Multidisciplinary Cancer Conference
Multidisciplinary cancer conferences involve surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, radiation and medical oncologists and are held at the Porter Cancer Care Center on a weekly basis. The conferences consist of prospective case presentation ensuring that newly diagnosed patients or patients undergoing treatment have access to multidisciplinary evaluation including staging, treatment management and follow-up evaluation as well as symptom management, rehabilitation and supportive care, assuring cases are addressed as quickly and effectively as possible. These case reviews and discussions can generate additional information as well as opportunities for research eligibility and improving effectiveness and overall quality of cancer care. The multidisciplinary conferences are integral to contributing to the patient management process, in addition to providing physician and staff education.
The Cancer Registry is an important program component for the evaluation of cancer care. Accurate and timely collection of cancer patient data with appropriate follow-up is required by the Commission on Cancer (CoC). The Cancer Registry contributes to administrative and program planning, patient treatment planning, research, staging and continuity of care through data retrieval and monitoring of outcomes through annual analysis and long term follow-up. Porter’s Cancer Committee monitors the activities of the Cancer Registry and assures all standards of the CoC are rigidly followed.
The Cancer Registrar abstracts the data from the medical record profiling the patient, the particular cancer, the treatment and the outcome of each patient’s cancer. Cancer registry data also plays an important role in retrospective studies and case identification for researchers. Detailed information on patient demographics, initial diagnosis, cancer site and histology, extent of disease, treatment, recurrence and survival provides the baseline for many studies. By collecting this data at local, state and national levels the Cancer Registry is a valuable tool in the fight against cancer.
Commission on Cancer
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) is a group of professional organizations dedicated to reducing the morbidity and mortality of cancer through education, standard setting and the monitoring of quality care.
Receiving care at a CoC Approved Cancer Program ensures that you will receive:
- Quality care close to home.
- Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
- A multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options available to cancer patients.
- 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
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.
National Cancer Database
Established to serve as a comprehensive clinical surveillance resource about cancer care in the United States, the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) was the first national database used to track and compare the treatment of most types of cancers. Since its inception in 1989, the NCDB has collected diagnostic, staging, treatment and outcomes information on almost 15 million cancer diagnoses.
This data has been published and reported on in several formats and has been used by clinicians and hospitals throughout the United States. The uses of the data are many and include significant advances in the utilization of the database as a clinical and facility benchmarking tool. The Cancer Registry at Porter Adventist Hospital sends their data to the NCDB on an annual basis. The Registry also sends their abstracted data to the Colorado Central Cancer Registry on monthly basis.
Approval and Accreditation Process
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) established an Approvals Program which is designed to ensure that the structure and processes necessary for quality cancer care are in place. Approval and accreditation is granted only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment and are able to comply with the CoC’s established standards. Today, CoC approved cancer programs are credited with diagnosing and treating 80 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients nationally.
The approvals program is recognized by other national health care organization, including Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), as having established performance measure for high-quality cancer care. CoC accredited programs are reviewed every three years by a CoC surveyor to ensure the facility is still maintaining a high quality of care.