(Marietta, OH, April 14, 2008) - Srini Vasan, MD, of Marietta, Ohio, recently received a three-year appointment as Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at Marietta Memorial Hospital. Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).
Dr. Vasan is among a national network of over 1,600 volunteer physicians who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain, and support their facilitiesí cancer program. Dr. Vasan is a Radiation Oncologist, who has a significant interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with malignant disease. He is a member of the multidisciplinary cancer committee at Marietta Memorial Hospital, an institution that is dedicated to facilitating the delivery of comprehensive quality care.
Cancer Liaison Physicians are responsible for organizing CoC projects within their cancer program, as well as collaborating and facilitating with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the CoCís National Cancer Database (NCDB). The CoC collects data from its approved cancer programs and provides the tools needed in facilities to assist the analysis of patterns of diagnosis and treatment.
The NCDB currently contains patient demographics, tumor characteristics, treatment, and outcome information for over 21 million malignant cancers diagnosed and treated at hospital cancer programs in the United States between 1985 and 2005. This data accounts for approximately two-thirds of newly diagnosed cancers in the US each year. The Cancer liaison Physician works with the cancer program staff to facilitate the submission, presentation, use and interpretation of NCDB data.
The Commission on Cancer is a consortium of 42 professional organizations dedicated to improving the survival and quality of life for cancer patients. The Commissionís achieves its goal through standard setting, cancer prevention, research, educational activities, as well as monitoring comprehensive quality care. Its membership includes national organizations representing the full range of cancer care and Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico and approximately 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients are treated in these institutions.
For more information on the Cancer Liaison Program and the Commission on Cancer, contact the Commission on Cancer at the American College of Surgeons, 633 N. Saint Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 202-5085 or visit http://www.facs.org/cancer.
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