News Release

April 9, 2008

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

More High Marks for UConn’s Cancer Program

FARMINGTON, CONN. – The Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center has won the highest possible overall rating from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

Facilities awarded “three-year approval with commendation” from the Commission on Cancer are those that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. They must undergo an on-site review every three years to maintain approval.

“This further validates the work of our cancer program,” says Carolyn D. Runowicz, M.D., director of the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“This award from the Commission on Cancer is a recognition of our ongoing commitment to preventing and treating cancer,” says John A. Taylor III, M.D., who chairs the cancer committee and specializes in the treatment of urologic cancers, with a special interest in bladder cancer.

The UConn Health Center first won Commission on Cancer approval in 1977 and has maintained that status ever since.

“We are working on our mission of creating a center of regional excellence based on research, clinical practice, and education in a multidisciplinary, comprehensive team approach,” Runowicz says. “Dr. Taylor and the cancer committee did an outstanding job over the past several years, and it was recognized by the American College of Surgeons.”

According to the Commission on Cancer, patients receiving care at an approved cancer program are ensured access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
  • A multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options.
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.
  • Access to cancer-related information, education and support.
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up.
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
  • Quality care close to home.

More information about the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center is available at

The American College of Surgeons is the world’s largest organization of surgeons, founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the care of the surgical patient. It established the Commission on Cancer, a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients, in 1922. More information is available at and

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