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How We Compare

When you come to El Camino Health for cancer care, you can depend on expert, compassionate care from a team of specialists.  

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We battle cancer on all fronts, from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship. Our commitment to exceptional cancer care shows in our patient outcomes. The information we track about patient outcomes for specific types of cancer can help you make an informed decision about where to seek care.

Patient outcome reports measure the safety and quality of care we provide. We encourage you to compare our outcomes with other medical facilities when making healthcare decisions.

Fueled by Expertise, Experience, and a Commitment to Quality

Cancer outcomes are measured by five-year survival rates — the percentage of patients who are alive at least five years after their cancer is diagnosed. Our five-year survival rates for patients treated for breast, colon, gynecologic, prostate, kidney and lung cancers demonstrate superior survival results. The charts below highlight survival rates for El Camino Health patients diagnosed in 2014 and treated over the last five years. The data are from the El Camino Health Cancer Center registry.

El Camino Health’s cancer doctors have particular expertise in managing late-stage cancers aggressively. They’re always willing to search for new treatment options when a current treatment isn’t working or a patient isn’t able to find help elsewhere. For our patients who want to continue the fight, our doctors fight hard for each and every patient. We provide therapy tailored to the patient and the patient’s goals.

As further evidence of the high standards of our cancer program, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted El Camino Health a second consecutive Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation. To earn accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 quality care standards, be evaluated every three years and maintain levels of excellence in delivering comprehensive, patient-centered care.

This accreditation is the highest that can be achieved by a community hospital, and it’s granted to only 25 percent of hospitals nationwide.

Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Programs

In the battle against cancer, prevention may be our most powerful tool. That’s why El Camino Health has developed a groundbreaking Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Program. In our program, we conduct screenings and educate people about their cancer risk and how to reduce it. We have expanded research efforts and participate in clinical trials for medical devices and technologies for early detection.

Fundraising to support this effort is ongoing. Watch video.

Breast Cancer Survival

At El Camino Health, doctors respond promptly to a diagnosis of breast cancer — no matter what the stage — developing a care plan and beginning treatment without delay.

Our doctors are relentless in battling breast cancers, even stage III and IV (breast cancer that has spread beyond the original site at the time of diagnosis).

Breast Cancer Survival

This chart highlights 5-year survival rates for El Camino Health patients diagnosed in 2014.

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Survival

Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer, accounting for 85 to 90 percent of all lung cancers.

At El Camino Health, we attribute our success, in the fight against non-small cell lung cancer, in part, to our collaborative approach to treatment planning. Surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists work together to determine the best treatment options and best sequence of treatments.

Although we’ve had notable success in treating these cancers at a later stage, our goal is to diagnose these cancers earlier when the chance for a cure is greatest. Please read our published follow-up study — Community Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening — that supports current recommendations to use low-dose CT screening for lung cancer detection.

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Survival

This chart highlights 5-year survival rates for El Camino Health patients diagnosed in 2014.

Colorectal Cancer Survival

At El Camino Health we are committed to increasing public awareness of preventive screenings to catch the cancer early, in its most treatable stage.

Colorectal Cancer Survival

This chart highlights 5-year survival rates for El Camino Health patients diagnosed in 2014.

Prostate Cancer Survival

El Camino Health’s five-year survival rates for prostate cancer show comparatively good outcomes despite taking on patients with many complications, and comorbidities who have been turned away for treatment by other facilities.

Early detection increases the odds of treating prostate cancer successfully. For accurate diagnosis, El Camino Health uses Artemis™ 3D Imaging and Navigation, which combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound to better visualize prostate cancer tissue. Artemis helps determine if a man with non-aggressive, slow-growing cancer can still safely avoid or delay surgery through active surveillance, or if he needs a biopsy and more invasive treatment.

Our goal in the coming years is to use Artemis and other screening tools to improve survival rates through early detection.

Prostate Cancer Survival

This chart highlights 5-year survival rates for El Camino Health patients diagnosed in 2014.

Uterine Cancer Survival

Endometrial (uterine) cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. The National Cancer Institute states that more than 40 percent of endometrial cancers can be attributed to being overweight.

El Camino Health aims to help women understand and lower their risk of getting uterine cancer.

Uterine Cancer Survival

This chart highlights 5-year survival rates for El Camino Health patients diagnosed in 2014.

Kidney Cancer Survival

More than 73,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney cancer each year. Kidney cancer, also called renal cancer, ranks among the 10 most common cancers in both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society.

While kidney cancer rates have risen in the last decade, survival rates have held steady. Thanks to today’s advanced imaging tests, more cases are being discovered before symptoms appear.

The specialists at El Camino Health Cancer Care are highly experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney cancer. Our multidisciplinary care team brings together urology surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists to create a personalized treatment plan — one that’s appropriately aggressive with the most effective results and the fewest side effects.

Kidney Cancer Survival

This chart highlights 5-year survival rates for El Camino Health patients diagnosed in 2014.

Terminology Defined

  • Survival rate – A standard way of discussing the general outlook of people with a particular type of cancer. The survival rate reflects statistics on large numbers of people who’ve previously had cancer, but the statistics can’t predict with certainty what will happen for a specific individual.

  • Five-year survival rate – The percentage of people who live at least five years after their cancer is diagnosed. Many people achieve long-term remission for years or decades.

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