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Published on October 06, 2014

Commission on Cancer accredits UHS

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted three-year accreditation to the cancer program at UHS.

To earn voluntary accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 quality standards, be evaluated every three years and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery  of comprehensive, patient-centered care.

"As a commission-accredited center, UHS takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists," said Matthew J. Salanger, president and chief executive officer of UHS.  "This multidisciplinary partnership produces improved patient care."

The accreditation program affords a framework for UHS to continually improve its quality of care by focusing on the full spectrum of care, including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, lifelong follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care.  

When patients receive care at a commission-accredited facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling and patient-centered services, such as psychosocial support, a patient navigation process and a survivorship care plan that documents the care they receive and seeks to improve their quality of life.

Like other commission-accredited facilities, UHS maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base, a joint program of the Commission on Cancer and the American Cancer Society.  

The nationwide database of oncology outcomes is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.  Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the database and used to explore trends in cancer care.  

In turn, commission-accredited centers have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional and state benchmark reports.

Accreditation Facts:

Across the United States, an estimated 1.6 million cases of cancer are diagnosed each year.

There are more than 1,500 commission-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals.

Commission-accredited facilities diagnose or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed patients.

When cancer patients choose a commission-accredited center, they gain access to state-of-the-art care close to home.

The commission offers the public information on the resources, services and treatment experiences provided by each accredited program, through a hospital locator at

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and care monitoring.  

Its membership includes the Fellows of the American College of Surgeons; to learn more, visit