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Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center (SNCC) has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities that meet specific Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards developed by the ACR after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

"We are very proud of this accomplishment. To offer our patients the best radiation oncology care is our top priority," said Joseph Kam Chiu, MD, SNCC Radiation Oncologist.

Patient care, treatment delivery, patient safety, personnel qualifications, state of the art equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. These findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement. SNCC was able to pass this level after the first review, something that is only achieved by approximately three percent of clinics that are seeking accreditation nationwide.

"This accreditation is the result of months of hard work by our doctors, physicists, dosimetrists and therapists. I'm extremely proud of the individualized care we are providing this community," says Mark Joseph Stavas, MD, SNCC Radiation Oncologist. "This external evaluation is a testament to our quality; very few free-standing facilities in the entire state of Nebraska hold this accreditation," said Dr. Chiu.

Radiation Therapy is the use of various forms of radiation to safely and effectively treat cancer. Often it is given for cure, but it can also be used to reduce the symptoms of cancer and improve quality of life. Approximately 50 percent of cancer patients will receive radiation during the course of their illness.

SNCC provides comprehensive cancer care in Lincoln and eleven communities in Southeast Nebraska. It is composed of seven medical oncologists and two radiation oncologists along with multiple supportive care services, combining advanced medical oncology and radiation oncology at two locations in Lincoln. For more information about SNCC visit leadingcancercare.com.

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