Staying at the top of new technology in Radiation Oncology is an important part of advanced care at RMC. In early 2004, RMC became the third hospital in the nation to purchase and install the Varian Acuity Simulator. This powerful machine, which is completely digital, uses virtual simulation to pinpoint a patient’s cancerous cells. Such technology allows for the most sophisticated and safest equipped means of setting up and verifying radiation treatments for all forms of cancer. Patient treatment plans can be more precise, actually increasing cure rates.
- Regional Medical Center's Cancer Treatment Center and team of specialists are capable of treating approximately 95% of all cancer cases.
- Medical Oncologists
- Radiation Oncologists
- Inpatient Cancer Unit
- Outpatient Chemotherapy
- High and Mid-Low Range Energy Linear Accelerators for treatment of all tumors
- Tumor Registry for comparative treatment analysis
- Cancer Research Nurse
- Conduct Clinical Trials
Commission on Cancer
In 2004, RMC’s cancer program was approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, based on the commission’s new standards for 2005. RMC’s cancer program has been accredited by the commission since 1991. RMC is one of only 25 percent of hospitals in the country to receive this distinction.
Receiving approval from the Commission on Cancer means that area patients have access to:
- Quality care close to home
- Comprehensive care offering a range of advanced services and equipment
- A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options available to cancer patients
- Information about cancer clinical trials, education and support
- Lifelong patient follow-up through a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
The Commission on Cancer is comprised of Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and other members representing 39 national cancer-related organizations. To maintain approval, facilities must undergo an on-site review every three years.