|How about NCI-designated
|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.
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.