CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center Earns National Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
August 03, 2017
The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation to the cancer program at CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center. This is the 28th consecutive year that the CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center has been granted this accreditation. 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, CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center 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 CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center team is proud to be accredited by the Commission on Cancer for 28 consecutive years. We know the importance of comprehensive quality care for our center, but most importantly for our patients,” Dr. Christopher Snead, hematologist/oncologist at the CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center and Cancer Committee Chairperson for the CoC, said. The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center to improve its quality of patient care through various 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.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2016. 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.