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Iredell Earns Commendation for Outstanding Cancer Program


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 oncologist.

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.

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