The Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Commission on Cancer approval is given only to those institutions that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of its performance. To maintain approval, institutions with approved cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.
UConn Health first won Commission on Cancer approval in 1977 and has maintained that status ever since.
According to the Commission on Cancer, patients receiving care at an approved cancer program are ensured 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.
What Is an Approved Cancer Program?
Hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities are approved according to standards set by the Committee on Approvals of the Commission on Cancer.
The structure outlined in Standards of the Commission on Cancer Volume I: Cancer Program Standards ensures that each approved program provides all patients with a full range of diagnostic, treatment, and supportive services either on-site at the facility or by referral.
The Commission on Cancer encourages approved programs to improve the quality of their patient care by implementing multidisciplinary cancer programs that cover the following issues:
- Early diagnosis
- Pretreatment evaluation
- Optimal treatment
- Surveillance for recurrent disease and multiple primary tumors
- Psychosocial support
- End of life care
Clinical and Translational Breast Program Receives Full Accreditation by the NAPBC
The Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Clinical and Translational Breast Program, has been granted a three-year/Full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 20131. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.
Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:
- Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
- A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
And, most importantly,
- Quality breast care close to home.
For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their website at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.
1. American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2013. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2013.