Iredell Health System has announced that their cancer program has received
a three-year approval with commendation from the Commission on Cancer
(CoC) of the American College of Surgeons.
"The receipt of this commendation assures our patients that they can
receive comprehensive cancer care in Iredell County," said Ed Rush,
CEO and President of Iredell Health System.
Receiving care at a Commission-approved cancer program ensures that a patient
will have access to comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art
services and equipment; a multi-specialty 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
cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up; ongoing
monitoring and improvement of care; and quality care that is close to home.
"This designation is demonstrative of Iredell's commitment in
providing comprehensive oncology care," said Dr. Gayla Lowery, radiation
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.4 million cases
of cancer will be diagnosed in 2008.There are currently only 1,400 CoC-approved
cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing close
to 25 percent of all hospitals. These facilities diagnose and/or treat
80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. In addition,
a national network of more than 1,600 volunteer cancer liaison physicians
provides leadership and support for the CoC approvals program and other
CoC activities at these local facilities.
Iredell Health System's cancer program includes prevention, detection
and treatment. Cancer treatment options include surgical oncology chemotherapy
and radiation therapy.