Sarah Cannon at The Medical Center of Aurora


At the Sarah Cannon/HealthONE Cancer Network, we continually monitor quality indicators and outcomes to improve patient care. These measures include evidence-based guidelines. Providing care according to the recommendations of the Commission on Cancer, as well as the National Quality Forum (NQF), the American Society of Oncology (ASCO), and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) , is more likely to result in high quality patient outcomes.

The Medical Center of Aurora is proud of our outcomes on these key Cancer Program measures. Our multidisciplinary approach with collaboration among physicians, clinicians, and nurse navigators improves communication, coordination of care, and effective treatment for our patients.


2016 Cancer Care Outcomes

Radiation is administered within 1 year (365 days) of diagnosis for women under the age of 70 receiving breast conserving surgery for breast cancer (Accountability)

The Medical Center of Aurora 91.3%
All Comprehensive Community Care Programs 91.7%
Colorado State 93.6%
All Commission on Cancer Approved Programs 91.5%

Image or palpation-guided needle biopsy to the primary site is performed to establish diagnosis of breast cancer (QI)

The Medical Center of Aurora 96%
All Comprehensive Community Care Programs 91.4%
Colorado State 90.9%
All Commission on Cancer programs 91.4%

Combination Chemotherapy is recommended or administered within 4 months (120 days) of diagnosis for women under 70 with AJCC T1cN0 or stage IB-III hormone receptor negative breast cancer (Accountability)

The Medical Center of Aurora 100%
All Comprehensive Community Care Programs 93.4%
Colorado State 94.8%
All Commission on Cancer programs 93.1%

At least 12 regional lymph nodes are removed and pathologically examined for resected colon cancer (Quality Improvement)

The Medical Center of Aurora 100%
All Comprehensive Community Care Programs 92.4%
Colorado State 94.1%
All Commission on Cancer programs 92.8%

Adjuvant chemotherapy is recommended or administered within 4 months (120 days) of diagnosis for patients under the age of 80 with AJCC stage III (lymph node positive) colon cancer (Accountability)

The Medical Center of Aurora 100%
All Comprehensive Community Care Programs 88.7%
Colorado State 93.1%
All Commission on Cancer programs 88.5%

Systemic chemotherapy is administered within 4 months to day preoperatively or day of surgery to 6 months postop, or it is recommended for surgically resected cases with pathologic lymph node positive (pN1) and (pN2) NSCLC (Quality Improvement)

The Medical Center of Aurora 100%
All Comprehensive Community Care Programs 90.4%
Colorado State 100%
All Commission on Cancer programs 90.7%

References: American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer, Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care, 2016 Edition, Standard 1.12.

DEFINITION AND REQUIREMENTS

Each year, the cancer committee develops and disseminates a report of patient or program outcomes to the public. The content of the report includes outcome information on 1 or more of the following standards:

  • Standard 4.1 Prevention Programs
  • Standard 4.2 Screening Programs
  • Standard 4.4 Accountability Measures – these will be the measures that we will use
  • Standard 4.5 Quality Improvement Measures – these will be the measures that we will use
  • Standard 4.6 Monitoring Compliance with Evidence-Based Guidelines
  • Standard 4.7 Studies of Quality
  • Standard 4.8 Quality Improvements