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American Council of Surgeons Commission on Cancer approves cancer program

American Council of Surgeons Commission on Cancer approves cancer program

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Hospital news

For more information, contact: Larry Blanc

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted approval to the cancer program at St. Anthony Hospital.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1932, the approvals program sets standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to make sure they conform to those standards. Recognizing that cancer is a complex group of diseases, the program promotes consultation among surgeons, oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists.

This multi-disciplinary cooperation results in improved patient care, said Gloria Larson, St. Anthony Hospital Vice President of Patient Care Services. There are about 1,400 Commission on Cancer approved sites in the United States, about 25 percent of all hospitals. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 1,368,030 cases of cancer will be have been diagnosed in 2004.

"This is an important designation for St. Anthony Hospital," Larson said.

The hospital's program is overseen by a local Cancer Committee, which monitors the quality of our entire program, the cancer registry, clinic and educational community outreach efforts, Larson said. The St. Anthony Hospital Cancer Clinic opened last August. Two oncologists from St. Mary Medical Center see patients at the clinic each Wednesday by appointment.

Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-approved site ensures that a patient will have access to quality care close to home; comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options and information about cancer clinical trials, education and support.

"This is a real feather in your cap," said William Chase, M.D., a commission member who came from New Hampshire to St. Anthony Hospital last October to be part of the review. "I'm really impressed," he said. "You've got a lot of things going on in this program."

For more information or to schedule an appointment at the St. Anthony Hospital Cancer Clinic please call 541.966.0580.