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Gold Standard FAQs for Quality Treatment & Survivorship

Pillar 4: Quality Treatment & Survivorship

Why does the CEO Cancer Gold Standard require that employees have access to cancer treatment at the Commission on Cancer-accredited programs and the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers?

One goal of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard is to ensure access to quality cancer treatment for employees who are diagnosed with cancer. An organization must provide access to cancer treatment at Commission on Cancer-accredited facilities and/or National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers because these two bodies are concerned with the quality of patient care and are committed to reducing the incidence of cancer as well as reducing cancer morbidity and mortality.

Does the requirement to provide access to treatment at Commission on Cancer-accredited or NCI-designated cancer centers mean that all of these centers must be covered?

To ensure the availability of quality care, access is required for at least some centers within a reasonable geographic vicinity of where employees live.

What is the Commission on Cancer?

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons is dedicated to improving health care for individuals with cancer. They recognize hospitals and health care facilities that have cancer programs that offer high-quality cancer care.

What is the National Cancer Institute (NCI)?

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). An important part of NCI's mission is to support a national network of cancer centers.