Quality and Outcomes

How our quality and outcomes measure up

Measuring the quality and outcomes of our care helps us – and our patients – understand how well we’re doing in our efforts to improve our patients’ health and lives.

Two key ways that we measure our quality are by comparing our:

  • Patient survival rates to national averages
  • Patient care to national standards for “best practices”

Cancer Patient Survival

The ultimate goal of cancer treatment is to help patients survive the disease and live long, healthy lives. A common outcome measure tracked for many types of cancer is the 5-year survival rate – that is, how many patients are still alive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. In the clinical outcome charts below, the percentage of people living 5 years after diagnosis is displayed by the extent of the cancer when it was diagnosed. These survival rates reflect death from any cause, and it’s possible that some patients may have died from causes unrelated to their cancer. All cancer patients are unique, and how long you will live with or beyond cancer depends on many factors such as the stage of your cancer, your age, your responses to treatment and your overall health.

Standards of Cancer Care

National Standards of Cancer Care

Patients treated according to national guidelines for cancer care have the best survival rates and quality of life. Providence Cancer Institute meets or exceeds the targets set by the Commission on Cancer (CoC).