HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress announced in an Oct. 20 news release the hospital received cancer care accreditations from The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and The Commission on Cancer, both of which are administered by the American College of Surgeons.

Breast centers must comply with NAPBC standards of leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvements for patients and must be visited every three years by an NAPBC representative, according to the release. For patients, this means they can expect comprehensive care, a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment, and information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.

On top of the requirements by the NAPBC, HCA North Cypress’s cancer program met the CoC’s 34 quality care standards, which are also evaluated every three years. Accreditation with the CoC provides the hospital with the framework needed to improve the quality of patient care through a series of cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care, including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, lifelong follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care.

For patients, this also means they can have access to clinical trials and new treatments; genetic counseling; and patient-centered services, including psycho-social support, patient navigation processes and a survivorship care plan that documents the care received and aims to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

“When patients seek care at our Cancer Center, they are gaining access to nationally accredited, comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home,” said Jim Brown, CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress, in a statement. “I am proud of our team for achieving these accreditations and for the extraordinary care they deliver daily to our patients battling cancer.”