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Nationally Recognized Cancer Care in Bakersfield

At The AIS Cancer Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH), our entire team is committed to providing the best possible cancer services to the patients and families who trust us with their care.

One way we can measure how well we're doing in our mission is by the quality awards and recognitions we receive. 

This recognition from the organizations that set guidelines and standards for cancer treatment helps us benchmark our success against the work of other cancer treatment programs all around the country. 

It also means that you don't have to take our word for it when we say we are the best choice for cancer treatment in Kern County.

Cancer Care Accreditations

During our first 3 years of operation, we've been recognized in the following areas.

Full Accreditation Breast Center by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.  During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease.  The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.  A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2013. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Quality breast care close to home

Excellence in lung cancer screening services. Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in Kern County,* which makes lung cancer screening a key community concern. 

The Lung Cancer Alliance recognizes The AIS Cancer Center as a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence. That means we've met rigorous standards involving imaging, follow-up diagnostics and patient care. Before The AIS Cancer Center opened its doors, people in Bakersfield had to travel long distances for lung cancer treatment. Now we provide quality care, close to home.

Superiority in radiation therapy. The Radiation Oncology department at The AIS Cancer Center provides lifesaving radiation treatments for cancers of the breast, lung and other organs. Our radiation technologists are among the best in the nation, and the equipment they work with is top of the line. 

The American College of Radiology provided us with a certificate of accreditation in recognition of our work and the expertise our radiology team delivers to patients each and every day. That award is a testament to the high radiology standards the ACR expects and our team delivers. 

Brilliance in breast cancer treatment. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers found in Kern County*. Regular screening, accurate breast cancer diagnosis and skillful treatment can reduce breast cancer deaths, and we're proud to offer one of the most comprehensive breast cancer treatment centers in San Joaquin Valley.

We are members of the organization National Quality Measures for Breast Centers and are currently working toward certification as a Quality Breast Center of Excellence. 

A Commitment to Providing the Latest Cancer Care

Cancer treatment recommendations are always changing. To help our team stay current, we follow guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Those guidelines detail how specific cancers should be treated and what sorts of cancer treatments are recommended by professionals all around the world. Our adherence to these guidelines helps us to ensure that the care we deliver is truly state-of-the-art. 

*Source: California Cancer Registry