What makes an outstanding cancer center?  How can patients and referring physicians determine which is best?

Terry Langbaum, chief administrative officer at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, offers seven key qualities of a top-notch cancer center.  This list is published in Becker's Hospital Review.  In the article, Langbaum notes points that include:

-- availability of highly-specific sub-specialties, adding to the breadth of expertise at cancer centers

-- power in numbers, providing a means for higher levels of safety and expert care when there are teams of health professionals involved

-- National Cancer Institute designation as a comprehensive cancer center

-- nursing staff are rigorously trained in cancer care

-- strength in all facets of cancer care, from diagnosis to treatment and research

-- abundant support services for patients and families, including financial, spiritual, educational and counseling support

-- availability of wide range of clinical trials and research programs

Read the article.  What other qualities of top cancer centers can you add?

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