American College of Surgeons quality program gives seal of approval
UC Davis Medical Center and UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center have earned accreditation once again from the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons. To achieve renewal of its CoC accreditation, a site visit was conducted to confirm compliance with accreditation standards that evaluate the cancer care services.
“What the Commission on Cancer accreditation means is that we have proven the effectiveness of our multidisciplinary approach that treats cancer as a complex group of diseases requiring collaboration among our surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other health care professionals caring for cancer patients,” cancer center Director Primo “Lucky” Lara Jr. said. “Cancer patients also benefit from having access to our clinical trials, screening and prevention events, palliative care, genetic counseling, rehabilitation, oncology nutrition, and survivorship services.”
The cancer center maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Database (NCDB). The NCDB is a clinical oncology database sourced from hospital registry data collected from CoC-accredited facilities. These data are used to analyze and track patients with malignant neoplastic diseases, their treatments, and their outcomes. Online reporting tools provide the program with comparative benchmarks for similar programs. In addition, the program has access to reporting tools for quality improvement, quality assurance, and surveillance.
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes 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.
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people. Its specialists provide compassionate, comprehensive care for more than 100,000 adults and children every year and access to more than 200 active clinical trials at any given time. Its innovative research program engages more than 240 scientists at UC Davis who work collaboratively to advance discovery of new tools to diagnose and treat cancer. Patients have access to leading-edge care, including immunotherapy and other targeted treatments. Its Office of Community Outreach and Engagement addresses disparities in cancer outcomes across diverse populations, and the cancer center provides comprehensive education and workforce development programs for the next generation of clinicians and scientists. For more information, visit cancer.ucdavis.edu.