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Cancer Program Receives High Marks August 2, 2006

University Health Care System's Cancer Program has received a three-year approval with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. A facility receives a three-year approval with commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor.

During the survey, a facility must demonstrates a commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement).

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 40 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer approved cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to the following:

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • A multi-specialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to cancer-related information, education and support
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatments results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • Quality care close to home
University would like to thank Cheryl Wheeler, Oncology Data Center coordinator, and Michael Shlaer, M.D., chairman of the Cancer Committee at the time of the survey and for three years prior, for their instrumental roles in this approval with commendation.
  
     
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