The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted a three-year approval to the cancer program at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1932, the Approvals Program sets standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to make sure they conform to those standards.
Recognizing that cancer is a complex group of diseases, the program promotes consultation among surgeons, medical oncologist's, radiation oncologist's, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This team approach results in improved patient care.
Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer approved cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:
1) Quality care close to home.
2) Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
3) A multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options available to cancer patients.
4) Access to cancer-related information, education and support.
5) A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up.
6) Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
7) Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.
Rigorous evaluation process
Approval by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and a review of its performance. Only one in four hospitals offering cancer treatment are approved programs. In order to maintain approval, facilities with approved cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.
Community hospital cancer program
Accredited cancer programs are assigned a specific category that details the cancer services available at that facility. Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is a designated Community Hospital Cancer Program (CHCP), which is defined as having between 100 and 649 cases annually and providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services, but referral for a portion of the treatment is common.
Also, the medical staff are board-certified in the major medical specialties and the facility provides a functional equivalent of a medical oncology unit and may participate in cancer-related clinical research.
Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center is also accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).