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Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Cancer Program Re-Accredited by The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

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The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS)commission on cancer has granted three-year reaccreditation with commendations to the cancer program at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC). To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center at PVHMC takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care using state-of-the-art-equipment, a caring and educated team and support throughout a patient and their family’s journey.

“We are truly honored to be reaccredited by the Commission on Cancer, It is with grateful hearts that we provide those who come to us personalized and comprehensive support from day one of their cancer diagnosis,” said PVHMC Cancer Center Medical Director Yallapragada S. Rao, MD, ACRO. “Our team is dedicated to treating the whole patient, not just the disease of cancer on its own.”

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for the Cancer Program to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

“We strive to ensure our oncology patients are receiving the best care from our team of experts,” stated PVHMC Cancer Program Medical Director Lori Lee Vanyo, MD, FACS. “This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to our patients in delivering compassionate, high-quality personalized care.”

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Center at PVHMC maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.7 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2018. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed patients with cancer. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes 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. For more information, visit: