It’s one thing to talk about our approach to the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer, and the deep commitment we bring to that mission. But let us go one step further: we’d like to show you some specific examples of our commitment, so you can see exactly what we mean.
Commitment in action
Our dedicated commitment to fighting women’s cancers in Northern California
With cancer services at 21 facilities throughout Northern California, you can see our commitment all around you.
From our 100 local oncologists and hematologists to our unparalleled research and exemplary success rates, our Northern California patients know from the outset that they are in the right place to receive high quality care in a supportive care environment.
Learn more about what we’re accomplishing in Northern California.
Our commitment to caring
Being diagnosed with cancer is an overwhelming experience. That’s why we’re committed to surrounding our patients and their loved ones with the most caring and compassionate team of specialists. How we speak to our patients, how we listen, and how we help them through the tough times are just as important as the advanced treatments we provide. This is clearly evidenced in our coordinated care that supports patients with expertise and insight throughout their experience, spanning prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and, ultimately, wellness.
Our commitment to pioneering research and learning
Whether it’s breast or ovarian cancer, we provide our patients with a premier team of some of the very brightest physicians and specialists in state-of-the-art facilities. Our professionals are trained at some of the best institutions in the world in the latest women’s oncology research and techniques, and are recognized by elite industry benchmarks and standards.
Reflecting our commitment to finding the most effective treatments for ovarian cancer, we are proud to be a full member of the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), a cooperative cancer research organization that participates in targeted clinical trials.
Our commitment to breast cancer screenings has made us #1
We know that the key to fighting breast cancer is early detection. That’s why we create a customized screening schedule for every member, and we reach out to the member as screening dates approach to help schedule an appointment. As other health plans’ screening rates have declined, Kaiser Permanente --working in concert with our members-- continues to maintain high member mammography rates. With breast cancer screening rates that rank #1 in Northern California you get a powerful first wave of defense.1
Our commitment to surrounding you with experienced specialists
More experience equals more success
Data clearly shows that ovarian cancer patients do better when they are treated at facilities that see at least 20 new cases a year.2 At Kaiser Permanente Northern California, we see hundreds of new ovarian cancer cases every year.
More than a specialist
Nationally, many women with advanced ovarian cancer do not have their care provided by a gynecologic oncologist, a subspecialty-trained surgeon.2 In our Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region, over 90 percent of our patients with advanced ovarian cancer receive care from a gynecologic oncologist. This means our patients are treated by a physician with deep experience and special training in surgery for ovarian cancer, so our patients can have peace of mind knowing that a physician highly skilled in treating their specific cancer is handling their case.
More innovative approaches
Additionally, for several years now we’ve offered intraperitoneal chemotherapy (also called IP therapy) as a standard treatment to appropriate candidates. This innovative form of treatment, which applies heated chemotherapy directly into the affected area, has been shown to prolong survival in women with advanced ovarian cancer.2
Our commitment to success
Our mission is to give patients who are dealing with cancer access to the best possible care in the world.
At Kaiser Permanente, through the unique combination of a seamless referral system, aggressive evidence-based care, and our dedicated oncologists and staff, we are making powerful strides in the treatment of all cancers, especially women’s cancers. Our cutting-edge facilities and dedicated teams are using the latest technology to treat breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and our patients with our one-of-a-kind coordinated care.
- 1 Rating is based on Breast Cancer Screening 2012 ratings from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) for commercial and medicare plans published by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. HEDIS is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. HEDIS is a registered trademark of the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA). For more information, visit ncqa.org.
- 2 “Widespread Flaws Found in Ovarian Cancer Treatment,” The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/12/health/ovarian-cancer-study-finds-widespread-flaws-in-treatment.html
Our commitment to evidence-based treatment of prostate cancer at Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Personalized screening to fit your needs
Evidence-based care is care that’s been proven to work — it’s how Kaiser Permanente Southern California approaches the full spectrum of prostate cancer care. Every prostate cancer case is considered carefully and individually. Screening is as personalized as each member’s situation, so we work to avoid unnecessary tests in members who may not benefit. Instead, we work with our patients to inform them of the risks and benefits, should they choose to get screened anyway. If the results are a concern, our Safety Net Program carefully monitors progress until necessary follow-ups are scheduled, so that every patient gets the extra attention he or she requires.
World-class treatment and a team of top doctors
In our Kaiser Permanente Southern California facilities, our patients are surrounded by a team of highly skilled physicians and specialists focused on delivering world-class, patient-centered care. Research scientists and clinicians work side by side to find better ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer, and then use that knowledge to improve care for our patients. As a result of our innovations, prostate cancer patients’ outcomes have progressively improved.
From the time you’re diagnosed with prostate cancer, you are not alone. Your care team, led by a urologist and a cancer care coordinator, will help you make informed decisions about your entire care experience so you understand and choose your course of personalized treatment.
Up to half of patients diagnosed with prostate cancer don’t always require additional treatment like radiation or surgery, and instead may be safely monitored through active surveillance, which includes close follow-up. The goal for prostate cancer management is to help you have the highest quality of life. Treatment options include:
- Active surveillance – Close monitoring of patients whose prostate cancer does not look likely to progress and may never require aggressive therapy.
- Surgery, including robotics – Our patients receive care from highly experienced prostate cancer surgeons working with today’s advanced technology.
- Radiation therapy – We have seen great success and patient satisfaction with a number of leading-edge radiation therapies, such as a 3-D conformal external beam (which sculpts radiation to the shape of the tumor and is ideal for tumors with irregular shapes); image-guided radiation therapy, also known as IGRT (which takes images at each treatment and adjusts the radiation field to the prostate); and brachytherapy (radioactive seeds in the prostate).
- Hormone therapy – Our testosterone-based Lupron therapy is specifically designed for each patient to lessen side effects, such as hot flashes and bone loss, and have the best quality of life possible.
- Access to clinical trials – Oncology clinical trials are an important part of Kaiser Permanente’s research program. Kaiser Permanente Southern California participates in dozens of clinical trials each year to evaluate new treatments and therapies for cancer. Treatment options in clinical trials are meant to lessen side effects and improve effectiveness of cancer therapies.
Our commitment to your success
We’re setting new standards for the treatment and management of prostate cancer with cutting-edge facilities and treatments, physicians trained at many of the world’s leading institutions, and advanced research. Our commitment to our patients extends beyond treatment to help them live healthier, longer lives with appropriate screenings and a focus on quality of life. Your care here is as personal as it is effective.
The Breast Cancer Survivorship Program: Kaiser Permanente Georgia’s commitment to helping patients overcome cancer
You can count on us every step of the way
Every patient, diagnosis, and recovery is unique. That’s why we surround our patients with a compassionate team of specialists who all work together. Your care team includes doctors, nurses, surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, and plastic surgeons trained at some of the finest institutions in the world. One example of what makes our approach different is our Breast Cancer Survivorship Program.
The program for breast cancer patients is focused on helping them become survivors. As a patient, you are assigned a dedicated specialist to guide you through the treatment process, including a comprehensive review of all recommended treatments, where you are able to fully participate in deciding on your care. That includes a review of all medications and imaging studies and post-chemo, genetic, cardiac, lymphatic, and neuropathic evaluations.
Care that goes beyond recovery
A diagnosis of cancer is often an overwhelming experience. Life changes quickly as a result of new challenges. We are here for you — to listen, to share our knowledge, and to provide some of the most advanced treatments available.
“Once a breast cancer patient completes her or his treatment — which may include surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy — she or he often expresses a desire to return to normal life. But survivors are often confronted with a ‘new normal.’ The program helps patients adjust to life after breast cancer, with respect to the physical, psychological, and social changes that can result from their diagnosis and subsequent treatment,” says Peter Burns, M.D., PhD., director of the Breast Care Center and chief of general surgery at the Kaiser Permanente Glenlake Comprehensive Medical Center.
We are committed to providing you care that extends well beyond treatment, because no patient should have to navigate life after treatment alone.
Planning for a healthy future
Survivorship care is not just about life-saving treatment. As our patient, you will receive psychological and social support, as well as a 5-year plan for follow-up care. After initial enrollment in the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program, you can expect to meet with a specialist every 6 months — a safety net that helps ensure care is seamless, thorough, and consistent from day 1 and far into the future.
Kaiser Permanente Georgia leads the nation’s health plans by being rated No. 1 in the state of Georgia in more than 30 effectiveness of care measures, and we are the only health plan in the state rated highest in breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings.1
- 1 Data based on 2013 ratings from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) for commercial and Medicare plans published by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. HEDIS is a registered trademark of the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA). For more information, visit ncqa.org.
- Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc., Nine Piedmont Center, 3495 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-364-7000