The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center Receives Highest Rating in Cancer Care
For immediate release: June 01, 2012
Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons Recognizes Multidisciplinary, Integrated, and Comprehensive Oncology Services
The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center (UMGCC)
has received the highest level of award given by the Commission on Cancer of
the American College of Surgeons, a full Three-Year with Commendation award.
Oncology programs earning this level of recognition from the Commissionon Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons offer the highest quality
cancer care. Only one in four hospitals that treat cancer receives this special
approval. It recognizes the quality of comprehensive cancer care available at
a facility and offers a commitment that patients will have access to all of
the various medical specialists who are involved in the diagnosis and treatment
Recognizing that cooperation between specialists results in improved patient
outcomes, UMGCC has been a leader in the multidisciplinary approach to providing
pretreatment evaluation, staging, treatment and follow-up care for patients
with all types of cancer. Patients meet with, and are treated by, our teams
of specialists from surgical,
oncology as part of integrated multidisciplinary clinics located in the
Pavilion, a state-of-the-art facility for outpatient cancer care that opened
in 2005. Each patient’s case is also reviewed and discussed by the team
of experts -- including pathologists, diagnostic radiologists, and other cancer
specialists -- in weekly multidisciplinary clinic conferences.
Approval by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that
have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of
cancers. To meet the standards necessary for Commission approval, each cancer
program must undergo a rigorous evaluation process and a review of its performance.
In order to maintain approval, facilities with approved cancer programs must
undergo an on-site review every three years.
The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center is a
nationally recognized leader in cancer diagnosis, treatment and research. With
comprehensive programs for treating all types of cancer, it is a major referral
center for patients in Maryland and throughout the region. For more information,
please call 800-888-8823.