The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College
of Surgeons, has granted a three-year accreditation to the cancer program
at Methodist Hospital in Henderson, KY, a member of the University of
Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network, the only National Cancer
Institute-designated cancer center in the Commonwealth. To earn voluntary
CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards,
be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels
of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.
Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Methodist Hospital takes
a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of
diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation
oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists.
This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Methodist Hospital
to improve its quality of patient care through cancer-related programs
that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early
diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long
follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care. When patients receive
care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical
trials and new treatments, genetic counseling and patient centered services
including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process and a survivorship
care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve
cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Methodist Hospital maintains a cancer
registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB),
a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide
oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in
the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through
the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer
centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of
data analysis, which is used to create national, regional and state benchmark
reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million cases
of cancer will be diagnosed in 2017. There are currently more than 1,500
CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. CoC-accredited
facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed
patients with cancer. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally
at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive,
state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public
with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience
for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a
consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient
outcomes 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. For more information, visit: www.facs.org/cancer.
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