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For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2013


Southcoast surgeon Victor Pricolo, MD, FACS, appointed Cancer Physician Liaison for the Commission on Cancer


Victor Pricolo, MD, FACS


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CHICAGO — Surgeon Victor Pricolo, MD, FACS, Chief of General Surgery and Colorectal Surgery at Southcoast™ Health System, has received a three-year appointment from the Commission on Cancer as Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at Southcoast. Cancer Liaison Physicians serve a fundamental role in cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).

Dr. Pricolo will be responsible for providing leadership for CoC initiatives within the Southcoast Hospitals Group program, and for collaborating with agencies such as the American Cancer Society on behalf of Southcoast. He will also evaluate, interpret and report data from the Southcoast cancer program to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB). This serves to bring quality improvements to cancer care for patients based on data findings.

Dr. Pricolo received his medical degree from the University of Milan, Italy, and completed a surgical residency at Rhode Island Hospital, Brown Medical School in Providence, R.I. He had additional training in surgical research and metabolism, gastrointestinal endoscopy and colon and rectal surgery. Dr. Pricolo is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery. He has lectured nationally and internationally, published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and is actively involved in research protocols to improve treatment outcome and quality of life for patients with a variety of benign and malignant intestinal conditions.

Dr. Pricolo is one of 1,500 volunteering physicians appointed nation-wide to serve as a Cancer Liaison Physician for the CoC. The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and monitoring of comprehensive quality care. For more information on the Cancer Liaison Program, please visit http://www.facs.org/cancer.

About Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care located in Fall River and Fairhaven feature the latest technology in radiation therapy and medical oncology. Highlights of the state of the art facilities include the very latest technology in radiation therapy and medical oncology, advanced diagnostic imaging, fully electronic health records, and spacious semi-private infusion bays. Radiation Oncology services include intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) as well as High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) for Skin and Breast Cancer.

The Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care offer patients a seamless continuum of care throughout Southcoast Health System — a program that supports not only patients' medical needs, but also their emotional and social needs. The care delivered at the centers is complimented by an outstanding cancer team, which includes dedicated medical and radiation oncologists, oncology nurse practitioners and chemotherapy certified nurses, patient navigators, social workers and nutritionists.

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care has formed an exclusive regional affiliation with MD Anderson Physicians Network®. MD Anderson Physicians Network is a subsidiary of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the world's most respected leaders in cancer care and ranked No. 1 in the nation, by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Cancer Hospitals" survey. Combining the region's top cancer provider with the expertise of the nation's leader in cancer care, Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care offers new hope and state-of-the-art care for cancer patients in the South Coast region.

For more information on Southcoast's cancer services visit www.southcoast.org/cancercare/.


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Stephanie Poyant
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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of the community to provide services. More information is available online at www.southcoast.org. Connect to Southcoast through social media at www.southcoast.org/connect/.





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