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EQUICARE CS Cancer Survivorship Case Management Software Listed as a "Best Practices" Resource by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (COC)
Date:5/29/2012

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- EQUICARE CS, a cancer survivorship case management software program jointly offered by Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) and Equicare Health, Inc., has been included by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) in its "Best Practices Repository." The repository is a list of resources designed to help cancer treatment centers in the U.S. adopt rigorous standards for high-quality patient-centered care, in order to qualify to become CoC-accredited cancer programs.

There are over 13 million cancer patients currently living in the U.S., and the number is expected to grow to 18 million by 2020. Only a very small number of cancer treatment centers are set up to deliver survivorship care once treatment is over. Nevertheless, after treatment for cancer, many patients require post-treatment follow-up care for late effects of treatment, secondary cancers, and quality of life issues. Some need further diagnostic testing, or nutritional and counseling services. 

"Cancer survivors benefit most when they have access to coordinated post-treatment care," said Malcolm Wright, vice president of product management at Equicare Health. "Therefore, the CoC has mandated that all organizations seeking their accreditation will have to create a formal plan for delivering survivorship care by 2014, and they will have to implement that plan by 2015. EQUICARE CS can help them comply with these requirements."

According to the American College of Surgeons, CoC accreditation is a voluntary commitment by a cancer program that ensures patients will have access to a full scope of services required to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, and support patients with cancer and their families. By 2015, all CoC-accredited institutions will have to produce survivorship care plans for each of their patients, in
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