Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Community Outreach and Research Programs

VGPCCPIC1The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare is recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons for its free community outreach programs.  “We hold these events to educate and benefit our community,” said Nancy McCutcheon, Community Outreach Program at Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center.  A leader in personalized care and translational medicine, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare is the Valley’s first comprehensive cancer center to offer cancer treatment, diagnosis, prevention and support services, along with research through Phase I clinical trials in collaboration with leading community physicians and scientific and academic researchers.

More than a decade ago, locals had to drive to Tucson for a comprehensive cancer center. So when the $25 million center opened in December 2001, the answer was a loose affiliation of community doctors dedicated to advancing oncology treatment that would serve people in Scottsdale and the rest of metro Phoenix.

The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare is known throughout the southwest for its commitment to providing personalized care and its innovative combination of community oncology services, academic medicine and genomic research. The Piper Cancer Center has become an international destination for its treatment in areas of pancreatic and basal-cell cancers.

Scottsdale Healthcare’s cancer program holds Accreditation with Commendation status from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Included in the accreditation are the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center.

Accreditation with Commendation is awarded to top cancer programs demonstrating the highest levels of cancer clinical services, research, community outreach, quality improvement, leadership and data management.

Scottsdale Healthcare’s accreditation ensures that patients with cancer will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care including state-of-the-art services and equipment;
  • A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options;
  • 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;
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care; and most importantly,
  • Quality care closer to home.

This unique treatment and research center provides special areas of cancer expertise that generally are not available in a community hospital cancer program setting.

Dedicated Dec. 6, 2001, The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center is a clinical research site for TGen and home to the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute. The institute coordinates the delivery of care with collaborators such as Arizona Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control researchers and nursing research chairs from Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.

The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center includes the Diane and Bruce Halle Clinical Pavilion and the adjoining Debi and Jerry Bisgrove Research Pavilion. Connecting these two buildings is an enclosed pedestrian bridge that symbolizes the center’s theme of “Building the Bridge Between Care and Cure.” The clinical building embraces the holistic care that helps those who have cancer cope with the disease. It represents the gift of healing.

The Research Pavilion promises the scientific quest for the prevention and cure of cancer. It represents the gift of hope.

By combining the art of healing with the science of biomedical research, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center is dedicated to all the courageous people who are fighting cancer. We are honored to join the fight, and pledge to provide the personalized care our patients deserve.