Carolinas HealthCare System
Vol. 2 Issue 4

CMC-University Earns Gold

The Joint Commission Carolinas Medical Center-University has earned the nationally recognized Gold Seal of Approval™ and Disease-Specific Care Certification in Prostate Cancer from The Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission awarded the hospital certification after performing an extensive on-site review and making sure the hospital demonstrated compliance with nationally developed standards for prostate cancer care. The program will be re-evaluated once every two years.

“It took a lot of hard work by every member of our team and a continued commitment to a care delivery model resulting from evidencebased practice,” says board-certified urologist Roberto Ferraro, MD. “This certification provides us a framework to take our prostate cancer program to the next level and creates a culture of excellence at CMC-University.

Patient Navigator Academy a Success

In September 2012, Levine Cancer Institute held its second annual Patient Navigator Academy, highlighting excellence in patient care.

Bladder Cancer Update

Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD, president of Levine Cancer Institute, was honored to contribute as Guest Editor in the periodical, Seminars in Oncology, Vol. 39, No. 5, Oct. 2012.

Dr. Raghavan wrote the introduction and was a contributing researcher, with Earle Burgess, MD, Kris Gaston, MD, Michael Haake, MD, and Steve Riggs, MD, from the Institute, for the article “Neoadjuvant and Adjuvant Chemotherapy Approaches for Invasive Bladder Cancer.” He collaborated on another article, “Small Cell Bladder Cancer: Biology and Management,” with researchers from the University of Southern California and the University of Miami.

Integrative Oncology Symposium: Feb. 8

Patients shouldn't have to take risks to participate more fully in their cancer treatment. Integrative Oncology helps fill the void.

A diagnosis of cancer affects people physically, emotionally and spiritually during treatment and beyond. Thus, an individualized approach that focuses on all aspects of a person’s life is required to optimize their health and healing. Integrative Oncology promotes the adoption of a healthy diet and lifestyle habits, as well as the use of select complementary therapies, as adjuncts to exceptional conventional medical care to help reduce symptoms of cancer and its treatment, enhance quality of life and hasten healing.

Consider this: An estimated 30 to 80 percent of cancer patients use some form of alternative medicine during treatment, often without their caregivers’ knowledge. This can prove dangerous, yet do you know what to tell a patient who asks about vitamins and supplements or acupuncture, or massage therapy? Few conventional medical providers do.

Levine Cancer Institute is out to change this situation.

On Friday, Feb. 8, we will hold our inaugural Integrative Oncology Symposium at the Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel. Speakers will address the theories behind and the practice of complementary therapies, review research on safety and efficacy and offer recommendations about therapies that can relieve symptoms cancer patients commonly face, including fatigue, insomnia and peripheral neuropathy.

Patients and their family members are invited to meet in a relaxed setting, and you can learn how to guide patients in the proper use of complementary therapies. You might even leave a little healthier yourself.

Charlotte AHECFor more information, call Tamara Tillman at 704-512-6534. If you are a healthcare professional and would like to receive 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ or .68 CEUs through attendance, please register through the Charlotte AHEC website at

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