What We Do
What We Do
Facing breast cancer can be a daunting journey and for patients who are uninsured and low-income, it can seem insurmountable. Avon Cares for Life is a program of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, located at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, a public hospital in Northern Los Angeles County. It provides hope for patients from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.
Our mission is to ensure timely access to services, facilitate referrals to cancer support resources, provide quality clinical services in survivorship care, and to provide opportunities for participation in clinical trials.
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Our efforts to assist patients with treatment completion include one-on-one care coordination with a bicultural, bilingual patient navigator, facilitation of cancer support resources such as transportation and financial assistance, and providing a dedicated clinical social worker to help each patient address the emotional impact of breast cancer.
Our Avon Cares for Life Clinic is designed to meet the needs of our breast cancer survivors through patient empowerment and health education. Each patient receives clinical consultation with both a Nurse Practitioner and a Clinical Social Worker to address both physical and emotional needs after treatment for breast cancer. Patients receive tailored strategies on how to maintain a health lifestyle and empowerment tools for continued care within the primary care setting.
As a UCLA TORI network site, our clinical research coordinator is bringing the latest in clinical research to the patients of Olive View-UCLA Medical Center.
For a list of trials or for more information, please contact Lorinda Corona, (818) 364-4189.
The benefits of the Avon Cares for Life Program are:
- Guides patients through the complex healthcare system from diagnosis through survivorship
- Supports timely care and treatment of patients
- Assists with appointments, communication between the patient and the doctor, provides educational materials and improves the healthcare experience
- Provides follow-up care after treatment and educates about risk reduction and risk of recurrence
- Provides access to innovative clinical trials through the UCLA TORI network
- Assists patients with referrals to support services including the Los Angeles Breast Cancer Alliance, Project Angel Food, weSPARK, the American Cancer Society and the Wellness Center
For more information, please contact Lori Viveros, Program Manager, (818) 364-3562.
The UCLA/ Avon Cares for Life Program began in April 2006 with a two-year seed grant ($300,000) awarded to the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center to establish a navigation program at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. In the initial development of the Program, gaps were identified in service delivery; a lack of continuity of care, delays in treatment due to fear and/or inability to effectively navigate the healthcare system, difficulty in accessing local and national cancer support services, and little to no clinical trial availability. Individual patients expressed that they did not understand the stage of their cancer, their treatment options, or who to call if they had a medical concern. After patients completed their adjuvant treatment, patients had little direction on how to obtain primary care, did not receive routine screening tests for other cancers, and struggled with the emotional challenges of their diagnosis and transition to survivorship.
The Avon Cares for Life Program, an Avon Center of Excellence since 2008, is designed to address these needs and provide a comprehensive level of support and clinical services for patients who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
- "Caring Through Access and Education: A Series of Workshops on Cancer Related Issues" Brochure (English / Spanish)
- "I Was Told I Have Cancer, What Happens Now?"—Tuesday, February 28, 2012
- "¿Me Dijeron Que Tengo Cáncer, Que Pasa Ahora?"—Martes, 13 de Marzo, 2012 (Brochure)
- “Caring For Your Mind and Body”—Thursday, March 1, 2012
- “Cuidando A Su Cuerpo y Mente”—Jueves, 1 de Marzo, 2012 (Brochure)