Everyone has a story about cancer. Whether it’s someone’s sister, a coworker or a close family member, we’ve all been affected by cancer at some point in our lives.
My cancer story involves my mom. She contracted lung cancer, never smoked a day in her life, a little over 3 three ago and year later we lost her. Along her journey I remember the numerous hospital visits including the endless driving not only by my mom, but also family members including myself. It can take a toll on everyone involved, but especially someone seeking treatment.
That scenario is one of the reasons why City of Hope decided there was a need for a state-of-the-art facility in Orange County. On January 21st the first phase of City of Hope Orange County opened with welcoming arms from residents of the SoCal community.
The new facility will allow OC cancer patients to get treatment right in their own backyard instead of driving to City of Hope Hospital in Duarte. Something that 80% of the current patients were doing.
The OC plan also includes a world-class cancer campus that will open in Irvine 2021. OC residents will have access to the only specialty hospital dedicated to testing and curing cancer, clinical trials and early detection screenings.
For Kandace McMenomy, a two-time cancer survivor, the opening of the new location holds a special place in her heart. When she was diagnosed for the second time, she decided she was going to get the best treatment out there. For Kandace, “failure was not an option.” She decided to make the drive to the City of Hope in Duarte and while it was taxing, it was the best decision as she is now cancer free. She knows that City of Hope offers the best in cancer research and treatment and is excited that OC residents will be able to conveniently seek treatment in their own backyard with calming ocean views to boot.
The Newport Beach location was designed with the patient in mind having bright and beautiful exam and procedures rooms and staying away from the clinical feel of some other treatment centers. Once the Irvine location opens next year, the residents of OC will have two locations to visit, double the resources and double the hope.
For more information on City of Hope Orange County or to schedule an appointment, click HERE or call (949) 763-2204.
Photography by: KSTU Photography