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Childhood cancer program at Akron Children’s earns top accreditation

05-26-2010

The Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital has received a three-year accreditation award with commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), their highest award possible.

This is the center’s third consecutive CoC accreditation.

“We are thrilled to learn of this accreditation award,” said Jeffrey Hord, MD, director of the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. “We are one of only 11 pediatric cancer programs accredited through CoC in the nation. This award recognizes the great work performed daily by all members of our cancer program team.”

The accreditation report cited several components of the center’s program for special commendation, including clinical trial enrollment, an active outreach program which helps promote prevention and early detection of cancer, quality improvement efforts, the quality of the data submitted to national cancer data bases, and the publication of outcomes in an annual report.

The center offers comprehensive clinical treatment for children and teens with all types of cancer and bleeding/clotting disorders, including stem cell/bone marrow transplantation.

On average, the center cares for six newly diagnosed children with cancer each month, ranking in the top third of pediatric cancer centers in the country. The center registers more than 7,000 outpatient clinic visits and 600 hospital admissions annually.

About 30 percent of the children who come to Akron Children’s for cancer care have leukemia, the leading type of childhood cancer, and 25 percent are treated for brain tumors, the second major cause of cancer in children.

As a member of the prestigious Children’s Oncology Group, Akron Children’s participates in the development of National Cancer Institute-approved treatment protocols and offers the most up-to-date therapy to children with cancer.

Akron Children’s also offers a program for the late effects of childhood cancer so patients have access to comprehensive care well into adulthood. The multi-disciplinary “late effect” clinics help patients and their families address the side effects that may come with cancer treatment, including heart, lung and joint problems, learning disabilities and impaired fertility, while also offering psychological and emotional support.

The center is named after the family of David and Martha Showers, who donated $3 million in 2002 to help build a new center for childhood cancer and blood disorders, as well as to help fund patient care, research and education programs.

Established in 1922, 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.

There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals. These hospitals diagnose and/or treat 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.
 

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