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5/4/09: Emerson cancer program approved by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has again granted three-year approval with commendation to the Bethke Cancer Center. A facility can receive three-year approval following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor, during which the facility demonstrates continued compliance with 36 standards. The standards are designed to ensure that the structure and process for quality cancer care, which represent the full scope of a community hospital comprehensive cancer program (institutional and programmatic resources, cancer program leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement), are met. In addition, a facility may achieve the status of approval with commendation by exceeding these standards, which the Bethke Cancer Center has done.

Receiving care at a CoC-approved cancer program ensures patients have access to comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multi-specialty, 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; and quality care close to home.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates 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 and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

At the heart of Emerson’s comprehensive cancer program is the Bethke Cancer Center, which combines talented cancer specialists and state-of-the-art technology in a convenient, comfortable setting. It is committed to providing compassionate and supportive care for patients and their families. The Bethke Cancer Center was founded at Emerson Hospital in 1997, offering expert, state-of-the-art treatment and cancer care in a comfortable setting. By partnering with Massachusetts General Hospital and collaborating with Commonwealth Hematology/Oncology, the Center provides high-quality treatment and technology. The Bethke Cancer Center offers outpatient services in hematology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology.