Translating Innovative Science into Compassionate, Patient-Centric Care

Saint John’s Cancer Institute is renowned for advancing therapeutics, translational science, and establishing standards of care. We foster robust fellowship programs, implement and initiate clinical trials, and collaborate with academic and industry partners worldwide.

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Innovation Starts Here

Saint John’s Cancer Institute (SJCI) is a pioneer in drug discovery, therapeutics, clinical trials, and research. SJCI established the Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy under the late Dr. Donald L. Morton, which has become the standard of lymph node care for melanoma and breast cancer worldwide.

Today, our patients continue to have access to innovative treatments, therapeutics, and trials. We are at the forefront of understanding the biology of cancer as well as expanding treatment for under-served communities.

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Pancreas Cancer Awareness: Dr. Anton Bilchik, Chief of General Surgery, Director of Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Program and Research at Saint John’s Cancer Institute, Chronicles Pancreas Cancer.

“Management [of pancreatic cancer] requires a multi-disciplinary team…It’s no specialty alone that helps cure pancreas cancer.”

– Anton Bilchik, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, FACS

Listen to Dr. Bilchik describe the challenges of pancreas cancer.

BLOG & VIDEO (2:37): Hear from the Expert: Pancreatic Cancer Prevention

November is Pancreas Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness: Minimally Invasive, Robotic-assisted Bronchoscopy now available at Saint John’s Health Center

Nurse navigator of the lung screening program, Sara Belton, Ph. D, RN, describes the Ion robotic system by Intuitive Surgical Systems as, “a GPS for lung surgery.”

Learn More: Lung Cancer Survivor, Gary Bethel, and his wife Laura, share their lung screening experience and describe the surgery performed by Dr. Robert McKenna.

BLOG & VIDEO (8:04): Lifetime Smoker is Cancer Free after his Primary Care Physician Recommends New Lung Screening Program

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Actively Recruiting: New Precision Medicine Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Open

Dr. Parvin Peddi, Director of Breast Medical Oncology and Associate Professor of Medical Oncology, is the Principal Investigator in 4 New, Targeted Therapy Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer.

BLOG: New Precision Medicine Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Open, and Actively Recruiting.

Dr. Parvin Peddi, Director of Breast Medical Oncology at Margie Petersen Breast Cancer Center, specializes in breast cancer treatment and recently achieved the Super Doctors Southern California 2023 award.

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Actively Recruiting: White Button Mushroom Prostate Cancer Clinical Trial Open

A novel approach aimed at early prostate cancer progression – Saint John’s Cancer Institute is now enrolling patients for this trial.

“We have had prior evidence that it may have anti-cancer activity in patients with early-stage prostate cancer.”

– Przemyslaw Twardowski, M.D., Principal Investigator

Learn more about trial eligibility.

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What is it like to Participate in a Clinical Trial?

Mark Perzely was diagnosed with small-cell carcinoma—a rare and aggressive cancer that developed in his bladder.

“Once small-cell spreads, it won’t stop, and there are no approved treatments,” according to Mark’s video testimonial.

Read more about Mark’s story and listen to his outlook several years after the trial.

BLOG & VIDEO (5:43): What is it like to Participate in a Clinical Trial?

Mark Perzely, small-cell carcinoma survivor

A Legacy of Research Excellence

“He was ahead of his peers in anticipating the genetics era of cancer research, for decades he carefully maintained archival specimen resource for correlative translational studies.”

– Laura Morton Rowe, Chief Human Resources Officer, Saint John’s Health Center

Learn more about the Donald L. Morton Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship.

OVERVIEW & VIDEO (18:43): Learn more about the Donald L. Morton Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship.

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Fellowship Programs

Breast Surgical Oncology
Surgical Oncology
Neurosurgery
Translational Molecular Medicine
Urology

Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship

The Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute provides a diverse and comprehensive exposure to the multidisciplinary aspects of breast cancer care and benign breast disease over a one-year time period with a potential second year for continuation of clinical or basic science research.

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Donald L. Morton Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship

With a longstanding history of excellence in multidisciplinary cancer care and research, the Saint John’s Cancer Institute continues its legacy in surgical oncology through the Donald L. Morton Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship.

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Neurosurgical Fellowship

This training program focuses on endonasal endoscopic and keyhole surgical approaches, neuro-endoscopy, pituitary tumor management and multimodality neuro-oncology treatments.

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Postdoctoral Lab-Based Translational Molecular Medicine Fellowship

As pioneers in translational studies on “liquid biopsies” involving circulating tumor cells in multiple types of solid tumors, the fellowship program also consists of studying epigenetic mechanisms regulating solid tumor as well as pharmacogenomics and immunogenomic based prediction of response to therapy.

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Urologic Oncology Fellowship

Providing world class, multidisciplinary training in genitourinary malignancies and urologic oncology research with innovative and cutting edge technology.

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Saint John’s Health Center

Best Regional Hospitals - Los Angeles Metro - Recognized in 17 Types of Care - U.S. News 2022- 2023

High Performing Hospitals - Colon Cancer Surgery - US News 2022-2023 High Performing Hospitals - Lung Cancer Surgery - US News 2022-2023 High Performing Hospitals - Neurology & Neurosurgery - US News 2022-2023 High Performing Hospitals - Prostate Cancer Surgery - US News 2022-2023 High Performing Hospitals - Pulmonology & Lung Surgery - US News 2022-2023 High Performing Hospitals - Uterine Cancer Surgery - US News 2022-2023

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