The East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Cancer Institute has earned a three-year accreditation and a commendation on its cancer program from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. This was based on on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor in May.
The commission is a consortium of professional medical associations striving for higher survival rates and improved quality of life for cancer patients and survivors.  It pursues these aims through education for medical providers and patients, setting high standards, prevention, research and the monitoring of cancer treatment.  The ETMC Institute, in 1990, became the first facility in East Texas to earn this accreditation, which places it among the elite of the nation’s cancer treatment providers.  Institute Vice-President Todd Sigmon was delighted but unsurprised at the honor.
“We are very pleased to have this approval again because it’s only given to facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care,” he said.

ETMC’s Cancer Care Institute provides its patients with the following services:
1. Comprehensive care including a range of state-of-the-art treatments and equipment.
2. A multispecialty, plus team approach to coordinating the best treatment options.
3. Education on ongoing clinical trials and treatment options.
4. Access to cancer-related information, education and support.
5. A registry for collecting information on types and stages of cancers, treatment results, and for offering lifelong patient follow-up.
6. Continual care monitoring and options for improvement.
7. Quality care close to home.

The American Cancer Society predicts there will be more than 1.5 million new cases of cancer diagnosed during 2011.