by Navanshu Arora, MD, Medical Director, Cancer Services
Together, all our actions matter. As a UW Medicine-affiliated community hospital, we are very proud to be a Commission on Cancer (CoC) accredited Cancer Center, serving our South King County community. Accredited for more than three decades by the CoC, Valley’s cancer program provides state-of-the-art cancer care to our patients in a convenient, close-to-home setting.
Valley’s cancer program received the Gold Level Outstanding Achievement Award from Commission on Cancer and the distinction of being in the top 10% of the cancer programs in the country in 2017, continuing to the present. To belong to this exclusive club, Valley not only met all 26 standards, we exceeded standards in seven areas.
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Valley Medical Center to deliver quality patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on:
- Hereditary risk assessments
- Personalized medicine and targeted therapies
- Genetic counseling/testing
- High risk screening programs
- Prevention and screening programs
- Early diagnosis of cancer
- Comprehensive cancer care
- Clinical trials
- Rehabilitation services
- Nutritional services
- Psycho-social support for patients and families
- Palliative care
- Survivorship and long-term care
- Oncology financial coordination and support
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
Through our commitment and mission to care for our community like family, Valley Medical Center is building a Cancer Center on its Renton campus.
Our experienced, board-certified, cancer specialists provide personalized treatment plans for each patient’s unique cancer journey. Treating cancer requires consultation and coordination among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multi-disciplinary partnership at our Cancer Center results in overall improved patient care and satisfaction.
CoC accreditation is a testament to our cancer team’s hard work in continuously improving our cancer services and outcomes for our patients. We are grateful for the trust our patients place in us.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Valley Medical Center maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base, a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. It contains more than 21 years of data for more than 16 million cancer patients. The information is used to monitor and improve the quality of patient care delivered in CoC-approved cancer programs.