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UCI cancer unit garners high marks from American Society of Clinical Oncology

Designation demonstrates that the facility meets strict standards for patient care.

BY Jennifer ChinPublished: July 27, 2010 02:23 PM

The division of hematology and oncology at UCI's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is among the nation's first practices to garner the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s certification for high-quality patient care.

The Quality Oncology Practice Initiative – or QOPI – demonstrates that a facility meets strict standards for top-quality cancer treatment.

“We are incredibly proud to have attained this three-year certification,” said Dr. Randall F. Holcombe, chief of the hematology and oncology division. “It underscores our commitment to excellence in patient care and demonstrates the high level of clinical service we provide for our patients with cancer and blood disorders.”

The voluntary program was launched by the American Society of Clinical Oncology in 2006 as a way of helping outpatient practices rate the quality of their care. The initiative includes 80 standards and lets facilities compare their data to others across the nation, as well as identify improvements.

"From a patient perspective, QOPI certification is like a beacon identifying an oncology practice as one that meets all national guidelines for quality care," said Holcombe. "It will help patients and their families make informed decisions about where to get the best treatment for cancer and blood disorders."

The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center pursues research in areas such as gastrointestinal, skin, prostate, breast and gynecological diseases.

Additionally, the center is Orange County's only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer facility, which allows patients to participate in clinical trials and receive treatments, according to a statement from UCI.

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