Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers(SM)
The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers(SM) by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). It is the only cancer center in the Triad, and one of only five in the state, awarded this designation.
As part of ongoing efforts to raise overall quality of health care in America, the new cancer designation is an expansion of BCBSA’s Blue Distinction® program. The expansion of the Blue Distinction designation to include the treatment of complex and rare cancers will help a very specific patient population in need of skilled and dedicated facilities that treat these complicated cancers.
“This is further affirmation of the foundation of our Comprehensive Cancer Center – bringing together experts highly-trained in treating specific cancers – to collaborate on identifying and administering the optimal treatment plan for each patient,” said Frank M. Torti, M.D., director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Complex and rare cancers comprise approximately 15 percent of new cancer cases each year, making it difficult for consumers to locate or research an oncologist or surgical team that is experienced in treating these specific malignancies.
Blue Distinction Centers for Complex and Rare Cancers are facilities within participating Blue Cross and Blue Shield network service areas that offer comprehensive inpatient cancer care programs for adults, delivered by multidisciplinary teams with subspecialty training and distinguished clinical expertise in treating complex and rare subtypes of cancer.