The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS)
with Commendation to the cancer program at Lake Charles Memorial Health System. To earn voluntary
CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 CoC 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 triennial survey.
"Because we are a CoC-accredited cancer center, Memorial takes a multidisciplinary
approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires
consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic
radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists," says Dr.
James Maze, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology Program at Memorial.
"This multidisciplinary partnership is a benefit to our patients
because it improves patient care."
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Memorial's
Cancer Center to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related
programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention,
early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long
followup for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. When patients receive
care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical
trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services
including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship
care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve
cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Memorial maintains a cancer registry
and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint
program of the CoC and American Cancer Society (ACS). This nationwide
oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in
the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through
the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer
centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of
data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark
reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement
efforts. Find out more about Lake Charles Memorial's Cancer Center at
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium
of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes
and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention,
research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.
Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. For
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