New Stanford - Emanuel Cancer Center Open in Turlock

Stanford Emanuel Trilogy
Dr. Don R. Goffinet along side a Varian Trilogy linear accelerator.
For Release: April 24, 2007
Media Contact: Jonnie Banks
(650) 723-6753


Palo Alto & Turlock, California  - On March 20, 2007 the new Stanford - Emanuel Radiation Oncology Center opened its doors to begin caring for central California cancer patients in the Emanuel Medical Plaza at 880 E. Tuolumne Road in Turlock.

This center brings together a collaboration and partnership that began in the spring of 2004 between Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Stanford Medical School and Emanuel Medical Center to bring state-of-the-art cancer care to Turlock and the surrounding communities.  Enhancing this partnership is the recent "cancer center" designation  awarded to the Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center from the National Cancer Institute, a distinction that reflects both high-quality patient treatment and excellent basic and clinical research.

This new status is shared with the Fremont-based Northern California Cancer Center, which worked with Stanford to achieve the designation.

The healthcare organizations have recruited Stanford Radiation Oncologists and Physicists for the facility that will provide the latest cancer-fighting advancements that include a new Varian Trilogy accelerator. This new system is capable of image-guided radio surgery (IGRS). Very simply, Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) involves the use of imaging tools to localize the area being treated, as well as verify how treatment was delivered to the tumor. The accelerator will be the only one from Redding to Bakersfield, and only the third install of its kind in Northern California - one at Stanford in Palo Alto and one at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

The facility will provide other state-of-the-art advancements that includes a new linear accelerator and Computed Tomography (CT) Simulator.  The linear accelerator offers the greatest radiation technology available today. The $3 million machine produces and delivers radiation with a precision that was previously impossible - accuracy within a millimeter.

"Emanuel conducted in-depth feasibility studies, and the results supported the need for a medical and radiation oncology center in Turlock" said John R. Sigsbury, President and Chief Executive Officer of Emanuel. "For too long, cancer patients have had to travel outside the community for the latest treatment. Starting today, we have brought that treatment to our residents and closer to their homes and families."

"Patients receiving radiation therapy must sometimes make daily trips for up to 45 days to receive life-saving radiation oncology treatments. Many of our patients, facing a long commute home or the expense of temporary housing in Palo Alto, have told us they especially welcome Stanford care at an attractive location closer to home in the Central Valley," says Steven A. Liebel, a radiation oncologist and the Ann and John Doerr Medical Director of the Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center.

"We see a clear need to reach out and provide our service closer to the homes of our patients," adds Jerry Shefren, Vice President, Ambulatory Care for Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

The CT Simulator at the Stanford-Emanuel cancer center will give patients an extra edge in battling against cancer. The CT Simulator is the most accurate method to localize, define and visualize - in three dimensions - a patient's tumor.

The new 45,000 square-foot Emanuel Medical Plaza building will house the Emanuel Cancer Program that includes the Stanford-Emanuel Radiation Oncology Center, Ruby E. Bergman Women's Center, California Oncology of Turlock (medical oncology practice), Oasis Surgical (general surgery practice), and additional medical services.

For more information about the Stanford-Emanuel Radiation Oncology Center call (209) 664-5030.


John Gilbert
Director of Physician Relations & Marketing
Emanuel Medical Center
(209) 664-5920


Jonnie Banks
Communications Manager/Interim Public Information Officer
Stanford Hospital & Clinics
(650) 723-6753

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