LANSING, Mich. — Cutting-edge cancer treatment saves lives, but it takes more than just the latest technology to expertly deliver radiation to fight tumors. That’s why McLaren Greater Lansing’s Karmanos Cancer Institute continues to go above and beyond to ensure it is meeting the highest possible standards of care.
The Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Greater Lansing is now the first and only cancer center in the Lansing region to be accredited as a Center of Excellence in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Facility staff, equipment, treatment-planning and records, as well as patient safety policies and quality control are all among the criteria assessed by the ACR.
The three-year accreditation recognizes what patients at the Karmanos Cancer Institute already know: their radiology treatments are carefully planned and precisely delivered by a team of experts using state-of-the-art equipment to meet specific goals for their individual needs.
“Dynamic treatments require very exact specifications to ensure a patient is receiving optimal dose of radiation,” said Michael Huberts, Karmanos Cancer Institute medical physicist. “We have standard treatment planning objectives across McLaren Health Care for each individual patient that draw from the latest clinical research, to ensure we’re meeting or exceeding standards.”
The accreditation comes after a thorough, rigorous, and all-encompassing on-site review by
board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists.
Their review confirms the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Greater Lansing has, and continues to effectively use, the latest technology to provide cancer treatments that are precisely targeted at a tumor, while minimizing any radiation to the tissue and organs surrounding it.
“Accurate treatments mean we can maximize the radiation to a higher dose comfortably knowing that we’re not causing any unnecessary damage to areas like the heart or lungs,” said Ron Camilleri, Radiation Oncology department manager at Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Greater Lansing. Camilleri added, “Cure rates continue to increase while side effects continue to decrease.”
The Center of Excellence accreditation requires constant review of policies and random on-site surveys to confirm consistent quality of treatments. “We’re proud to be recognized for demonstrating the impeccable quality of care that we have always been delivering,” said Huberts. “We will continue to strive to set the highest possible bar for our treatments now and in the future.”
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