Oncology Care in Indian Country
For the Navajo Nation, community iseverything.
“If one of us is celebrating, we’re all there to celebrate…if one of us is sick, we’re all there to help our family out.”
—Jerrell Singer
Until recently, Navajos diagnosed with cancer had very little help. Or hope.

Although cancer is the second leading cause of death in Indian Country, the Indian Health Service does not provide cancer treatment; it only offers primary care. Which meant patients and their families had to make arduous trips over unpaved roads to medical centers hundreds of miles away.   On May 28, 2019, a delegation of leaders, including Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and Lynette Bonar, CEO of Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, marked a milestone moment: the opening of the first full time cancer care program on native land. It offers comprehensive oncology services and culturally sensitive support and navigation to Navajo and Hopi patients and caregivers.
To date, more than
1,000 patients
have been treated at the
House of Hope.

Funded in part by a gift from the Barbara Bradley Baekgaard Family Foundation to the Cancer Support Community, the cancer program at Tuba City is a collaboration between leaders of the Navajo Nation, CSC, the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, and Jeff and Brandy Tom have, two longtime advocates who helped establish the relationships that made this collaboration possible.
Tribal and health leaders visit the House of Hope. From left to right: Kim Thiboldeaux; Lynette Bonar; Joanie Hall, of the Barbara Bradley Baekgaard Family Foundation; Jill Biden, EdD; Phefelia Nez, First Lady of the Navajo Nation; Jonathan Nez; Christopher Curley, Chair of the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation Board of Directors.
We’re redefining cancer for the Navajo people, showing it is survivable. Where there’s treatment, there’s hope. 
Lynette Bonar, CEO, TCRHCC
Annual Report 2019-2020
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