A cancer center or program is a place or group of locations with the capacity to provide a wide range of cancer care services across the cancer continuum. California’s cancer centers and programs vary by operational structure and certification program participation.
Some are physician-based practices with laboratory, infusion, and care coordination capacities; others are combinations of independent businesses (hospitals, laboratories, imaging centers, and physician groups) engaged in strategic partnerships.
Traditional academic and community-based cancer centers feature affiliated provider groups and participation in networked health systems.
Certification programs acknowledge a center’s delivery of high-quality cancer care, and established care delivery standards, and/or promote quality improvement (QI).
Some cancer centers hold tumor-specific or diagnostic/treatment-specific certification. In contrast, larger centers may specialize in treating a variety of cancers.
Consistent and effective collaboration with California’s cancer centers and programs can improve state-level cancer control because coordinated communication, programming, and dissemination of materials and best practices across the board will increase efficiency, extend reach, and enhance the delivery of culturally-and-linguistically-appropriate cancer control programming and care for the state’s large and diverse population.