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Lake Regional Cancer Center Earns National Accreditation with Commendation

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at Lake Regional Cancer Center.

"National re-accreditation of our cancer program affirms the high level of comprehensive cancer care available at Lake Regional," said Michael E. Henze, chief executive officer at Lake Regional Health System. "Our expert team of physicians, nurses and support staff work continuously to ensure our patients receive the best care."

To earn voluntary Commission on Cancer accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed the Commission on Cancer 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 awarded only to facilities that exceed standard requirements at the time of their surveys.

Because it is an accredited center, Lake Regional Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases. Patients benefit from having a team of providers that include surgeons; medical and radiation oncologists; diagnostic radiologists; pathologists; and other cancer specialists.

The Commission on Cancer Accreditation Program provides the framework for Lake Regional 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 follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care. When patients receive care at a Commission on Cancer 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 Commission on Cancer-accredited facilities, Lake Regional Cancer Center maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base, a joint program of the Commission on Cancer and American Cancer Society. 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 National Cancer Data Base and used to explore trends in cancer care. Commission on Cancer-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 Commission on Cancer facilities with their quality improvement efforts.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer 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 more information, visit www.facs.org/cancer.

Lake Regional Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer care close to home for lake-area residents. The center offers a range of services to treat the whole person — not just the disease. These services include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, nutrition therapy, palliative care, support groups and educational classes. Lake Regional Cancer Center treats many types of cancer, including bladder, breast, colon, lung, lymphoma and prostate cancers. To learn more, visit www.lakeregional.com/cancer.

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