The $25 million center, which opened in December 2001 as the first comprehensive cancer center in Phoenix, took a new approach to cancer treatment: an initiative designed by cancer survivors for cancer survivors.“Planning for the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center involved casting a very broad net. We listened, we learned, especially from those touched by cancer,” says Tom Sadvary, president & CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare. “The feedback we heard inspired everyone involved to take personalized care to a higher level than ever before.”
The center runs through the contributions of community donors and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable trust. It is known to offer what other centers often can’t: a compilation of nearly all services needed by those affected by cancer of everything from trials and diagnosis to treatments, prevention and support services in on location at Scottsdale Healthcare.“The amazing passion and enthusiasm that helped create our center continues to this day,” Sadvary says. “New discoveries allow treatments to target specific genes, giving hope that one day soon we will indeed bridge the gap between care and cure,”
Services at the center include comprehensive care with state-of-the-art services and equipment,
information and access to ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options, access to cancer-related information, education and support, a cancer registry that collects data on cancer, treatment and results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up and so much more.“Our expert physicians, staff members and volunteers truly know what it takes to ‘care’ for people. We collaborate with our community’s leading physicians and many of the world’s top scientists, so patients no longer need to travel outside the Valley for specialized cancer treatment,” says Lindsay Thomas, director of Oncology Services. “In fact, patients from across the U.S. and abroad are now referred to the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center.”
Looking back on the decade of quality service, we’re highlighting some of the center’s most notable achievements.