Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center is accredited by the
on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
Commission on Cancer
approval is given only to those institutions that have
voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and
treatment of cancer and to undergo a rigorous evaluation
process and review of its performance. To maintain approval,
institutions with approved cancer programs must undergo an
on-site review every three years.
The UConn Health Center first won Commission on Cancer
approval in 1977 and has maintained that status ever since.
According to the Commission on Cancer, patients receiving
care at an approved cancer program are ensured 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
- Access to cancer-related information, education and
- 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.
- Quality care close to home.
What Is an Approved Cancer Program?
Hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities are
approved according to standards set by the Committee on
Approvals of the Commission on Cancer.
The structure outlined in Standards of the Commission
on Cancer Volume I: Cancer Program Standards ensures
that each approved program provides all patients with a full
range of diagnostic, treatment, and supportive services
either on-site at the facility or by referral.
The Commission on Cancer encourages approved programs to improve the
quality of their patient care by implementing
multidisciplinary cancer programs that cover the following
- Early diagnosis
- Pretreatment evaluation
- Optimal treatment
- Surveillance for recurrent disease and multiple
- Psychosocial support
- End of life care