Comprehensive Cancer Center

20140326_CVMC_0055Outstanding Cancer Care
Our Comprehensive Cancer Center was the first in the area to achieve accreditation from the American College of Surgeons as a comprehensive community hospital cancer program – making us one of just over 1,400 cancer programs to receive this honor in the United States. This translates into an outstanding continuum of care that includes leading edge diagnosis and treatments, talented staff, and the best medical equipment and support available.

Value of an Accredited Cancer Program
Accreditation of a cancer center is granted only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment and is able to comply with established standards created by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. During the survey process, each standard is measured and backed up by documentation to agree with the scoring. The standards include comprehensive care with a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment, a team approach to coordinate the best treatment options, access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education and support services, information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options, a cancer registry that gathers information on cancer shared with the National Cancer Database and offers lifelong patient follow-up. This information is used in statistical research on cancer. There is ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care and an accredited cancer program provides quality care close to home. Being part of an accredited cancer program allows our cancer center to benchmark with other facilities and provides information to the public that will allow a cancer patient to make an informed decision choosing the right place for quality cancer care. Catawba Valley Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Program has been accredited since the year 2000. Each year, an Annual Report is published to review the latest news and accomplishments of our cancer center.

Comprehensive Cancer Center Services
In addition to the menu at right, the following innovative programs and services are offered at CVMC:

Inpatient Oncology Unit
Provides specialized care and service to adult patients and their families. A predominantly registered-nurse staff is specially trained to care for cancer patients, from newly diagnosed patients to palliation, in private, home-like rooms. The Oncology Unit also provides care for patients with hematological disorders.

Screenings and Seminars – Regularly offered information sessions and cancer screenings cover everything from breast cancer to prostate cancer, making early detection our most important step in the fight against the disease.

Psychosocial Assessment – An oncology clinical social worker assists the oncology staff in assessing psychosocial needs of inpatient and outpatient cancer patients upon arrival to identify needs and recommend services, such as Spiritual Care, support groups, transition programs, and palliative care or hospice services.

Clinical Resource Management – Registered nurses and medical social workers identify services to meet ongoing patient and family needs including:

Arranging for equipment needs, home health care, hospice nursing assistance, and other community resource referrals as appropriate

Arranging for equipment needs, home health care, hospice nursing assistance, and other community resource referrals as appropriate

Reviewing financial concerns and making appropriate referrals

Counseling the patient and/or family during times of emotional crisis

Discussing end of life decisions with the patient/family and providing counseling as appropriate

Coordinating discharge planning

Dedicated Cancer Nurse Navigators
A healthcare professional who serves to support and educate cancer patients and their families. All Cancer Resource Nurses are experienced oncology nurses with an extensive knowledge of cancer, cancer treatments, and local community resources available to patients and their families. Nationally certified through the Oncology Nursing Society, this nurse can help you or your loved one manage the side effects of treatment.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
A certified wound and ostomy nurse involved with the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic wounds and the management of patients with ostomies and continent diversions.

Cancer Registry
As required by law, newly diagnosed cancer cases are reported to the North Carolina Central Cancer Registry as well as to the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer’s National Cancer Database. In accordance with guidelines set by the American College of Surgeons, the Registry’s primary functions are collection of relevant data on all malignant and selected benign neoplasms; continued lifetime follow-up; distribution of cancer information; and participation in hospital-based, state, and national studies and research projects.

Pathologists from Piedmont Pathology provide 24-hour service for intraoperative frozen section diagnoses, reports on tissue biopsies, and resection specimens to determine malignancies; the size and type of cancer; grading and staging of the tumor; and molecular features of the tumor.

Laboratory Services
CVMC’s clinical laboratory performs diagnostic testing and monitoring, including blood tests, chemical analysis, microbiological services and blood bank services. The lab is Joint Commission-accredited and CAP (College of American Pathologists) certified with distinction; the Blood Bank is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks.

Multidisciplinary Team
Multidisciplinary team meetings allow the oncology staff to discuss information about patients, determine treatment and identify discharge needs.

Operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Drug distribution is supported by services that optimize drug therapy and assure patient safety.

Spiritual Care
Assures that spiritual care and emotional support are available to help cancer patients and their families find the strength, comfort, hope and meaning they need to transcend the challenges of the illnesses they face. Our Parish Nursing program provides patients with assistance in meeting treatment appointments, in clarifying possible side effects and expectations of treatment, providing spiritual support from the patient’s traditional faith, and offering support with any necessary lifestyle modifications. When Hospice or Home Health is involved, parish nurses can serve as complementary care team members who primarily focus on spiritual and emotional support.

Nutrition Care Services
Provides food and nutrition services specially designed to meet the unique nutritional needs of oncology patients. This department analyzes the expected outcomes of nutritional therapy, ensures that each patient receives adequate oral intake to meet individual nutritional needs, and works to minimize nutrition-related side effects common to current cancer treatments.

Patients can access the Comprehensive Cancer Center by using 11th Ave. Entrance and complementary valet parking.
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Medical Services