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SIUH Cancer Program Earns National Accreditation

Three-Year Check up for SIUH Cancer Services

Staten Island, NY (July 14, 2011) -- With cancer a major threat to the health of Staten Islanders, close-to-home cancer care is important. To assure we offer the best in cancer diagnosis, treatment and support, Staten Island University Hospital makes an appointment for a checkup every three years; inviting in a physician-led survey team from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

As a result of this year’s survey, the Commission has granted SIUH’s cancer services program a three-year accreditation with commendation, according to Antonio Picon, MD, director of surgical oncology.

Only 1,400 hospitals in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are Commission accredited. While this is only 25 percent of all hospitals, these are the very hospitals that diagnose and treat 71 percent of all new cancer patients. The estimate is that 1.5 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2010, 1,250 on Staten Island.

After examining the full scope of the SIUH cancer program, the hospital earned a seal of approval for high standards in multidisciplinary cancer care.

Commission on Cancer Accreditation assures patients access to high quality care close to home; state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multi-specialty team approach to coordinating treatment; ongoing clinical trials, and new treatment options.

Accredited programs offer cancer patients related information, education and support, as well as a cancer registry that collects data on the type and stage of cancers and tracks treatment results. Accredited programs maintain effective monitoring and demonstrate continuing care improvement.

To learn more about cancer services at SIUH, call 718-226-8888.

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