Anup Lal, MD, received a three-year appointment as Cancer Liaison Physician
for the cancer program at Lake Huron Medical Center. Cancer Liaison Physicians
are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the American College
of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).
Dr. Lal is among a national network of more than 1,500 volunteer physicians
who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish,
maintain and support their facilities’ cancer programs. Dr. Lal,
who has a significant interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients
with malignant diseases, is a member of the multidisciplinary cancer committee
at Lake Huron Medical Center.
“As a valued member of the team at Lake Huron Medical Cancer Center,
Dr. Lal is a critical in facilitating the delivery of comprehensive quality
cancer care,” comments Jay de los Reyes, Lake Huron Medical Center
CEO. “Knowing Dr. Lal’s expertise is reaching far beyond our
community is commendable and shows his dedication to developing advanced
treatment options for cancer.”
Cancer Liaison Physicians are responsible for evaluating, interpreting
and reporting their facilities’ performance data through the National
Cancer Data Base (NCDB) and facilitating quality improvement initiatives
based on data findings. In addition, the Cancer Liaison Physician is responsible
for leading CoC initiatives within the cancer program and collaborating
with agencies such as the American Cancer Society on behalf of LHMC.
The CoC collects data from its accredited cancer programs and provides
tools for these programs to facilitate analysis of patterns of diagnosis,
treatment and quality of care for patients treated at the hospital.
The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the Commission
on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) and the American
Cancer Society (ACS), is a nationwide oncology outcomes database for more
than 1,500 Commission-accredited cancer programs in the United States
and Puerto Rico. Some 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cases of cancer
in the United States are captured at the institutional level and reported
to the NCDB. The Cancer Liaison Physician works with the cancer program
staff to facilitate the submission, presentation, use and interpretation
of the NCDB data. Analyzing and sharing these data with the cancer committee
can have a positive impact on cancer patient care at LHMC.
The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving
survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting,
prevention, research, education and monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
For more information on the Cancer Liaison Program contact firstname.lastname@example.org
, the Commission on Cancer at the American College of Surgeons, 633 N.
Saint Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-202-5085; or visit www.facs.org/cancer.