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Cancer Centers of North Carolina Receives Prestigious Accreditation
Date:5/14/2008

RALEIGH, N.C., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer Centers of North Carolina's diagnostic imaging service has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Radiation oncologists Dr. John F. Reilly and Dr. K. Kolby Sidhu lead the practice's radiation oncology program, which provides patients with state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic radiology services, including Computed Tomography (CT) and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT).

"We are thrilled to receive the ACR's accreditation because it signals to the community that our patients and our future patients receive unparalleled, cutting-edge cancer care services. This reflects our commitment to excellence and is a significant validation from our national peers and colleagues," said Dr. Reilly.

Radiation oncology is the medical use of ionizing radiation as part of cancer treatment to eradicate cancer cells. Physicians can use it as primary therapy, but it is also frequently combined with surgery, chemotherapy and/or hormone therapy. Computed Tomography (CT) scanning is the use of radiation to accurately visualize and evaluate cancerous tumors anywhere in the body.

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Nationally board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field conduct the evaluations. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR's Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

About Cancer Centers of North Carolina

Cancer Centers of North Carolina (CCNC) has been providing comprehensive cancer care and hematology services in the Greater Triangle area since 1979. Beginning as a single physician practice, originally named Raleigh Hematology Oncology, CCNC has grown to include a physician staff of 14 medical oncologists, two radiation oncologists, and the area's only head and neck surgical oncologist. The practice, which now offers services in five locations throughout the area, provides advanced, state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic services, including administration of chemotherapy, biologic and targeted therapies, Computed Tomography (CT), Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), laboratory and pharmacy services, and an extensive clinical trials program connecting patients to leading cancer investigators around the country. Services are provided in the context of a pleasant, convenient, community-based outpatient setting, where the focus is on patients and their families. CCNC brings the best of medical science and cancer care support services together in one organization, offering nutrition counseling, lymphedema services, physical therapy consultation and fitness programs, social services, stress management, support groups, social services and financial counseling. Practice sites are located in Raleigh, Northern Wake County, Cary, Clayton and Dunn. For information, call (919)-781-7070 or visit http://www.CancerCentersofNC.com .


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