lEstablish regional centers ofexcellence in research and patient care.
lTo be NCI designated
|How about NCI-designated cancer center? |
|Created in 1971 as a result of the National Cancer Act, the National Cancer Institutes (NCI) cancer center programs was created to establish regional cancer centers of excellence in research and patient care. Hospitals compete for cancer center designation and federal funding on the basis of demonstrated excellence in three different areas: research, cancer prevention and clinical services. Hospital selected as comprehensive cancer centers (38) meet the criteria for all 3 areas. |
|NCI-designated cancer centers are presumed to have better outcomes because they possess the qualities that have been shown to produce improved results, such as staffing with specialists and high procedure volumes. A variety of ancillary services also exist to provide support to the physician such as tumor boards and advisory committees in addition to services aimed at providing support to patients. NCI-designated cancer centers may have access to newer treatment modalities or protocols and are more likely to have well established treatment pathways. |