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Phoenix VA Health Care System

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Cancer Program

Public Reporting of Outcomes 2012

The Cancer Program at Carl T Hayden VAMC has held continous accreditation by the Commission on Cancer since 1993. Because cancer care is delivered across a spectrum of specialties and in a variety of venues, the Commission on Cancer was established. The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. The CoC conducts a survey of accredited facilities every three years.
The mission of the Carl T Hayden VAMC Cancer Program is to decrease the morbidity and mortality of cancer patients through:

  • Patient education aimed at cancer prevention
  • Evaluation aimed at early and accurate diagnosis
  • Delivery of standard of care oncology treatment within the scope of the patient's wishes
  • Appropriate and timely referral to a full range of supportive services including palliative care and hospice
  • Life-long surveillance for recurrence

The core components of the Cancer Program are:

    Clinical Services - The Cancer Program at Carl T Hayden VAMC offers a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic clinical services either on site or through referral. Imaging, pathology review, surgical interventions, chemotherapy, radiation oncology as well as supportive services such as support groups, palliative care and hospice are available.

    Cancer Committee - The Executive Cancer Committee is a multi disciplinary team consisting of physician representatives from surgery, hematology/oncology, radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology and pathology as well as clinical representatives from oncology nursing, social services, Women's Health Services and the cancer registry.

    Tumor Board - Tumor Board or Tumor Treatment Conference is a multi disciplinary conference held the second, fourth and fifth Fridays of the month at 7:30 am in the ACC rooms. Physician representatives from diagnostic radiology, pathology, surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology review case data and provide recommendations for the consideration of the attending physician and patient. Physicians, residents, nursing and other staff involved in the care of cancer patients are encouraged to attend.

    Quality Improvement - The Executive Cancer Committee initiates or provides guidance for a variety of quality improvement studies and projects focusing on patient outcomes and delivery of care. These studies are often conducted in partnership with the Quality Management department as well as other clinical departments and utilize data from the cancer registry. Studies may focus on treatment and survival patterns as well as timeliness.

    Cancer Registry - The cancer registry collects data on diagnosis, treatment and survival for newly diagnosed cancer cases. These data are utilized in quality improvement and research studies as well as incidence and trends analysis.

Screening and Prevention

The Veterans Health Administration follows the recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) which include screening for cervical, breast and colon cancer.   The Phoenix VAHCS tracks performance measures on cancer screening for these three sites.  Data review is performed by an external agency through (External Peer Review Program).  Data indicates percentage of cases reviewed with documentation of cancer screening.

Contact Info


  • ACC, Internal Medicine Clinic

Contact Number(s)

  • 602-277-5551 Ext. 5286
  • 602-277-5551 Ext. 6143

Hours of Operation

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.