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Published on July 10, 2015

Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute Honored for Excellence in the Care and Treatment of Lung Cancer Patients

Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Center of ExcellenceThe Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) awarded Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute (Gibbs), the official designation as a Community Hospital Center of Excellence. The ALCF Centers of Excellence award recognizes community hospitals for their individualized care and treatment of lung cancer patients.

As a Community Hospital Center of Excellence, Gibbs has implemented the standard of care required by the ALCF’s Centers of Excellence Program. The program’s hallmark standard ensures all patients receive genomic testing to monitor for specific disease states and determine potential options for precision medicine and targeted treatment. Additional standards include an individualized approach to care, patient access to new diagnostic tools and therapeutic techniques, and an emphasis on early detection and patient follow-up.

Gibbs follows the ALCF’s successful pilot program at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California. Preliminary metrics from the 2013 pilot program highlight that patient outcomes improved dramatically during the pilot stage’s first year.

  • 100 percent of pilot program patients received molecular testing
  • The time from diagnosis to treatment improved 77 percent, from a national average of 45 days down to 10 days
  • 62 percent of program patients underwent tumor board review 100 percent patient satisfaction
  • 26 percent of treated patients were diagnosed at stage 2B or lower

While the understanding of lung cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment has improved, additional work needs to be done. In 2015 alone, more than 221,200 new lung cancer cases will be identified in the U.S., and the American Cancer Society estimates more than 158,000 Americans will die of the disease.

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