December 20, 2021
St. Mark's Hospital recently earned Utah's first & only rectal cancer program accreditation from ACS Cancer Programs' National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) of the American College of Surgeons. It is a three-year accreditation. To achieve voluntary NAPRC accreditation, a rectal center must demonstrate compliance with the NAPRC standards addressing program management, clinical services, and quality improvement for patients. Centers are required to establish a multidisciplinary rectal cancer team that includes clinical representatives from surgery, pathology, radiology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology.
Watch this inspiring story from KSL 5 TV about our brave patient, Mary Liefting, and her fight against colon cancer. Mary says she knew she could handle the task-at-hand thanks to her colorectal surgeon, Dr. Michelle Murday.
“Colon cancer is actually usually silent. By the time you have symptoms in many cases, it’s progressed to the point where you’re going to require chemotherapy or we may not be able to cure the disease.”