What does Commission on Cancer accreditation mean?
With accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC) in 2013, Tanner Cancer Care became one of the top cancer treatment programs in the nation. The accreditation furthers the credibility of the patient-centered care approach pursued by Tanner Cancer Care and certifies that the program’s patients will benefit from the expertise of an entire team of cancer specialists.
To achieve the three-year Commission on Cancer accreditation, Tanner Cancer Care had to meet or exceed 34 quality care standards required by the commission and demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer.
The Commission on Cancer’s accreditation program provides the framework for treatment providers like Tanner Cancer Care to improve patient care through programs that focus on the full spectrum of treating cancer, including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatments, rehabilitation, life-long followup for recurrent disease and end-of-life care.
More than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients are treated in one of the more than 1,500 Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer programs available nationwide. Only about 30 percent of cancer treatment facilities nationwide have earned the Commission on Cancer’s accreditation.
The accreditation also ensures that patients receiving care at accredited facilities have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling and patient-centered services, like patient navigation services, survivorship care and more.
Like all Commission on Cancer-accredited facilities, Tanner Cancer Care maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Database. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.
How Tanner Cancer Care earned accreditation
To receive accreditation, Tanner Cancer Care had to demonstrate adherence to the five elements that are key to the success of a CoC-accredited cancer program: 1) the clinical services provide state-of-the-art pretreatment evaluation, staging, treatment and clinical follow-up for cancer patients seen at the facility for primary, secondary, tertiary or end-of-life care; 2) the cancer committee leads the program through setting goals, monitoring activity, evaluating patient outcomes and improving care; 3) the cancer conferences provide a forum for patient consultation and contribute to physician education; 4) the quality improvement program is the mechanism for evaluating and improving patient outcomes; and 5) the cancer registry and database is the basis for monitoring the quality of care.
About the Commission on Cancer
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. More information about the Commission on Cancer is available online at www.facs.org/cancer.