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Award-Winning Cancer Center in Napa, California

Cancer Treatment Services at Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Since the 1950s, Queen of the Valley Medical Center has been committed to treating and healing cancer patients throughout the Napa Valley community. We provide a complete range of cancer prevention, diagnostic care, and a wide array of the latest treatment, rehabilitation, and support options.

Some of our services include:

  • Home Health Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Nutrition and Dietician Programs
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Psychological, Emotional, and Spiritual Support
  • Screening, Treatment, and Imaging
  • Survivorship Programs

We take a proactive approach to modern medicine. We find ways to create an individualized treatment program that can effectively detect, address, or treat various forms of cancer. Additionally, each of our hospital's cancer care specialists and affiliated cancer programs provide patients with the support that is needed to help patients move forward in health and happiness for years to come.

Queen of the Valley Cancer Center Contact Information

Contact Us
Phone: 707-257-4083
Fax: 707-257-4168
Cancer Center Operation Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8 AM - 5 PM

Synergy Wellness Center
Cancer Wellness Program
Phone: 707-251-1395

Our Distinctive Awards and Accreditations

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) surveys hospitals and cancer treatment centers nationwide and approves only those that meet its strict criteria for staffing, services and education. The Queen of the Valley Cancer Center has earned two prestigious awards from the ACS, including:

  • The Three Year Approval with Commedation - known as the highest level of approval offered by the ACS, we are the only facility in the Napa and Sonoma County areas to have achieved the Three Year Approval
  • The Outstanding Achievement Award - has only been recieved by less than 20% of Cancer Programs surveyed in the nation

We are confident that we possess the expert ability and distinction to help increase survivorship in cancer patients in our community. Below, we we have detailed the awards and distinctions we have achieved at Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

Outstanding Achievement Award

In 2011, we received an Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) and three-year approval with commendation for providing excellent care - while demonstrating an exceptionally high level of compliance on seven standards. The OAA is presented by the Commission on Cancer, a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons. This is the second time we have been given this accomodation.

Three-Year Accreditation

In 2011, we were the recipient of a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology - representing the highest level of quality and patient safety - by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). The Queen’s radiation oncology program is one of only seven programs in California to have received this level of accreditation. View the "What to Expect" video produced by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Cancer is not an individual battle. Meet our team of experts today!

Research conducted by medical experts across the globe have consistently found that cancer patients recover better, live longer, and generally have an easier experience if they feel supported by others.

Our multidiscipline team includes:

Medical Oncologists
Certified Oncology Nurses
Social Workers
Radiation Therapists
Physical Therapists
Clergy and Spiritual Leaders

Every member of our team is experienced in working with patients who have been diagnosed with all forms of cancer. We want to help you develop a treatment program that you are not only comfortable with, but can also enhance your quality of life as you undergo treatment. Our team can be available to you throughout every stage of your recovery, and into your post-treatment years.

World-Class Care that Lasts a Lifetime

At Queen of the Valley Medical Center, we strongly believe that great medical care does not stop when your cancer treatment ends. Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer, your loved one is undergoing cancer treatment, or you have completed treatment and are on the road to recovery, our Board Certified oncologists are ready to be at your side.

Along with our award-winning cancer treatment therapies, we also provide comprehensive cancer support services for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Living with the aftermath of chemotherapy, radiation treatment, surgery, or other cancer-related illness could be an incredibly emotional experience and a difficult change. We want to connect you with the best support system possible – meaning you will never be alone during your journey to recovery.

Life After Cancer: Make Your Story One of Survival

Many cancer patients will receive plenty of information and support during the process of cancer treatment. Once treatment stops, however, many cancer patients will feel as though they are entering yet another field of uncharted territory. It can be easy to succumb to feelings of isolation, fear, and uncertainty. Fortunately, we have the resources and information that you need to take control of your life once again – even after treatment has ended.

It's time to embrace life beyond a medical diagnosis. It's time to feel inspired and confident once again. If you would like to make your story one of survival, speak with us today. We would be happy to provide you with some practical thinking points as you seek follow-up care and manage the very real, yet very exciting physical, social, emotional, and even sexual grounds of life after cancer.

Cancer Survivors Share Their Stories

Kathryn Tiberend

“I’m very glad that when I needed surgery and treatment for my breast cancer that I was lucky to live in Napa and have access to Queen of the Valley,” explains Kathryn Tiberend, 54, who was diagnosed early in 2013. She credits her straightforward surgeon Robert Dunham, MD, with finding a lump that had previously been overlooked in an ultrasound.

“When you hear cancer you really aren’t listening to anything else, no matter how smart you are or think you are prepared for it,” she says, adding that Dr. Dunham gave her one good piece of advice. “He told me to get a binder that could hold all the paperwork relating to my diagnosis, surgery and treatment, along with information about medications, insurance, disability and so on.” Kathryn says organizing that binder gave her something constructive to focus on.

Board-certified oncologist Ari Umutyan worked together with Kathryn’s team of physicians to thoroughly map out her treatment options. “Dr. Ari, as his patients call him, gives you as much information as you desire,” she says. “He would say, ‘You can decide when you have enough information – just tell me when to stop.’”

A few weeks after having a biopsy, Kathryn underwent a lumpectomy for a stage 2 tumor that she says was “fairly good sized but slow growing.” She felt fortunate that the surgery showed clean margins and no lymph node involvement.

Kathryn’s follow-up treatment included a round of radiation, together with a regimen of medication she will take for five years. “I loved the radiation center at the Queen – it was staffed by some of nicest people that I hope I won’t have to see again!”

The medication, however, proved troublesome for Kathryn, who was on the cusp of entering menopause. “My breast cancer was a very high-estrogen positive type, meaning that estrogen feeds it,” she explains. “The meds had some unpleasant side effects because of the estrogen in my system, but the chance of the cancer recurring was much too high if I didn’t stay on it. So my doctors believed it was a reasonable option for me to undergo a full hysterectomy to remove estrogen.”

When her radiation treatment was completed, Kathryn had the hysterectomy and is now better able to tolerate a different but necessary medication. After healing from surgery, she enrolled in the Queen’s Cancer Wellness Program, where she met with counselor Steve Wood to discuss stress and sleep issues, and nutritionist Tawnya Dorn-Shine, RD, CDE. “Tawnya really encouraged me to keep track of my food intake and to be more accountable for my diet. I’m 40 to 50 pounds lighter than before the cancer, and I still have a way to go to lose more weight, but I’m healthier now than I was before my diagnosis!”

Kathryn admits she had never been a “gym sort of person” before her breast cancer journey and recovery. But as a cancer patient she was offered 90 days of free access to Synergy Medical Fitness Center. She signed up and never looked back. “I started slowly, doing little bits of time on a treadmill. Now I’m working out at least five days a week on elliptical machines and weight machines. I’m in much better physical shape than before.”

She also found support in the Bosom Buddies support group for breast cancer patients, which meets monthly at the Queen’s Wellness Center. “All the women who have attended Bosom Buddies truly appreciate what it has done for them. You can feel sort of lost after cancer treatment, but taking advantage of the services at Synergy and the support group makes you stop and realize that you are more than just a patient, more than just cancer. You learn to be strong, and that’s a great feeling. Having a sense of humor and have funny friends and family all around has also helped me survive.”

Kathryn truly felt lucky to live in Napa when she needed care for her cancer. “The Queen is a great hospital with amazing doctors,” she says. “It seems as if everyone is continually reviewing my case and paying attention all the time.”

She continues to maintain her special binder, keeping all those important papers together. But, she adds, “I hope it becomes a relic at some point!”

Sabrina Tanner

When Sabrina Tanner learned she had breast cancer two years ago, one of her initial thoughts was, “I did something wrong.” She says that’s part of suddenly being overcome with a cancer diagnosis. “At first you have to swallow that really big reality pill.”

After a biopsy confirmed there was a tumor, Sabrina’s treatment team quickly moved forward in planning her surgery at Queen of the Valley. “They got the ball rolling ASAP. That was good for me, because you don’t want to sit around wondering what to do, but at that point you also don’t know how bad it might be,” she says. Further testing revealed that, because the tumor appeared to be small, a lumpectomy would be the best surgical approach, followed by radiation treatments.

Sabrina, 55, had the surgery in November 2012, choosing to delay it a few weeks so she could first celebrate her wedding anniversary with husband Freeland. “He’s my rock,” she says. The 34-year residents of Napa are local celebrities, talented horticulturalists who design beautiful garden spaces for others and have had their own personal garden photographed for several magazines.

Sabrina knew she was at high risk for breast cancer even before her diagnosis. “It runs in my family – both my grandmother and great-grandmother had it, and my mother has had lymphoma for many years. After my own surgery and treatment, I didn’t want to talk about it for a long time. But then I realized that wasn’t the way to handle it.”

The radiation treatments took place over the holidays, and by February 2013 Sabrina was healed enough to check out what the Queen’s Cancer Wellness Program had to offer. “I was overweight and stressed out, but I’d been given a second chance to improve my lifestyle,” she says. One of her first sessions was with nutritionist Tawnya Dorn-Shine, RD, CDE, a registered dietitian at Queen of the Valley’s Wellness Center, who helped Sabrina identify foods she should eat to keep up her strength. “I also quit eating meat, because there are many other ways of getting protein, and Tawnya told me to eat lots of veggies and fruits. And the weight just fell off!”

Sessions at the Cancer Wellness Center with Rosen Method massage therapist Sylvia Nobleman were also life-changing for Sabrina. “As a breast cancer survivor herself, Sylvia understood exactly how I felt and what I needed to do to take care of myself and not sweat the small stuff anymore. She taught me that I need to be in tune with my body and to calm down into an almost meditative state.”

Another key person in Sabrina’s road to recovery has been Claudia Davis, RN, the breast health nurse navigator for the Queen. “Claudia is an angel. She would always call and keep in touch, making certain I was OK,” says Sabrina. “She also got me into the Bosom Buddies support group at Queen of the Valley’s Wellness Center, which I joined just a few weeks after finishing radiation. I try not to miss those monthly meetings, because there are always new people joining the group, and they want to know they are not alone.”

Claudia also convinced Sabrina to be a model in the Queen’s annual Reach for the Stars fashion show and luncheon, which shines a spotlight on cancer patients as they model clothing from local stores. Last year’s event raised $125,000 for the Cancer Wellness Program. “By participating in this show, you feel so important, which is very healing,” says Sabrina. “A lot of women retreat when they get cancer, but Claudia changed my whole perspective. All of the people behind the scenes at the fashion show convinced me that I look good, I have a voice, and I matter. The whole experience encouraged me to dress up a little more, wear makeup again, and to go out and enjoy life.”

During her cancer journey, “my garden has been my healing place,” she says. Even before Sabrina’s diagnosis, the Tanners would open their lushly landscaped garden for special spring tours to benefit the American Cancer Society. Most recently, the Tanners donated $1,200 in tour proceeds to the Queen’s Cancer Wellness Program. Many of the women who come for the Tanner’s garden tours are breast cancer survivors.

“Freeland and I use our garden as a platform to help people think about what they can do locally,” adds Sabrina. “It’s very satisfying for us and our way of giving back, and we will continue to do it as long as we can."

Lorri McAuliffe

Lorri McAuliffe believes that thorough research helped her make the right decision regarding her choice to undergo a double mastectomy. The 59-year-old Napa resident was diagnosed with cancer in her right breast in February 2013. The biopsy confirmed it was a stage 2-A tumor, small but aggressive.

“I wasn’t knowledgeable about breast cancer until it happened to me,” says Lorri. “At first, I was like everyone else – overwhelmed that I had cancer and feeling like I had been given too much information to process.” She credits reading Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book for giving her “the ammo I needed to confront my medical team with the right kinds of questions.”

As a safety consultant primarily working with public works agencies, Lorri is a diligent researcher who says she had to look at her situation realistically. “You do the best you can to keep a good sense of reality,” she explains. “And I was surrounded by a village of family and friends who helped.”

One of Lorri’s critical dilemmas on her personal journey with breast cancer was sorting out differing opinions among her medical team regarding the wisest choice for her to make about surgery and treatment.

“The radiation specialist and my oncologist both said I was at high risk for developing cancer in the left breast, and they thought I should consider bilateral mastectomy (electing to have both breasts removed), partly because of my earlier experience with cancer.” [In her early 20’s Lorri was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease and went through radiation treatments at that time.] Meanwhile, her surgeon believed the double mastectomy might be unnecessary. Always a stickler for completely researching a topic, Lorri said to her physicians, “Don’t just tell me I’m ‘high risk’ – give me data.” The physicians’ research verified that Lorri had a 34% chance of cancer developing in her left breast.

“So I went back to my surgeon and said, ‘I know you don’t agree, because the left breast is healthy tissue, but it’s my decision.’” Lorri underwent the double mastectomy in June 2013, followed immediately by reconstructive surgery.

A complication arose: some lymph nodes not previously removed in the surgery had to be checked for cancer. “Because I’d already had my lifetime dose of radiation while in my 20’s, I couldn’t have radiation on the nodes, so I had to have a follow-up surgery. But only one node was cancerous and all the others were clean,” explains Lorri.

As a further precaution, she began chemotherapy in August 2013. “It was for prevention, and I had to pray about it. I needed affirmation, because it was a really big decision. And people began sharing their own stories with me, which helped me along the way.”

Lorri made it through some rough days by attending the Bosom Buddies support group for breast cancer patients, which are held monthly at Queen of the Valley’s Wellness Center. “Even before having my surgery, in just one meeting of Bosom Buddies I gathered so much useful information from other women who had finished or were in the middle of their breast cancer journey. From them I heard about and requested certain tests and questions to ask my doctors that I would not have considered. At each meeting there are 10 to 15 women who share their stories, their successes and their challenges.”

Once the surgeries and chemo were behind her, Lorri took full advantage of the many healing therapies offered by the Queen’s Cancer Wellness Program. “It was really wonderful. There are so many people there to help you through it. I had frequent sessions with physical therapist Britta Wallace and stress counselor Steve Wood, and they were an important part of my recovery.”

Now, more than a year past her last chemo treatment, Lorri continues to sing the praises of the Cancer Wellness Program. “This program got me back into a gym after many years and has forced me to take better care of my overall health. It has been instrumental in so many ways in helping me through my journey with breast cancer. And I love working out on the elliptical machine!”

Cancer Resource Center: Reports & Outcomes for the Public

2011 Annual Report - Focus on Lung Cancer
2012 Public Outcomes Annual Report - Focus on Prostate Cancer
2012 Annual Report – Focus on Prostate Cancer