Oscar De La Hoya (left), sister Cecy and brother Joel at the
Cancer Center's dedication April 12, 2000, with a portrait of
their mother, for whom the Center is named. The portrait hangs in
the Center's entryway.
Cancer! It's a disease none of us wants to encounter.
In the past, a cancer diagnosis often meant no hope for recovery.
Today, however, thanks to advanced medical technology and
medication, there is more hope for those diagnosed with cancer.
In fact, early detection can often result in treatment that leads
At White Memorial Medical Center, our ability to meet our
community's needs has improved dramatically, with the opening of
the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center.
The Cancer Center features state-of-the-art equipment that
provides advanced treatment to tumors in all sites of the body,
to the communities east of downtown Los Angeles. The Cancer
Center is located on the White Memorial campus on 1720 Cesar E.
Named after the mother of boxing sensation and local hero Oscar
De La Hoya, the Center features the latest medical technology and
facilities to help cancer patients get a second chance at life
and eradicate their tumor.
Treatment Planning Area
Using advanced imaging technology, caregivers use PET/CT, MRI,
and CT planning to determine how to best deliver/focus radiation
therapy to the patient. The treatment planning system
reconstructs the patient's anatomy and tumor volume, allowing
more precise delivery of radiation treatment.
This reduces any immediate or long-term side effects to the
Before radiation therapy takes place, a simulator is used to help
the physician localize a cancer patient's radiation treatment
area, where the tumor is located. This allows the exact treatment
area of the cancer patient's body to be identified, in
preparation for actual radiation therapy. The physician localizes
the treatment area through the simulator, using X-ray and
fluoroscopy, a type of X-ray that remains visible on a computer
screen for an extended period of time.
The simulator is capable of rotating around the patient's body.
After localizing the treatment area, the patient's skin is
marked, identifying the area that will receive radiation
This technologically advanced equipment provides patients with
the actual radiation therapy. White Memorial's linear accelerator
is among the most powerful and advanced equipment available in
Library/Community Resource Center
The Library/Community Resource Center at the Cancer Center is
available for use to anyone in the community. It features a
variety of videos, books, brochures and booklets that offer a
wealth of facts in English and Spanish on many cancer-related
topics. These include education, cancer prevention, nutrition,
specific cancer type information, breast cancer detection and
internet cancer research. The Community Resource Center also
provides wigs and hat information, makeup information for
patients and cancer support resources.
Patient Conference Room
The Conference Room is an important part of the Cancer Center.
This room is the site where treatment planning occurs, and where
the radiation therapist, radiation oncologist and others often
meet to discuss all aspects of a patient's cancer treatment. In
this room, community residents also take part in many of our
education and outreach programs. They include meetings of support
groups, such as our free Latina Breast Cancer Support Group,
conducted in Spanish. During these meetings, participants gain
emotional support and knowledge by sharing their challenges,
fears and concerns. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker moderates
the support group, and serves as an informational resource. The
Conference Room is also an area where doctors can review patient
As you can see, the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center at
White Memorial provides a wide range of services that meet our
community's cancer treatment needs. The Center features
Spanish-speaking staff. It accepts most health plans, including
To reach the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center at White
Memorial, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons
Commission on Cancer, please call (323) 260-5825.