Some types of cancers are more likely to spread to bones. When cancer affects bones, it causes pain and impairs function. Research has proven that short-term use of radiation to shrink tumors is useful in helping control pain from bone cancer, with few side effects. This measure shows how often patients with cancer in the bone receive this recommended treatment.
How does UAB Medicine perform?
|Timely & Effective Measures||National Average||Alabama Average||UAB Hospital||Comparison Analysis|
|Cancer care: percentage of patients receiving appropriate radiation therapy for cancer that has spread to the bone||86%||85%||95%|
What is UAB Medicine doing to improve?
UAB Medicine is home to the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, which is one of only 50 cancer centers in the nation designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. The designation is awarded to cancer centers that meet robust standards for cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research that focuses on improving cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. UAB Medicine initiated a Cancer Community Network in 2010 that provides improved access to our cancer experts by partnering with local physicians in 10 communities across Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee to share the latest research and evidence-based guidelines.
- Every patient is evaluated by our cancer specialists using a multidisciplinary team approach to develop a comprehensive treatment plan specifically designed to meet the needs of each patient.