Citizens Medical Center's cancer center receives 3-year accreditation

March 1, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 28, 2014 at 9:01 p.m.

Comprehensive Program continues to provide the very best in cancer treatment to Victoria.

Citizens Medical Center's Cancer Program received notification that it has once again been granted three-year accreditation with commendation from the The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

To earn voluntary accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 commission quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-year accreditation with commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its three-year survey.

Citizens Medical Center's Cancer Program has been accredited since 1988. It is the only commission-accredited program in the Golden Crescent.

Because it is a commission-accredited cancer center, Citizens Medical Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among various specialists through twice monthly Tumor Board and Breast Cancer Treatment Planning conferences. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.

"Cancer is never a diagnosis easy to navigate, but at least in the Victoria Crossroads, patients and families can have care and support from local professionals at Citizens Medical Center. Our advanced technology, coupled with our cancer team of oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, radiation therapists, pathologists, palliative care physicians, and nurses are here to move patients caringly through the process," said C. Leilani Valdes, M.D., F.C.A.P., pathologist, and Citizens Medical Center Cancer Committee Chair.

Receiving care at a CoC-approved cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:

. 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

. A multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options through Tumor Board meetings and Breast Cancer Treatment Planning Conferences

. Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

. Access to patient-centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan

. A 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

And most importantly,

. Quality care close to home.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer would be diagnosed in 2013. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-approved cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing close to 30 percent of all hospitals. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients. 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.



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