South Shore Hospital Cancer Program Again Earns National Approval
For Immediate Release: Media Contact: Scott Pickard March 14, 2005 781-624-8970
SO. WEYMOUTH, Mass., March 15 - The American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer has again granted its approval to the cancer program at South Shore Hospital, signifying that the hospital meets national standards established to assure that cancer patients receive the best possible care at the local level.
Approval by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities which have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and an on-site review of their performance every three years. Only about 25 percent of US hospitals earn Commission on Cancer approval.
Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-approved program like the one at South Shore Hospital assures that patients have access to:
Quality, comprehensive care available close to home, featuring the most current services and equipment;
A multispecialty, team approach to coordinate available treatment options;
Information about clinical trials, education, and support;
Lifelong follow-up through a cancer registry, which collects data on types of cancer and treatment results;
Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1932, the Commission on Cancer's approvals program sets standards for cancer programs and reviews those programs to make sure they conform. Recognizing that cancer is a complex group of diseases, the program promotes consultation among surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary approach, the Commission believes, results in improved patient care.