Cancer Center granted highest approval rating with distinction from American College of Surgeons

Release Date: 07/30/2008

Margie Coloian
Communications and Marketing
Phone: (781) 744-3859

Cancer Center granted highest approval rating with distinction from American College of Surgeons

Burlington, MA—The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted Lahey Clinic's Sophia Gordon Cancer Center a three-year approval with commendation, following a rigorous evaluation process and an on-site visit in April by its physician reviewer. Lahey Clinic met all 36 standards of the Approvals Program and, in fact, received commendations in the nine specially focused standards—a rarity for most cancer programs.

The approval given to Lahey Clinic is considered the highest level of assessment. Not only did Lahey meet the criteria for all standards, but it also was commended for nine of them, the maximum number eligible for commendations. These are in the categories of cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

The Approvals Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to them. CoC approval is given only to facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care, based on a review of their performance.

When a patient receives care at a CoC-approved cancer program, he or she is ensured access to comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multi-specialty team approach to coordinate best treatment options; information on ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options; access to cancer-related information, education and support, among other services.

There are currently 1,400 CoC-approved cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals. They diagnose and/or treat 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.

About Lahey Clinic
Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation.