Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - WMC Cancer Program Accredited with Commendation

Winchester Medical Center’s cancer program has been granted a three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.


Receiving care from a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures access to a complete range of services required to diagnose, treat and support cancer patients and their families.


“Winchester Medical Center has a strong, interdisciplinary clinical staff and numerous support services dedicated to providing the best care possible for our patients,” says general surgeon Thomas E. Marfing, Jr., MD, Cancer Committee Chairman. “This accreditation with commendation is a powerful endorsement of our efforts to provide optimal patient outcomes.”


The CoC’s quality standards ensure comprehensive cancer care, a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate treatment, information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options, access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education, and support services during treatment, rehabilitation and recovery.


To earn CoC accreditation, a cancer program must undergo a survey every three years by a specially-trained physician surveyor and demonstrate compliance with 36 standards for cancer care. A program that achieves accreditation with commendation has complied with all standards and received a commendation rating for one or more standards.


Winchester Medical Center provides state-of-the-art, individualized treatment for patients diagnosed with cancer. A coordinated team approach includes referrals from primary care physicians; diagnosis by radiologists, surgeons and pathologists; and treatment by surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists. Patients have access to available ongoing clinical trials. Support services for patients and their families include an American Cancer Society Patient Resource Navigator to help patients progress through the care process and Wellspring, the medical center’s cancer resource and image recovery center.


Of the approximately 1,000 new cancer patients diagnosed at Winchester Medical Center each year, about 20% have breast cancer. The hospital’s breast care program treats women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease, and is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).


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