Questions about COVID-19 and cancer?
The dedicated doctors and health care specialists of the OSF Saint Francis Cancer Program are all in to help you win the battle and to return you to the life you deserve – filled with joy and laughter, hopes and dreams.
As a Commission on Cancer (CoC) accredited cancer program, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center treats more than 2,000 patients newly diagnosed with cancer each year.
As a leading academic medical center, our physicians and researchers work together in clinical trials to study new treatment options and diagnostic approaches to help improve the lives of cancer patients.
Prevention and early detection are some of the most strongest weapons in fighting cancer and can save lives.
The American College of Surgeons – Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation
The American College of Surgeons – Commission on Cancer (CoC) accreditation is a formal process to demonstrate that a hospital meets a high standard for quality of care in its cancer program. The standards are designed to improve safety and patient outcomes, while encouraging a process of continuous improvement within a hospital.
At OSF Saint Francis we are firmly committed to achieving the best outcomes and quality of life for our patients with cancer, both during and after their treatment.
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center has been a CoC-accredited cancer program since 1959. We measure the success of our program according to 5 key pillars:
- Providing clinical services to offer state-of-the-art pre-treatment evaluation, staging, treatment, and clinical follow-up for cancer patients seen at the facility for primary, secondary, tertiary, or end-of-life care
- A dedicated cancer committee which leads the program through setting goals, monitoring activity, evaluating patient outcomes, and improving care
- Cancer conferences which provide a forum for patient consultation and contribute to physician education
- A quality improvement program that is the mechanism for evaluating and improving our patient outcomes
- The Cancer Registry and database is the basis for monitoring the quality of care
It Takes a Team
Advances in surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy have offered hope for millions of patients with cancer. But as a result, the complexity of care necessary to achieve the best outcomes has increased significantly. Multi-Disciplinary Clinics (MDCs) are the best approach to manage this complexity.
By leveraging the expertise of cancer experts in every specialty of medicine, and incorporating supportive oncology services throughout the treatment process, we can ensure that patients are connected with the best care at the time that they need it most.
Patients whose case is discussed by a Multi-Disciplinary Clinic will have their chart prepared by a cancer nurse navigator with experience in their particular disease.
Their case will be discussed by a panel of providers, including representatives from the oncology specialties of surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, pathology and radiology. Supportive oncology services is a core function for our cancer program.
Dietitians, social workers, and case managers are present during case discussion. The mission of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center’s Cancer MDC program is to ensure that patients and their families are quickly connected with the treatment and supportive care resources they need to fight cancer.
Director, Radiation Oncology
Supervisor, Cancer Services