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Cancer Program at Lowell General Hospital Approved with Commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for 2010 - 2013

January 12, 2011 – Lowell, MA – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted a three-year Approval with Commendation as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program to the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital. Accredited for the past 23 years, the recent approval rating granted “commendation” to the Cancer Program for the second consecutive survey, recognizing the quality of its program beyond the standard level of approval.

The Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital provides care for adults with all types of cancer. Services include radiation, medical and GYN oncology treatments, diagnosis, cancer risk assessment, support services, clinical collaboration with multidisciplinary providers, access to clinical trials, education, prevention and screening.

American College of Surgeons logo“To again achieve commendation status with our renewed accreditation validates the exceptional programming and delivery of care to the cancer patients of Lowell General Hospital,” says Dr. Murat Anamur, Medical Director of The Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital “We are able to provide the best care to our patients through exceptional standards of care and also the highest quality aspects behind the scenes. Together, the entire team brings successful treatment for cancer, including state of the art services, multi-specialty team approaches to the best treatment options, and exceptional quality of care close to home. This achievement demonstrates that commitment to care at every level.”

Seven out of eight aspects of the 2010 survey were granted commendation including areas of outcome analysis, clinical trial enrollment, active outreach for prevention and early detection, cancer-related quality improvements that have been impressive to the commission each year, quality and timeliness of reporting. The Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital scored perfect or near perfect scores for every standards area. Exceptional accolades were given for “very impressive leadership and administrative support”, the quality of the cancer registry staff, excellent oncology nurse leadership, great participation and involvement of the American Cancer Society.

A Facility receives a Three-Year Approval with Commendation by the CoC following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor upon witnessing the standards that represent the full-scope of the cancer program. These aspects of excellence include cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

For the patient and community, the quality standards established by the CoC for cancer programs ensure:

  • Comprehensive care including a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best available treatment options
  • Information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education, and support services
  • A cancer registry that offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care and
  • Quality care, close to home

The Commission on Cancer sets standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care and surveys facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collects standardized and quality data from approved facilities; and uses the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national; state and local level.

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