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What should I know about radiation therapy treatments?
• Will my treatments be given by qualified physicians and staff?
• Does the facility have the equipment I need to receive safe and up-to-date cancer treatment?
• Is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)-American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)?
Why should I have my treatments at an accredited facility?
A diagnosis of cancer is usually a life-changing experience for patients and their loved ones. As they seek treatment, cancer patients need to know that they are receiving safe and appropriate care. To achieve ACR-ASTRO accreditation, our facility’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It’s important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR-ASTRO accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiation oncologists and medical physicists.
What does ACR-ASTRO accreditation mean?
• Our facility has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally-accepted standards of care.
• Our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to administer your radiation therapy treatments.
• Our equipment is appropriate for the treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.
What does the accreditation seal mean?
When you see the ACR-ASTRO seal, you can rest assured that your treatment will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), a professional organization serving more than 10,000 radiation oncologists, medical physicists and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of cancer patients.
The NMMC Cancer Center is also accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). NMMC is one of only two cancer treatment facilities in north Mississippi to have this accreditation, and the only one in the state to be accredited by both institutions.
The NMMC Cancer Center received this accreditation after an on-site evaluation was completed by a physician surveyor. Accredited facilities demonstrate compliance with standards that represent the full scope of a cancer program, including cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates 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 and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.
Accredidation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities must undergo an on-site review every three years.
Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:
• Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
• A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
• Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
• Access to cancer-related information, education and support
• A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancer and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
• Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.