Catawba County Comprehensive Cancer Center
Outstanding Cancer Care
The Catawba Valley Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center was the first
in the area to achieve accreditation from the American College of Surgeons
as a comprehensive community hospital cancer program – making us
one of just over 1,400 cancer programs to receive this honor in the United
States. This translates into an outstanding continuum of care that includes
leading edge diagnosis and treatments, talented staff, and the best medical
equipment and support available.
Value of an Accredited Cancer Program
Accreditation of a cancer center is granted only to those facilities that
have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and
treatment and is able to comply with established standards created by
the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. During the
survey process, each standard is measured and backed up by documentation
to agree with the scoring.
The standards measured for a Cancer Program Accreditation include:
- Comprehensive care with a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
- A team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
- Access to prevention and early detection programs
- Cancer education and support services
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
- A cancer registry that shares information with the National Cancer Database
offers lifelong patient follow-up
Being part of an accredited cancer program allows our cancer center to
benchmark with other facilities and provides information to the public
that will allow a cancer patient to make an informed decision choosing
the right place for their care.
Comprehensive Cancer Center Services
Inpatient Oncology Unit - This specialty unit is staffed by registered nurses who have received extensive
training focused on cancer care and chemotherapy administration through
the Oncology Nursing Society. This specialized care is provided for cancer
patients, from newly diagnosed to palliation, in private, home-like rooms.
The Inpatient Oncology Unit also provides care for patients with hematological
Screenings and Seminars – Regularly offered information sessions and cancer screenings cover everything
from breast cancer to prostate cancer, making early detection our most
important step in the fight against the disease.
Psychosocial Assessment – An oncology clinical social worker assists the oncology staff in assessing
psychosocial needs of inpatient and outpatient cancer patients upon arrival
to identify needs and recommend services, such as Spiritual Care,
support groups, transition programs, and palliative medicine or hospice services.
Clinical Resource Management – Registered nurses and medical social workers identify services to meet
ongoing patient and family needs such as counseling and financial assistance.
Dedicated Cancer Nurse Navigators – Nurse Navigators are experienced oncology nurses with extensive
knowledge of cancer, cancer treatments, and local community resources
available to patients and their families. Nurse Navigators are available
to assist patients and families at any point during their cancer journey.
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) – A certified wound and ostomy nurse involved with the prevention
and treatment of acute and chronic wounds and the management of patients
with ostomies and continent diversions.
Pathology – Pathologists from Piedmont Pathology provide 24-hour service for
intraoperative frozen section diagnoses, reports on tissue biopsies, and
resection specimens to determine malignancies; the size and type of cancer;
grading and staging of the tumor; and molecular features of the tumor.
Laboratory Services – CVMC’s clinical laboratory performs diagnostic testing and
monitoring, including blood tests, chemical analysis, microbiological
services and blood bank services. The lab is Joint Commission-accredited
and CAP (College of American Pathologists) certified with distinction;
the Blood Bank is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks.
Multidisciplinary Team – Multidisciplinary team meetings allow the oncology staff to discuss
information about patients, determine treatment and identify discharge needs.
Pharmacy – CVMC's main pharmacy operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The
Cancer Center is supported by a dedicated pharmacy staff specially trained
to prepare and safely distribute chemotherapy, biotherapy, and many other
treatments used in the infusion center.
Spiritual Care – Chaplains are available as needed to assure that spiritual and emotional
support are available to help cancer patients and their families find
the strength, comfort, hope and meaning they need to transcend the challenges
of the illnesses they face. Our Parish Nursing program provides patients
with assistance in meeting treatment appointments, in clarifying possible
side effects and expectations of treatment, providing spiritual support
from the patient’s traditional faith, and offering support with
any necessary lifestyle modifications.
Nutrition Care Services – Provides food and nutrition services specially designed to meet the unique
nutritional needs of oncology patients. This department ensures that each
patient receives adequate oral intake to meet individual nutritional needs.