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Sierra Nevada Cancer Center helps patients, opens Sparks location
by Aaron Retherford
May 22, 2013 | 2870 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy photo -- Dr. Jorge Perez (right) speaks with a patient during a recent visit at an SNCC location.
Courtesy photo -- Dr. Jorge Perez (right) speaks with a patient during a recent visit at an SNCC location.
Dr. Jorge Perez helped establish the Sierra Nevada Cancer Center (SNCC) in 2002 in order to provide patients with advanced cancer treatment that is private, convenient and close to home.

With four locations serving northern Nevadans — and soon to be a fifth in South Lake Tahoe — the SNCC cuts down on the number of patients needing to travel to the Bay Area or large hospitals for treatment.

The SNCC began in Carson City but now has treatment centers located in Fallon, Gardnerville and Sparks. Perez said they are planning on opening a treatment center in South Lake Tahoe this summer.

The Sparks treatment center opened earlier this year and is located at 2345 E. Prater Way, near the Northern Nevada Medical Center.

Each treatment center offers first-class amenities, including private rooms with plush chairs, big screen televisions and WiFi connection. Nurses monitor the patients throughout the patients’ visits, and complimentary beverages are provided to loved ones in a cozy waiting room.

“We wanted to be closer to patients’ homes so it’s easier for them to go to their doctor to have their treatment,” Perez said. “People with cancer can be pretty sick, so it will be hard for them to drive and get to places that are far.”

Perez, who has been working with cancer patients for about 15 years, completed a Medical Oncology and Hematology Fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He performed an Internal Medicine Residency at Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia and St. James’s University Hospital in Leeds, United Kingdom. Perez completed his Chemical Pathology Residency and Cellular Biochemistry PhD at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The majority of his patients are referred to Perez by their doctors. Perez is a recognized leader in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of cancers such as: breast, colon, kidney, liver, lung, pancreatic, prostate, leukemia and lymphoma.

Perez determines what treatment plan will be best for those patients, whether it’s surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of the three.

Perez originally thought this would be a job he would like to do and he could do well, dealing with patients’ unique problems.

“I like the interaction with the patient,” Perez said. “Absolutely, it’s rewarding.”
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