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NMMC Cancer Services

What's New in Cancer Care at North Mississippi Medical Center

 

North Mississippi Medical Center Joins UAB Health System Cancer Community Network

 

North Mississippi Medical Center has joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System Cancer Community Network as one of 12 associates in the network to expand access to leading cancer care. NMMC is the only UAB Health System Cancer Community Network associate in north Mississippi.


The UAB Health System Cancer Community Network, with associates in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi, was created to enhance cancer services in the Southeast by joining forces with community cancer centers to pursue high-quality patient outcomes, improve access to early detection and treatment, and provide optimal patient satisfaction. The program emphasizes collaboration between UAB and community cancer centers on evidence-based guidelines for cancer treatment.


“NMMC chose to become an associate with the UAB Health System Cancer Community Network to provide the best possible advanced care to our patients, , close to home,” said David Wilson, NMMC President. “We are proud to join forces with the network, which is led by UAB Medicine, a nationally ranked and recognized hospital and health system, and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Deep South and one of only 45 in the nation.”


NMMC Cancer Care offers comprehensive cancer services, including individualized evidence-based medicine and cutting edge technologies.


“Our association with the UAB Health System Cancer Community Network will give our patients the added benefit of our physicians and multidisciplinary teams collaborating with UAB physicians to pursue the highest quality of care as well as enhanced access to additional cancer consultations, screenings and information on the latest clinical trials available,” said Beth Bryant, NMMC Oncology Services Administrator. “The overall goal of this association is to enhance our already well-established cancer program by providing patients access to UAB’s best practices in cancer care at a local level.”


The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is known for its depth and breadth of cancer research that is unmatched in the region. “We look forward to working with NMMC Cancer Care to leverage each other’s strengths and offer access to leading-edge care and research to north Mississippi,” said Edward Partridge, M.D., director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. “UAB’s cancer scientists and clinicians are making discoveries every day, and with the UAB Health System Cancer Community Network, we have the opportunity to collaborate with cancer care providers across the region to increase access to those discoveries, ultimately saving more lives.”

 

NMMC Earns ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation
North Mississippi Medical Center has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

 

The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

 

In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.

 

Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography scans, and appropriate follow-up care, significantly reduces lung cancer deaths. In December 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening of adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer – taking the lives of more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

 

The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.

 

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit: acr.org/Quality-Safety/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Center.