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PHP Cancer Program Receives National Accreditation

Presbyterian Hospital of Plano is dedicated to providing the community with comprehensive cancer care. The hospital has been expanding its services by adding a patient navigator to be an advocate for cancer patients and by opening a radiation oncology center in August.

These efforts have been recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (COC), which recently accredited the cancer program.

“We want to become a destination cancer program,” says Carinsa Gaston, B.S., R.T.T., Oncology Program manager at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. “We are one of the few hospitals in the area with a patient navigator, who acts as a contact and resource for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. We want to offer patients the best care and a full scope of services, from pre-treatment evaluation to end-of-life care.”

What Accreditation Means

To become accredited by the COC, hospitals commit to providing patients with all the necessary services to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and support cancer patients and their families.

Gaston says the accreditation provides community members with an assurance of quality care. The cancer program at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano has demonstrated that it meets
the rigorous standards established by the COC, including:

• Providing comprehensive care for cancer patients, including advanced equipment and services

• Maintaining a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care, meaning healthcare providers from varying fields work together to provide the best treatment options

• Offering a cancer registry that provides lifelong patient follow-up

“Cancer patients seek programs like ours,” Gaston says. “In fact, 80 percent of diagnosed cancer patients will go to hospitals with this seal of approval. They know these centers are held to high standards of performance.”

For more information about cancer care at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, please call
1-800-4-Presby (1-800-477-3729), or visit us online at

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