Cottage Health System provides comprehensive services across the continuum of cancer care, from prevention and early detection to cancer treatment and management. Our Cancer Program offers state-of-the art diagnostic and treatment technologies, specialized expertise, and a caring, personal approach to patient care right here in Santa Barbara.


Our patients are cared for by a cancer team made up of physicians and clinicians from medical and radiation oncology and specialists from diagnostic radiology, surgery, urology, gynecology, and nuclear medicine. To ensure the continuity of care for our patients, Cottage also works with other cancer treatment programs in the area including the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Sansum Clinic, and area physicians. Our success rates consistently meet or exceed national standards.


Top Level of Care

Since 1976, the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) has recognized Cottage's commitment to the treatment of cancer, accrediting Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital's program for the quality of its services as a teaching hospital cancer program. We are very proud to be among the 25% of cancer programs in the United States that are ACOS-accredited. As an ACOS-accredited cancer program, Cottage has access to national cancer information and the ability to collect and compare the treatment results of Cottage patients with those of patients at other cancer centers. It also enables the hospital's cancer team members and staff physicans the ability to increase their knowledge of new diagnostic techniques and treatments of cancer and constantly improve the scope and quality of care offered to our patients.


The Breast Program, designated as a breast care center “without walls,” went through its inaugural survey in 2010 and received accreditation as the Santa Barbara Breast Care Alliance (SBBCA) by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), an accrediting division of the American College of Surgeons. This program may serve as a model for future organ-specific Cancer Programs under the umbrella of the overall Cancer Program


Palliative Care

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital's services include Palliative Care, which is focused on relieving pain, symptoms and stress of a serious illness. To this, the Cancer Program recently added “Beyond the Final Breath: Nursing Care at the Time of Death” as part of the high level of care that is a hallmark of our Cancer Program. The program establishes a process to ease the transition for those who are present during the profound juncture of life and death. Learn more about the program here >>


Cottage Health System has an active research program. Cottage physicians participate in research organized by the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and work with adult and pediatric patients to administer study protocols. Our research provides patients access to the latest medications and new study protocols. Our Cancer Data Center collects, manages, and analyzes the hospital's cancer protolocls, under the guidance of a multi-disciplinary Cancer Committee.


Complementary Therapies

Cottage's team of doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, physical therapists, and clergy recognizes the diversity and uniqueness of every person, especially those who are facing cancer. We are committed to offering support and comfort to the body, the mind, and the spirit. If you participate in other modalities and complementary therapies we encourage you to be open with your physician about these therapies and discuss them with your caregivers.