Mercy Offers a Full Service Cancer Center
What is cancer?
Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled cellular growth. Normal cells and cancer cells are alike in many ways, but have many important differences. Normal cells have a programmed time to die. Normal cells have “contact inhibition” which means normal cells won’t crowd each other. Normal cells that bump into each other give each other space. Normal cells will multiply until they fill the boundaries of a chamber. At this point, normal cells will balance their growth with cell loss.
Cancer cells are disorganized and don’t have a programmed time to die. Cancer cells continue to multiply, crowding into each other and normal surrounding cells.
How is it treated?
Depending on the type and stage of cancer, there may be many treatment options. These may include any one or a combination of the following:
• Radiation Therapy
Physicians work with patients to plan the best treatment options.
Successful Cancer Care Needs Skill and Compassion
At the Mercy Regional Cancer Center, effective and compassionate care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals who work together to help the courageous people who face their journey with dignity and grace. We offer the full range of cancer diagnosis and treatment options under one roof and in a comfortable and supportive setting.
American College of Surgeons Highest Accreditation for More Than 20 Years
The Mercy Regional Cancer Center sets the standard for multidisciplinary and comprehensive care for patients and their families. We accomplish this through applied research, education, prevention and early detection. Our goal is improved health for our patients and our community.
That is why the American College of Surgeons has awarded the Mercy Regional Cancer Center its highest level of accreditation for comprehensive cancer programs for more than 20 years.
Cancer Resource Centers in Redding and Mt. Shasta
Information is an important tool in the treatment of cancer. The more patients and families understand about their illness, the more effectively they can take steps to enhance and speed up their recovery. Cancer Resource Centers at both Mercy Medical Center Redding (MMCR) and Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta (MMCMS) provide informational support to cancer patients, their families and the general public. The Floyd Morgan Family Cancer Resource Center and the Medical Library at MMCR offer printed and online information, as well as trained and experienced staff to assist you.
A New Vision for Cancer
Oncologists that practice at MMCR use a team approach to provide the finest quality of care. A multidisciplinary Tumor Board brings together radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to examine each diagnosis and strategize and plan the best treatment for each patient.
MMCR and University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) collaborate to improve cancer related care for MMCR’s patient population in far Northern California. Services provided through the collaboration will capitalize on the strengths of UCSF’s sub-specialty clinical expertise and top-notch cancer research programs combined with Mercy Regional Cancer Center’s community resources and Medical Staff expertise. MMCR’s overarching goal with UCSF is to continually increase advanced best practices and evidence-based care.
Mercy Regional Cancer Center administers a variety of diagnostic services and partners with area diagnostic centers to provide computerized technology. Services available through one or both of the facilities include:
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Computerized Technology (CT) Scan
- Interventional Radiology
- Nuclear Medicine Scans
- Pathology - Tumor Staging
- PET Scans
- Ultrasound Vascular Lab Studies
- 64-Slice CT Scanner
- Genetic Testing
- Collaboration with UCSF Medical Center's Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
MMCR has formed a strategic partnership with 21st Century Oncology, a national leader in radiation therapy. The purpose and mission of 21st Century Oncology is to provide the very best in cancer fighting technology, operated by highly educated and specially trained physicians, physicists and therapists incorporating a multi-center team approach. One of the many resources 21st Century Oncology brings to our community includes its foundation 21st Century C.A.R.E. The foundation assists financially with the incidental expenses incurred during treatments, furthers research for a cure by partnering with leading national organizations, and provides education for patients and the public alike regarding the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.
Expert Medical Oncologists implement a strategy for comprehensive patient care. Chemotherapy is usually administered on an outpatient basis, supporting a cancer patient’s quality of life while they undergo treatment. Our chemotherapy services are one of the highest rated services for offering a quality patient experience in the hospital according to patient feedback.