Commission on Cancer
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital's cancer care program is approved by the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer. As such, NYPBMH is affiliated with Weill-Cornell Medical College and participates in training residents in at least four areas, two of which are medicine and surgery. (There are fellowship programs in Hematology/Oncology & Radiation Oncology)
The facility offers the full range of diagnostic and treatment services, either on site or by referral. Members of medical staff are board certified in the major medical specialties.
The following are the standards that the cancer program must meet in order to be approved by the Commission on Cancer:
- Facility must have JCAHO accreditation
- Cancer Committee is responsible for goal setting, planning, initiating, implementing, evaluating and improving all cancer related activities.
- Weekly multidisciplinary cancer conferences must be held. Each week 2-3 cases are discussed. In addition to providing optimum consultative services, the conference is an educational tool for physicians, residents, fellows and allied healthcare staff.
- Cancer Registry – collects data on each case treated and maintains lifetime follow-up of each patient to evaluate outcomes of cancer care.
- Each year cases are submitted to the National Cancer Database by the cancer registrar. "The NCDB is a nationwide oncology outcomes database used as a clinical surveillance mechanism to monitor changes and variations in patterns of cancer care and patient outcomes."
- Clinical Services
- Radiation Oncology
- Dedicated Inpatient Oncology Unit
- Nursing care by Oncology Certified Nurse
- Accrual to Clinical Trials
- Support services (Genetic counseling & testing, nutritional counseling, transportation. Support groups)
- Prevention and Early Detection Programs
- Facility-based Cancer Education (other that cancer conference) is offered to medical staff and allied health professionals.
- Each year the cancer committee evaluates two areas of cancer patient care and implements two improvements to cancer care at the facility.