Friday, November 15, 2013

University of Kansas Cancer Center earns two national honors

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The clinical program at the University of Kansas Cancer Center has received two national honors.

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has awarded a 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award as part of its full accreditation to The University of Kansas Cancer Center.  Commission on Cancer accreditation is the seal of approval for cancer programs from the American College of Surgeons and formally acknowledges a program’s commitment to providing high-quality cancer care.

The award is presented after an extensive site visit and data review.

The blood and marrow transplant program at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, the only such program in the region, was awarded the Innovation Award from the national Be the Match ® program of the National Marrow Donor Program®.

The award recognizes The University of Kansas Cancer Center for its successes in working with physicians across the Midwest to educate them on the life saving potential and critical timing of transplants.  Be the Match® called the cancer center program a national model in extending the benefit of peripheral blood and bone marrow transplants and umbilical cord blood transplants to more people.

The physician-in-chief of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, Terry Tsue, MD, says awards like these can play an important role in building the cancer center and in helping patients decide where to get care.