UI Health Earns Full Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer

UI Health Receives Full Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The UI Health Cancer Clinic has again been granted full accreditation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a nationally recognized program that develops comprehensive, patient-centered standards for cancer programs.

The three-year accreditation by the CoC, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, recognizes UI Health as a provider of a full spectrum of cancer care, including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, lifelong follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. Patients at CoC facilities like UI Health also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and various patient-centered services. UI Health first received CoC accreditation in 2016.

To earn accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 quality-care standards across five disciplines: program management, clinical services, continuum of care, patient outcomes, and data quality. Further, accredited programs must undergo evaluation by a survey process every three years and maintain excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered care.

As an accredited facility, UI Health maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Database. This nationwide oncology-outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world and is used to track, analyze, and explore trends in cancer care.

Accredited programs like UI Health take a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, relying on coordination among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists to treat cancer as a complex group of diseases, resulting in improved patient care. 

CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.

Visit the UI Health Cancer Clinic to more about our cancer services.