (SCCPI), which is a nonprofit volunteer interdisciplinary organization made up of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and many other professionals dedicated to the relief of cancer pain.

Medical Oncologists

In partnership with Northridge Hospital, West Valley Hematology-Oncology Medical Group (WVHOMG) provides the most up-to-date medical treatments in cancer care. WVHOMG doctors are Board-certified in Hematology and Oncology, and whose distinguished affiliations include South West Oncology Group, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Cancer Network.

WVHOMG doctors are faculty members at UCLA where they teach medical students, residents and interns. While working in conjunction with the Northridge Hospital Navigation Team, these dedicated physicians also embrace a multifaceted, holistic approach that includes the latest therapies, clinical trials, symptom management, individual and family counseling, spiritual care, support groups, massage therapy.

Radiation Oncologists

Cancer Care Consultants is a specialized radiation oncology physician group founded on the principle of using the latest medical and computer technologies. It is one of the largest groups of its kind in the area, providing treatment to over 1,200 cancer patients annually.

The physicians and their staff seek to create a warm and caring atmosphere during the difficult times facing each and every patient. Accordingly, they have been recognized and listed in the "Best Doctors in America" and "The Essential Guide to Los Angeles' Best Doctors”.

Sub-Specialized Radiologists

Renaissance Imaging Medical Associates (RIMA) employs an extraordinary team of highly sub-specialized radiologists. RIMA works in partnership with referring physicians to offer each patient the most thorough diagnostic imaging and interpretation.

Surgeons

Our outstanding surgical oncologists, as well as specialized surgeons in thoracics, neurology and gynecology, are dedicated to providing the best treatment. The surgical team is dedicated to providing our patients with a complete range of options best suited to their individual needs. Our cancer specialists are extraordinarily precise in removing the cancer while preserving as much normal tissue and function as possible.

Recent studies have shown that, for many cancers, patients have fewer complications if their surgery was performed at a hospital performing a high volume of these operations and if the surgery is performed by a surgeon who has expertise in the procedure, like those found at Northridge Hospital.

Oncology Nursing

As integral members of a multidisciplinary team, specially-trained oncology nurses provide the balance between innovative, expert treatment and personalized care. We are committed to maintaining the highest professional standards and continue to keep abreast of the latest treatments and technologies through research, certification, and life-long learning.

Nurses maintain certifications in the implementation of specialized treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, IV therapy and blood transfusion and many are certified specifically in Oncologic Nursing.

Controlling Cancer Pain

We strongly believe that no patient should suffer unmanageable cancer pain. We have a hospital-wide program to ensure that patients who have pain are identified and treated appropriately and effectively while limiting side effects. In most cases, pain is prevented in advance.

Northridge Hospital is an active member of the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative (SCCPI), which is a nonprofit volunteer interdisciplinary organization made up of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and many other professionals dedicated to the relief of cancer pain.

Psychologists and Social Workers

Social workers and psychologists can help patients deal with the stress, anxiety and depression that can accompany a diagnosis of cancer and its treatment. This counseling can strengthen coping skills, improve self-image, help you gain insight, and improve family communication, as well as provide an opportunity to explore and express your feelings. Our social workers also help ensure that patients get emotional support and assistance with needs like housing, financial assistance, home care support, community referrals, and transportation. Support groups are also available.

Supportive Care
Supportive Care optimizes the patient’s quality of life throughout the continuum of illness (for both curable and terminal illnesses). Supportive care addresses physical symptoms plus a patient’s emotional, social and spiritual needs, while also providing access to information for patients to make educated choices.

Pathology and Laboratory

Vital information provided by laboratories can be a big part of all healthcare decisions. Laboratory Services performs 2.2 million clinical laboratory tests annually. Staffed by highly qualified experts and technicians, it offers the most sophisticated technologies, and is fully accredited and certified by CAP (College of American Pathologists).

A pathologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and classification of diseases by laboratory tests such as examination of tissue and cells under a microscope. The pathologist determines whether a tumor is benign or cancerous, and, if cancerous, the exact cell type and grade. Most laboratory results are completed in 24 to 48 hours from the time of the test.

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