The Prostate Cancer Center at Saint Joseph’s Hospital (PCC) was designated a 2009 “Best Practice” by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) for their comprehensive approach to prostate cancer care. Saint Joseph’s was one of only five hospitals nationally to receive this designation in 2009. The PCC recently presented their program initiatives at the ACCC National Economics Conference in Saint Louis, MO September 28-30, 2010.
A “Best Practice” designation is awarded to programs that have an unwavering commitment to:
- The most effective treatment options available for prostate cancer.
- Patient-focused care that emphasizes quality of life and informed patient decision making with all patients receiving information and education about all treatment options available to them in an unbiased and cooperative clinical environment.
- Personalized and coordinated care by a patient navigator who is specialized in prostate cancer care.
- An interdisciplinary medical team that has advanced training and expertise in prostate cancer care who meet on a monthly basis to review and consult on cases.
- Support services that focus on the ”whole person” including resources for managing side effects of treatment, both physical and emotional, plus community resources for ongoing education, peer support, and complementary treatment options.
The Prostate Cancer Center at Saint Joseph’s follows the highest professional standards of care including protocols, guidelines and standards from:
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
- American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer
- American Urological Association Practice Guidelines
To find out more about the Prostate Cancer Center at Saint Joseph’s and how we can help you, please contact our Patient Navigator who will assist you in getting started. The services of the Patient Navigator are not billed to you and are offered as a service to our patients and their families.
Learn More>> Listen to a Podcast by Dr. Rajesh Laungani, M.D., Chairman of the PCC, talking about the Prostate Cancer Center at Saint Joseph’s on the Men’s Health Radio Show.
The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is a professional organization established to help oncology professionals adapt to the complex changes of delivering quality cancer care. Nearly 17,000 cancer care professionals from approximately 900 hospitals and more than 1,200 private practices are affiliated with ACCC. It is estimated that 60 percent of cancer patients nationwide are treated by a member of ACCC. ACCC members include medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, cancer program administrators and medical directors, senior hospital executives, practice managers, oncology nurses, pharmacists, radiation therapists, oncology social workers, and cancer program data managers…all members of the cancer care team.