Manderson Cancer Center Earns National Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

The Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center at DCH Regional Medical Center has been awarded its third three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. This is the highest level of approval granted by the organization.
To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, the Manderson Cancer Center had to exceed on 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through an on-site evaluation process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.
“As a CoC-accredited cancer center, the Manderson Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer,” said Donna Marrero, vice president of outpatient and ancillary services for the DCH Health System. “We believe treating cancer requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists.”
The CoC accreditation program provides the framework for the Manderson Cancer Center to improve its quality of patient care through 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.
Patients 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, Marrero said.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, the Manderson Cancer Center maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base, a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. The Manderson Cancer Center also is affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Network(r), a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. CoC approval is one of the prerequisites for certified membership in the network. The certified member program is a quality management and best-practices program that seeks to improve cancer care in a community by providing evidence-based guidelines to local hospitals in the United States.
“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,” Marrero said. 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. Its membership includes
Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.
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