IU Health Cancer Programs Earn Commission on Cancer Accreditation
An IU Health Release
INDIANAPOLIS –The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer programs at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital and the IU Simon Cancer Center.
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) was established in 1922 as a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting in all areas of the cancer program. Accredited facilities voluntarily commit to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and must undergo a rigorous evaluation process and an on-site review every three years.
Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:
- Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
- A multispecialty, team approach to coordinate comprehensive treatment plans and lifelong patient follow-up
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
- Access to cancer-related information, education and support
- A cancer registry that collects date on type and stage of cancers and treatment results
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
Accredited facilities report cancer patient data to the National Cancer Data Base, a program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. The data case currently contains patient demographics, tumor characteristics, treatment and outcomes information for nearly 28 million cancer patients diagnosed and treated in the U.S. between 1985 and 2004. This accounts for about two-thirds of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the U.S. each year.
This data is regularly used for research, to monitor and improve the quality of care delivered in accredited facilities, and to create and update educational interventions in the community.
For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit www.facs.org/cancer/index.html.
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