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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

Philanthropic Needs:

  • Endowed medical chairs - Help bring the best oncologists to south Orange County to provide medical leadership, program development and create research opportunities.
    • $2,000,000 to $5,000,000
  • ​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.
    • $350,000
  • 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.
    • $130,000
  • 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.
    • $25,000 to $100,000

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.

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