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Cancer Care Services
Cancer treatment involves specialists working as a team to carry out the designed course of therapy. The hospital is a member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), and maintains a
collaboration agreement with the American Cancer Society, and in December 2009 the cancer program received the Accreditation Award, 3 years with Commendation by the American College of Surgeon's Commission on Cancer (CoC). The Accreditation Program sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure all standards are met. Only those facilities that voluntarily commit to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process with review of their performance can earn this accreditation. To maintain the accreditation as a CoC-accredited cancer program, an on-site review must be performed every three years. There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico that represent close to 25 percent of all hospitals. This 25 percent of hospitals diagnose and/or treat 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. The following areas of service are included in the cancer program: Diagnostic, Surgical, Radiation, and Medical Oncology Treatment, Cancer Support meetings, patient education and prevention programs, and community resources.
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 the best treatment options
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
- Access to cancer-related information, education, and support
- 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
- Quality care close to home.
Cancer patient data by a CoC-accredited cancer program are reported to the CoC's National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint CoC/American Cancer Society program. The NCDB currently contains patient demographics, tumor characteristics, and treatment and outcomes information for more than 18 million cancer patients diagnosed and treated at hospital cancer programs in the US between 1985 and 2004. These data account for two-thirds of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the US each year. This data is regularly used to monitor and improve the quality of patient care delivered in CoC-accredited cancer programs.
Cancer Fatigue Study 11-18-14
2014 QI Study on IMRT Procedures
2014 Cancer Program Quality Improvements
Clinical Trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease. People who take part in cancer clinical trials have an opportunity to contribute to the knowledge of, and progress against cancer. They also receive up-to-date care from experts. – National Cancer Institute (NCI) 1-800-4-Cancer.
- Please note that eligibility for clinical trials is a highly selective process and dependent on each patient’s diagnosis for malignancy. Most patients are not candidates for protocols because their disease may not fit the criteria. If you think you may be a candidate for a scientific protocol, please discuss options with your Oncologist.
- Additional information is available through the American Cancer Society: 1-800-ACS-2345. www.cancer.org
Laughlin Memorial Hospital and the American Cancer Society sponsor the monthly Cancer Support Group. Group meetings are held the first Monday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Meetings are conducted in the Private Dining room which is located adjacent to the cafeteria on the first floor. The meeting is open to cancer patients and their caregivers.
Abby Cole Keller is the group facilitator and the hospital coordinator is Susan Price. For more information Ms. Price can be reached at (423) 787-5026.
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Road to Recovery Transportation Program
The American Cancer Society is delighted to provide you with Road to Recovery services. Road To Recovery is a volunteer driven service that assists patients in need of transportation to and from their cancer treatments. For more information click HERE.