Amazon is the latest employer to contract with Duarte, Calif.-based cancer treatment center City of Hope to offer its workers an array of cancer support services.
The partnership allows Amazon employees to request a review of their diagnosis and treatment plan from City of Hope specialists, who may recommend improvements to the plan if appropriate. Amazon employees may also travel to City of Hope for an in-person evaluation, according to the cancer center's announcement Tuesday.
Workers can call a cancer support phone line staffed by oncology nurses who will answer questions about treatment or provide emotional support. Through its accountable precision oncology program, City of Hope said it will also support the care of patients with complex cancers by engaging their local oncologists to offer recommendations for genetic testing and targeted therapies and accurately interpret test results.
City of Hope offers cancer support services to more than 20 employers, according to a spokeswoman. The services are meant to help improve quality of life and health outcomes and reduce unnecessary spending.
"Cancer can affect anyone no matter where they live, but not everyone lives geographically close to a comprehensive cancer center that can give them the best chance for survival," Dr. Harlan Levine, City of Hope's president of strategy and business ventures, said in a statement. "We are always thinking about practical ways to provide best-in-class care, and we are excited to partner with Amazon on this important initiative designed to provide expertise to cancer patients and their treating physicians so the right care is delivered at the right time in patients' own communities."
Amazon, which declined to comment beyond the press release, employs more than 275,000 people in the U.S.
"We believe that it's critical to provide our employees with a comprehensive cancer care program—from real-time support to second opinions and treatment planning," Dene Sparrman, Amazon's director of global benefits, said in the announcement.