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Radiation oncology accreditation indicates highest standards
September 11, 2012

GOSHEN, Ind. – The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) awarded accreditation to IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care. The ACR-ASTRO seal of accreditation represents the highest attainable level of quality and patient safety for the Center’s radiation oncology program.

“With this accreditation, patients can feel assured that we’re meeting or exceeding all of the national standards for every aspect of radiation delivery and that we have implemented the best patient care procedures available to date,” says IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care’s Director of Radiation Oncology James Wheeler, M.D., Ph.D. “We sought this accreditation because we know it’s hard to see one’s own flaws, so we thought it best to receive a third-party assessment of our program.”

The ACR-ASTRO accreditation is awarded only to facilities meeting specific practice guidelines and technical standards following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologist and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. Goshen offers the most modern radiology therapies available, including TomoTherapy, PET/CT directed radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, and brachytherapy.

Radiation therapy uses energy to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation injures or destroys cells in the area being treated by damaging their genetic material, making it impossible for them to grow and divide. Radiation therapy can also be used before surgery to shrink a tumor, after surgery to help prevent a cancer from returning, or to treat pain caused by cancer.

About IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care:
IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care is a nationally recognized, award-winning leader in innovative cancer treatment. The Center pioneered the collaborative, patient-centered approach to cancer care in this region and continues to excel in this integrated approach. IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care provides medical, radiation, nuclear, surgical, and naturopathic oncology, and clinical treatment is combined with care from specially trained dietitians and counselors. The Center places a premium on family involvement and spiritual needs, encouraging patients to play a decision-making role in treatment selection. The Survivor Network helps to coordinate the process from admission through recovery. IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care is involved in, and sponsors, a number of clinical trials. To find out more, call 866-561-4673.

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