Ridley-Tree Cancer Center

A New Era in Cancer Treatment

Important Provider & Location Information

When the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center opens its doors on Monday, September 18, a dream launched by the trustees of the Cancer Center almost 20 years ago and built with extraordinary support from our community will become a reality. Ridley-Tree Cancer Center has been designed to serve the entire region with expanded capacity and the most state-of-the-art technology found anywhere on the Central Coast. Our offices in Solvang and Lompoc, which provide patients in mid-Santa Barbara County with access to all the treatment and care that Ridley-Tree Cancer Center offers, will also bear the new name and logo. 

From architects and philanthropists to physicians and steel workers, it takes a village to turn a decades-long dream of a new regional Cancer Center into reality. We are grateful to our “village” – which includes our trustees, steering committee, volunteers, physicians, staff, patients and our many generous donors. 

Sansum Clinic and the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara (our fundraising partner dedicated to supporting our oncology programs and services) worked seamlessly to develop the project. Designed to blend in with the craftsman-style bungalows that surround the Oak Park neighborhood, the three-story, 54,780 square-foot medical center will bring all members of our Santa Barbara oncology team to a single, convenient location where patients can access all aspects of multi-disciplinary care including medical oncology and hematology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, clinical research, genetic counseling, patient navigation, nutrition, social work services, resource library, wellness and community outreach. 

Once open, the existing building at 540 West Pueblo Street will become a half-acre Healing Garden, while the radiation oncology space in Cottage Hospital will be used by nuclear medicine, and the medical oncology department on the second floor at Sansum’s Clinic at 317 West Pueblo Street will be repurposed into additional clinic space for us to grow. The Wolf Education and Training Center and six craftsman style apartments on Junipero Street will be finished by early 2018 to complete the campus. 

The Campaign for Our New Cancer Center continues to make steady progress. As of today, Sansum Clinic and the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara have raised gifts and pledges in excess of $47 million toward the $53 million cost of the new Ridley-Tree Cancer Center. 

The Ridley-Tree Name

There’s a reason behind why our oncology operations will now be called the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, and that is Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree. Lady Ridley-Tree is a tireless supporter of many causes important to our community. She has put her resources to work to make Santa Barbara a community where every life can be enriched and lived well. It is common for cancer centers to bear the name of the person or family who made the most significant gift to the institution at the time. We are proud that our name is synonymous with Lady Ridley-Tree’s. Despite the name being different, the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center is still part of Sansum Clinic; similar to how the Jules Stein Eye Institute is part of Ophthalmology at UCLA.  

Our Logo

It’s a tree. It’s a shoot. It symbolizes the start of something strong and beautiful. A new life. A healthy emergence. Delivered with the warmth and caring of our Ridley-Tree Cancer Center family. 

Grand Opening Donor Appreciation Events

We will hold two grand opening events to thank the hundreds of donors who contributed to the Campaign for Our New Cancer Center, on September 13 & 14. These are private events to give donors a sneak peek at all they have helped make possible.

Public Tours

We will invite the community for public tours of the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center in 2018 once the Wolf Education and Training Center and the Healing Garden are complete.  We hope you will bring your family and friends to see it.

What Some Community Leaders Have to Say about Our New Cancer Center


“Offering world-class care in our own community is so important. There is a comfort in that which helps the healing process,”
Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Honorary Campaign Chair.
 
“How wonderful it is for patients in our community to have the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara. Everything a patient needs to get through cancer is offered here. It’s just all right here, and now it will be offered in one modern facility,” said Anne Towbes, Cancer Center supporter since 2002.

“If you look at other communities the size of Santa Barbara, you won’t find a Cancer Center similar to ours. The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara is a true treasure and I am proud to support it,” said Vicki Hazard, Campaign Steering Committee, Chair; Sansum Clinic Trustee; and Cancer Foundation Trustee.

“The new Cancer Center will ensure a world-class experience to people who are going through one of the most challenging issues of their lives. We will have the most advanced technology available, right here in Santa Barbara, close to home – and that will be life saving,” said Janet Garufis, Chair, Sansum Clinic Board of Trustees.

More About Our New Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Campus

Here are some highlights of what is new:

Two state-of-the-art radiation treatment machines – Elekta Versa High Definition™ Linear Accelerators. These machines enable highly sophisticated treatment while reducing treatment times, and can be found at world-class cancer centers including MD Anderson, UCSF and Johns Hopkins.

Chemotherapy infusion suites
- offering patients the choice of receiving treatment in private, semi-private or more social areas. Floor-to-ceiling windows are available for many of the bays with panoramic views of the Mesa and the Santa Ynez Mountains.

Two surgical oncology procedure rooms - eliminating the need for patients to go to a separate medical facility to meet with surgeons or have minor procedures.

Research division - partnering with US Oncology Research Network, Translational Research in Oncology (TRIO-US), leading pharmaceutical companies and universities to access clinical trials that deliver the best treatments science has to offer.

Patient support and integrative services
- including patient navigation, genetic counseling, oncology nutrition, oncology social work services, music therapy, wellness and community outreach, and a cancer resource library.

Music Therapy Program – We are excited to introduce the Elly Nadel Music Therapy program, which will provide music therapy services and support to cancer patients, family members and loved ones in a way that meets various needs on the physical, social, emotional, spiritual or other aspects of each individual in a one-on-one or group setting.  

Healing Garden - this half-acre space will provide a serene area for patients, families, caregivers and staff, with a spacious lawn and patio surrounded by shaded walking paths, benches and native landscaping.

The Wolf Education and Training Center - an 80-seat, theater-style center for continuing education of physicians, nurses and the community.

Rooftop patio - this outdoor space will provide a comfortable area for patients and family members to relax in between appointments.

Expanded capacity - to handle the continued increase in patient volume that the Cancer Center has experienced since 2012 as baby boomers reach age 67, the average age of our cancer patients.



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