At the newly-opened Leonard Cancer Institute, each member of our staff is an integral part of a team with a defined mission: to do everything in our power to defeat cancer and reduce the effects associated with treatment.
This mission starts with our medical director and leading medical oncologist, Dr. Lloyd Stuart Nagasawa, MD Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Nagasawa brings over 31 years of experience treating patients in South Orange County, including helping those when other doctors have given up hope.
By combining specialized and dedicated clinicians and health care professionals into a unified team, we deliver multidisciplinary treatments that are based on the latest research and personalized to each patient’s specific tumor, cancer type, and genetics. This approach, as well as our skilled caregivers, are part of the reason we recently received the College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation for demonstrating our commitment to meeting the CoC’s strict standards and improving cancer patient care.
Health Care Professionals at Every Turn
Our team of health care professionals includes top geneticists, genetic counselors, and diagnostics specialists. Our genetics specialists work to decipher each patient’s DNA and the molecular structure of the person’s cancer. This understanding helps inform more effective care by revealing a tumor’s weaknesses and pinpointing the treatments more likely to defeat it.
Radiology and radiation therapy are vital to our precision medicine approach. Under the guidance of our co-medical directors of radiation oncologists, Dr. William Chou and Dr. Carolyn Young, our team includes radiation therapists, radiographers, radiologists, radiation oncologists, and interventional radiologists. Affectionately known as the “Rad Team,” they use the power of radiation to diagnose, target, and ultimately destroy cancers with a precision that was unfathomable just a few short years ago.
Meet Our Nurse Navigators
Speaking of precision at work, let’s look at our nurse navigators. These dedicated, skilled clinicians play a vital role in patient care. They’re here to help patients navigate the intricacies of modern health care and their treatment plans, including the complexities of dealing with insurance companies. Nurse navigators also act as a patient’s advocate. These nurses work to ensure care is coordinated between every member of our team and that the needs of our patients and their families and caregivers never go unattended.
Our care teams pair the latest cancer treatments—immunotherapy, robotic-assisted surgery, advancements in chemotherapy, and precision-targeted radiation—with support care from nutritionists and counselors to ensure each patient is feeding their bodies and minds in ways that help defeat cancer and the fears that come with it.
Complementing our individualized, evidence-based treatments are secondary treatments and programs such as massage therapy, acupuncture, meditation, guided imagery, therapeutic touch, and Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Part of our commitment to caring for the entire patient—mind, body, and spirit—these complementary therapies are shown to alleviate stress and anxieties while increasing healthy feelings of wellbeing.
Thanking Everyone at Leonard Cancer Institute
We also want to recognize our engineering, IT, maintenance, care aides, volunteers, and every other member of our team. As a leading-edge treatment and research institute engaged in life and death battles, we rely heavily on our caregivers to deliver the very best every day. While it can seem like a daunting task, it can make all the difference when it comes to winning more and more fights against cancer.