The Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology. Radiation oncology is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.
“This accreditation is an affirmation of the dedication of our team of providers and the exceptional quality of care we provide,” said Dr. Peter Kragel, director of the cancer center and interim chair of radiation oncology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. “The people of eastern North Carolina can take advantage of the outstanding multidisciplinary care provided right here in Greenville, and rest assured that they are getting care that is recognized as being of the highest quality.”
The ACR-ASTRO seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific practice guidelines and technical standards developed by ACR and ASTRO after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed.
The cancer center was first accredited in 2006. Six other radiation oncology sites in North Carolina are ACR-ASTRO accredited.