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Integrated Network Cancer Program CoC


St. Luke's earned national Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation as an Integrated Network Cancer Program (INCP) from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (CoC). This prestigious recognition followed a rigorous survey. St. Luke’s became one of only two health care networks in the state of Pennsylvania to receive this distinction and one of only 51 health care networks nationwide.

  • To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 CoC quality standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. The Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of the triennial survey.
  • Prior to being named an Integrated Network Cancer Program, St. Luke's was the first and only Comprehensive Community Cancer Program in Pennsylvania to earn the CoC's highest quality recognition, the Outstanding Achievement Award, for three consecutive terms (2004, 2007,2010) and the only Pennsylvania program to receive the award in 2010.
  • To be considered an INCP, an organization must have multiple facilities providing integrated cancer care and comprehensive services. All facilities that are part of the network must be CoC-accredited cancer programs. Each entity of the INCP meets performance expectations of quality measures and participates in cancer-related clinical research.
  • The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for St. Luke's to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care.
  • When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services including psychosocial support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors' quality of life.

To make an appointment with a St. Luke’s Cancer expert or for a second opinion, call 484-503-HOPE (4673) to speak with a HOPE Line representative. Toll-free, call St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537).