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Living with Cancer: What is Survivorship? Part of St. Mary’s Surviving Cancer Programs

Monday, March 7th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2/28/11

You’ve got cancer, now what?  A cancer diagnosis can be devastating.  At St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, we’ll help you cope with the issues that arise with your disease.

This March, the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will kick off our new Surviving Cancer programs.  This series is focused on the needs of cancer survivors and their loved ones. During the first workshop, “Living with Cancer: What is Survivorship?” we’ll define what it is to be a survivor, provide education on many of the core issues of survivorship, and look at issues of emotional and spiritual well-being.  The program will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 from 2 pm to 3 pm in the Lepage Small Conference Room at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. It is open to anyone affected by cancer.

RSVP is requested but not required.  For more information or to register, please call Maura Clark, LCSW, at 777-4446. For more information about other cancer survivorship workshops or the St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, please visit us on the web.

St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Lewiston is one of the premier cancer care facilities in central Maine. Our cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. We recognize that every person has special needs and we strive to provide individualized state-of-the-art cancer care for our patients and their family members.

St. Mary’s Surviving Cancer Programs

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2/17/11
 

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston is pleased to announce a series of programs focused on the needs of cancer survivors. Who is a cancer survivor? Anyone living with a cancer diagnosis! People are survivors from the day they learn they have the disease. The series will provide education on many of the core issues of survivorship – from defining the term “survivorship” to looking at issues of emotional well being, sexuality, nutrition and physical activity. 

Living with Cancer: What is Survivorship?
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Lepage Small Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston 

Living Beyond Cancer: Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Lepage Small Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston 

Eat Well: Nutrition and Cancer Survivorship
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Potvin Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston 

Move Well: Physical Activity and Cancer Survivorship
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Potvin Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston 

You are invited to attend the entire series for free or one or two particular workshops based on your personal needs. Each program is approximately one hour in length and is open to cancer survivors, loved ones, family, friends, caregivers and anyone interested in cancer survivorship. RSVP is requested but not required. For more information or to register, please call Maura Clark, LCSW, at 777-4446. 

St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Earns a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Staff at St. Mary's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Front Row: L to R, Mahesh Pandey, MD, Yelena Patsiornik, MD, Evie Taylor, RN OCN, Oncology Supervisor, Joline Betsch, Director, St. Mary's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Standing: Lori Wilbur-Dunham, CTR, Melanie Whited, RN , Jen Hazen, RN OCN , Kim Thistlewaite, RN, Maura Clark, LCSW, Lori Dyer, RN, Linda Merchant, RN OCN, Chris Gervais, RN OCN, Melissa Dube, Shannon Lessard.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
11.12.10

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. 

A facility receives a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer programs (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards. 

 Established in 1922 buy the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.  Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

 The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized and quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state, and local level.

 The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that more than 1.5 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2010.   There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals.  This 25 percent of hospitals diagnose and/or treat 71 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.  In addition, a national network of more than 1,600 volunteer Cancer Liason Physicians provides leadership and support for the CoC Accreditation Program and other CoC activities at these local facilities. 

The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards

for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they perform to those standards.  Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily commotted to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous process and review of their performance.  To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to: 

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment  
  • A multispecialty, 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  
  • Most importantly, quality care, close to home

Cancer patient data are reported by each CoC-accredited cancer program to the CoC’s National Cancer data Base (NCDB), a joint CoC/American Cancer Society program.  The NCDB currently contains patient demographics, tumor characteristics, and treatment outcomes information for more than 18 million cancer patients diagnosed and treated at hospital cancer programs in the US between 1985 and 2004.  These data account for approximately two-thirds of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the US each year. 

NCDB data is regularly used to monitor and improve the quality of patient care delivered in CoC-accredited cancer programs.  The CoC requires programs to implement quality improvement initiatives that promote the delivery of quality, multidisciplinary cancer care and lead to ongoing educational interventions with local providers in the CoC-accredited cancer programs.

Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society, the CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program.  This information is shared with the public on the American Cancer Society’s web site at www.cancer.org and through the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345. 

For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit www.facs.org/cancer/index.html.  For more information about St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders visit www.stmarysmaine.com.