Cancer Program Approved by Commission on Cancer





NEWTON, Mass. (June, 2012)Newton-Wellesley Hospital has again received the distinction of Accreditation with Commendation for a three year period from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. This is the highest recognition awarded.

A facility receives a Three-Year Approval with Commendation following an 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 program: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.

"This nationally recognized achievement culminates many years of staff dedication to providing high-quality care to patients who have cancer," said Jeffrey S. Wisch, MD, Chair, Cancer Committee; Clinical Director, Vernon Cancer Center; and Associate Chief of Hematology/Oncology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922, the Approvals Program sets standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to make sure they conform to those standards. Recognizing that cancer is a complex group of diseases, the program promotes consultation among surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary approach results in improved patient care.

Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer approved cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to: 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; information about cancer clinical trials and new treatment options; access to cancer-related information, education and support; lifelong patient follow-up through a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results; and ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.

An integral part of a cancer program is the tumor registry. All patients who are diagnosed or treated for cancer are listed in the registry so that the institution can maintain contact with them and make sure that they receive continuing care and assistance with rehabilitation.

"Information collected through the registry allows Newton-Wellesley Hospital to participate in national studies that are designed to improve patient care," added Dr. Wisch. "These studies focus on diagnostic patterns, surgery, other treatment, and patient outcome."

The American Cancer Society estimates that 1,444,920 cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2012. There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-approved cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25% of all hospitals. Approximately 80 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients are treated in CoC-approved cancer programs.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital's strong tradition of excellence in patient care provides the supportive and comforting setting which is critical for patients with cancer.

The Joan and James Vernon Cancer Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital offers patients an entire realm of cancer care, expert and innovative services and advanced treatment options. Our team provides personalized care in a private and comfortable setting for cancers such as breast, prostate, lung, colorectal and gynecological malignancies. In addition, benign and malignant blood disorders such as anemia, coagulation disorders, lymphoma, myeloma and leukemia are also treated. Our mission is to deliver comprehensive, compassionate care while providing a sense of hope and comfort to patients and their families. For more information about the Vernon Cancer Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, visit or call 617-219-1230.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital is a full system member of Partners HealthCare System, Inc. (PHCS), a nonprofit organization that includes acute care hospitals Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals, The North Shore Medical Center, and specialty hospitals McLean Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare, and the community-based doctors and hospitals of Partners Community HealthCare, Inc.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital provides a wide range of services, including medical, surgical, obstetrical, orthopaedic, neonatal, pediatric and psychiatric care. Newton-Wellesley has been serving its community for over a century. The medical staff of the Hospital includes nearly 1,000 physicians practicing a full range of specialties. NWH is a major teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and also has established post-graduate training programs for Harvard Medical School residents.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a physician, contact CareFinder at 617-243-6566 or visit

Rachel Kagno
Public Affairs & Marketing
Newton-Wellesley Hospital


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