Citizens receives cancer program re-accreditation
By FROM NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 8, 2010 at 6:08 a.m.
WHAT DOES HAVING AN ACCREDITED CANCER PROGRAM MEAN FOR VICTORIA?
State-of-the-art services and equipment.
A multi-specialty team to coordinate the best treatment options.
Ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.
Access to cancer-related information, education and support.
Local cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up.
Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
Quality care close to home.
Citizens Medical Center's cancer program has been re-accredited for three years.
The Commission on Cancer re-accredited the center for compliance of 36 standards such as leadership, clinical services, research and quality improvement.
"Having a Commission on Cancer approved cancer facility in Victoria ensures area cancer patients get quality treatment from a multispecialty team and that they can get access to information about studies or trials for new therapies," said Dr. Matthew T. Janzow, the hospital's cancer liaison physician.
The program has been accredited since 1988 and sponsors community education projects such as Walk for Hope, a prostate cancer breakfast and luncheon and annual colon and skin cancer programs.
More than 1,400 cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico have been accredited through the commission, which represents about 25 percent of the hospitals of all the hospitals in both countries.