JUDI AND BILL LEONARD INSTITUTE FOR CANCER PREVENTION, TREATMENT AND WELLNESS
AT MISSION HOSPITAL
Support the Leonard Cancer Institute
First Comprehensive Cancer Institute in South Orange County
The Judi and Bill Leonard Institute for Cancer Prevention, Treatment and
Wellness will establish a place of new possibilities, hope and healing
in our community. Our comprehensive cancer center will bring together
specialists, clinical research, and cutting-edge technology to compassionately
care for the body, mind and spirit of our patients and family members.
Together, we will make the once impossible, possible. Construction is underway
for our new 4-story Leonard Cancer Institute. The new building will include
extensive space for physicians dedicated to care for patients with cancer
and other specialty needs. Construction will include a dedicated parking
structure and pedestrian access to Mission Hospital and The Shops at Mission Viejo.
The building will house radiation oncology, imaging services and medical
oncology, also known as infusion.
Centralized in the building will be a comprehensive research and clinical
trial program as well as dedicated and specialized tumor boards. A robust
clinical nurse navigation program will provide stewardship and assistance
for cancer patients and their families, and a varied menu of alternative
and complementary therapies, programs and cancer education.
A New Approach to Cancer Care in Our Community
Every day in our country, 4,500 people's lives are forever changed
by a diagnosis of cancer.
To address this devastating national and local need, Mission Hospital will
revolutionize cancer care in south Orange County.
The Leonard Cancer Institute will provide the latest cancer treatments
right here in our community, ensuring south Orange County residents local
access to specialized cancer care, not previously available.
Personalized cancer care
Our program will include multidisciplinary treatments, based on the latest
research and evidence, and personalized to each patient's specific
tumor, cancer type and genetics. We also recently received the
Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons for demonstrating our commitment
to meeting CoC's rigorous standards and improving the quality of care
for patients with cancer.
Specialized and dedicated clinicians
Our expert multidisciplinary clinical team is highly accomplished in cancer
diagnostics, research, treatment, patient care, education and prevention.
Innovative technology and diagnostics
Technology and innovation in cancer care is rapidly evolving. Advanced
technologies will enable us to transform the status quo in cancer care,
leading patients to more personalized and accurate treatment plans, while
enabling physicians to do their jobs more effectively.
Robotic surgical technology has also advanced rapidly allowing surgeons
to operate on tumors in early stages or tumors in close proximity to sensitive
organs without damaging healthy tissue.
Dedicated nurse navigators
Relatively new members of the multidisciplinary care team; nurse navigators
help patients traverse the health care system and their treatment plan.
They work to ensure care is coordinated among members of the cancer care
team and are strong advocates for patients.
Progressive research and clinical trials
Working with experts across the country, we can dramatically accelerate
the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that
reduce the devastating effects of cancer.
Forming alliances with leading cancer institutions, we will bring the best
in academic medicine to our south Orange County community. Beyond treating
cancer, we will study its causes and ways to prevent, detect and improve
tolerance of treatment side effects.
Integrative therapies and psychosocial programs
Our care teams pair conventional treatments, such as surgery, radiation
therapy and chemotherapy, with integrative medicine to create individualized,
evidence-based treatment programs. These complementary therapies include
acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine and nutrtional counseling, yoga,
guided imagery, meditation, Tai Chi, therapeutic touch and Qi Gong. By
giving patients access to a broad range of proven therapies, we provide
them more control over their own destinies. Our programs will incorporate
body, mind and spirit care, including integrative medicine and natural
treatments such as acupuncture, massage and yoga that reduce stress and
anxiety and improve overall well-being.
Together We Will Make the Once Impossible, POSSIBLE
Cancer touches almost everyone
Community philanthropic investment in the Leonard Cancer Institute will
ensure we can provide the highest level of cancer care, at home, in our
own community. #MissionPossible
Endowed medical chairs - Help bring the best oncologists to south Orange County to provide medical
leadership, program development and create research opportunities.
Dedicated nurse navigators - A nurse navigator spends an average of 18 hours assisting each patient
through cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our nurse navigators walk alongside
patients from a cancer diagnosis, all the way through treatment. They
play a huge and important role on our care team.
- $200,000 each (three needed)
Innovative technology and diagnostics - Help us provide patients with more personalized and accurate cancer
care with these new technologies:
- Linear Accelerator - $4,000,000 each (two needed)
- PET CT - $2,500,000
- 3T MRI - $1,700,000
- CT Simulator - $800,000
- CT Scanner - $800,000
- Intraoperative Radiation Therapy - $625,000
Clinical Research Coordinator - In order to enroll, track and record data from clinical trials around
the country, and all of the world, we need an experienced Clinical Research
Coordinator. Statistics show that patients who participate in clinical
trials often receive better medical care than other patients, have access
to advanced therapy that is generally unavilable to others and usually
receive more follow-up monitoring to ensure safety.
Dietician - Cancer and cancer treatments may affect nutrition. Patients who are well
nourished may have a better prognosis and quality of life. Nutrition therapy
is used to help cancer patients get the nutrients they need to keep up
their body weight and strength, keep body tissue healthy and fight infection.
Psychosocial programs and services - Help us prevent, detect and improve tolerance of treatment side effects.
Our programs incorporate body, mind and spirit in order to enhance the
quality of life for patients during and after treatment.
Join us as we build a model of change that will revolutionize cancer care today.
Support the Leonard Cancer Institute
Mary and her husband Michael Miyamoto, MD
Patient Story: My Cancer Journey
To learn more about the Leonard Cancer Institute, please contact:
Jen Bastian, Mission Hospital Foundation at
Jen.Jones@stjoe.org or (949) 365-2469.
Download Cancer Institute Brochure