In a recent report published by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Yuma County’s cancer mortality rate was among the lowest in the Grand Canyon State from 2016 to 2020. The addition of Yuma Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Center in 2014, recruitment of high-quality specialists and the hospital’s increased clinical research trials directly contributed to the lower mortality rate in Yuma County.
From 2016 to 2020, Yuma County’s 114 deaths per 100,000 individuals were well below the state mortality rate of 131.8 per 100,000.
“Everyone in YRMC’s Cancer Center program provides our patients with high-quality, comprehensive care every day. At YRMC, we have disease-specific specialists who not only treat our patients as if they are family, but also work tirelessly to provide some of the best cancer treatment in the state,” said Dr. Abhinav Chandra, medical director of the YRMC Cancer Center. “This type of recognition gives us great satisfaction and grows confidence in our community that they can access top-notch, compassionate cancer care here at home.”
Since opening the Cancer Center in 2014, YRMC’s cancer treatment rose through the ranks, joining the best in the state. With new facilities in place, the hospital increased the recruitment of high-quality cancer specialists who aligned with the program’s mission, allowing YRMC to participate in more clinical research trials.
“The Cancer Center is a hospital within a hospital, and because of that, we partner with a lot of players to provide the comprehensive care we’re known for,” said Dr. Chandra. “From the pharmacy lab to surgical services, as well as interventional radiology and radiation oncology, we make sure all the services our patients need are available and offer holistic support along each and every patients’ journey.”
Yuma County was also rated among the lowest for lung and bronchus, colorectal, pancreatic, prostate, melanoma and female breast cancer incidence and mortality rates across the state.
For more information on the Cancer Center and the services they provide please visit yumaregional.org/Medical-Services/Cancer-Care