University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Enhanced Services

In addition to the traditional patient care services offered at the Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Hospital, the following enhanced services are available. For general information or to schedule an appointment, please call (800) USC-CARE.

Bone Marrow Transplantation
The USC Norris Bone Marrow Transplantation Program offers autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation for patients with lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, breast cancer, multiple myeloma, leukemia and selected cases of ovarian cancer and other solid tumors. In addition, allogeneic bone marrow (stem cell) transplantation is being offered to patients with acute and chronic leukemia and selected cases of lymphomas and other disorders.

Cancer Genetics
The Cancer Genetics Unit at USC Norris includes a genetic counselor and a team of cancer specialists who provide genetic counseling for hereditary cancer and offer genetic testing for familial breast, ovarian and colorectal cancers. The team at the Cancer Center Genetics Unit provides genetic counseling and cancer risk assessment for individuals from high-risk families, patients who have been diagnosed with cancer at a young age or at multiple sites and others who may be at high risk because of their ethnic backgrounds. Individuals who wish to inquire about an appointment may call (323) 865-0800.

CyberKnife
In 2002, USC Norris Cancer Hospital installed the CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System, which was one of the first of its kind at the time in the Los Angeles area. The CyberKnife uses robotic technology and advanced image-guidance to track and destroy small lesions through the delivery of large doses of targeted radiation. Since there is no open incision or invasive frame with the CyberKnife, patients can experience improved comfort, shorter hospital stays, fewer visits to the hospital, less pain and blood loss, no incisions and no sedation during treatment. In addition, since the CyberKnife procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis, there is shorter recovery time.

Image Enhancement
USC Norris' Image Enhancement Center is designed to help patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation cope with any alterations in their appearance that may result from the treatment, including hair loss and changes in complexion. Both men and women receive support for cosmetic and physical challenges through education and the availability of specialized products. The center's specially trained staff provides the techniques and encouragement necessary to help patients maintain a positive self-image in their everyday lives. It is located on the first floor of the USC Norris Cancer Hospital.

Men's Health
The Donald G. Skinner, M.D., Men's Health Center at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital focuses on cancers specific to men. The center's staff members endeavor to better understand, diagnose and treat male cancers by integrating patient care, research, prevention and education. Cancer treatment focuses on cancers of the prostate, bladder, kidney, testicle and skin.

Women's Health
The Harold E. and Henrietta C. Lee Women's Health Center at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital aims to advance the understanding and care of cancer specific to women and the ability to diagnose and treat it by integrating patient care, research, prevention and education. Cancer treatment focuses on breast cancer, gynecologic oncology (endometrial, ovarian and cervical cancer) and genitourinary oncology (kidney and bladder). Medical genetics services are also available.