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Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer publishes 2010 Cancer Annual Report

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Nevada’s first accredited breast center exceeds standards of quality care

Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer recently released its 2010 Annual Report, which highlights the accomplishments and research milestones the Center has made in the past two years. Included in the report are patient testimonials, national quality measures, cancer registry data and clinical trial information.

Since its opening in 2006, Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer has become a well-respected provider in the community, offering high-quality and compassionate care to cancer patients in northern Nevada. As noted by the hospital Cancer Registry, the Center identified 1,070 new cases in calendar year 2009 with a lifetime follow-up rate of 97 percent, far exceeding national requirements. Additionally, the most prevalent cancers seen at the Center include breast, lung, prostate, colon and bladder, encompassing 54 percent of all newly diagnosed cases.

“Saint Mary’s has a longstanding commitment to the northern Nevada community and we have worked hard over the last year to provide exceptional care to our patients,” said Patty Sredy, administrative director of oncology services at Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer. “Our No. 1 goal has always been to provide the best outcomes for patients and we follow an integrated, collaborative approach that ensures success.”

In Dec. 2010, Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer was named the first accredited breast center in Nevada by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Patients visiting an accredited breast center, like the one at Saint Mary’s, have access to the latest and most innovative resources in breast cancer treatment and technologies such as drug therapies, testing, screening and surgical techniques. The Center was also ranked No. 1 in the state by the National Cancer Database as surpassing quality measures for breast and colon cancers.

“Without the support and engagement of our physicians, we could not have accomplished all that we did. We have an outstanding team of doctors and clinic staff and we commend their efforts to make cancer care in our region at its best,” said Sredy.

Over the next year, the Center for Cancer will seek re-accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer and will expand its programs and services for patients.

To learn more about Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer and to view the 2010 Annual Report, visit http://www.saintmarysreno.org/stellent/groups/public/@xinternet_con_smr/documents/webcontent/200326.pdf.

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About Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer

Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer (SMCC) is an accredited Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. The Center serves as a leader in cancer research, patient care, survivorship and professional and public education. Home to the most advanced technology, SMCC offers the region’s only CyberKnife, a non-invasive radiation delivery system that offers pinpoint accuracy when treating tumors. In Dec. 2010, SMCC received accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, becoming the first accredited breast program in the state. For more information about Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer please call (775) 770-7410.

About Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s Network is a fully-integrated, faith-based health system in Reno, Nev. founded in 1908 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.  The network is comprised of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, an acute-care hospital, providing inpatient, outpatient and wellness services; Saint Mary’s Health Plans, a statewide insurance provider with more than 40,000 members; and Saint Mary’s Medical Group, a network of physicians and other health professionals offering primary and urgent care, retail clinics and specialty healthcare.  A member of Catholic Healthcare West, Saint Mary’s is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of our community. For more information, visit our website at www.saintmarysreno.org.