Each day is special for cancer survivors (w/VIDEO)

July 16, 2014 | by

The best measure of success in the fight against cancer is in lives saved and families intact, in extra days made special simply because they exist.

Yuman Fong, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery at City of Hope, understands what precedes that special awareness. When cancer strikes, one minute a person may feel healthy and young, he says, and in the next, they’re wondering how many years they have left.

In those situations, expertise matters. Commitment to research, knowledge of new therapies, unrelenting dedication to quality and improvement all play a role in the best possible cancer care. City of Hope has those factors. But the best measure of cancer care is cancer outcomes – and City of Hope has those, too.

“Many advanced cancers are curable," said Fong in this recent video. "Seeing an expert makes a difference.... One reason folks like me come to work every day and work so hard is that we have seen the progress that has been made in the last three decades at treating cancers, particularly at cancer centers.”

Data recently presented by City of Hope experts at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting found that access to National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers means better outcomes for patients, including greater likelihood of surviving breast cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer and other cancers. The study, one of the first of its kind, compared outcomes at comprehensive cancer centers to other medical facilities.

To become designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the National Cancer Institute's highest recognition, a hospital must have extensive laboratory, clinical and population-based research, as well as research that bridges those three areas. It must also educate professionals and the public, and show substantial community benefit.

This kind of expertise matters, as the cancer survivors in our video know.

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