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he highly-anticipated 2020 Sugar Plum Marketplace will take on a virtual form this holiday shopping season.The market will be held Nov.3 - 8 in a new, professionally-designed online plat-
form. The marketplace is presented by nonprofit organization Fort Bend Junior Service League and title sponsor Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. To prioritize the health and safety of volunteers, patrons, and vendors, this year’s virtual marketplace will take the place of the in-person Sugar Plum Market – the annual fundraiser organized by FBJSL. Since its inception in 2001, this event has raised over $3.2 million. These funds directly benefit charitable organizations as well as scholarship funds supporting education, volunteerism, and community service. Tickets are priced at only $15 each and are available for purchase on www.sugarplummarketplace.com. Discounted ticket bundles are also offered online.Ticket perks include the following: • Each ticket purchase is equivalent to a charitable donation. • Shoppers have access to over 100 unique, boutique-style vendors throughout the duration of the event. • Every single vendor is offering shopping incentives exclusively for ticketholders. • Ticketholders have access to a Mystery Jewelry Pull hosted by Kendra Scott Sugar Land. For more information visit www.fbjsl.org.
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The 11th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee returns
here is a buzz around Fort Bend County for the Literacy Council’s 11th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling. The event, presented by CenterPoint Energy and Houston Federal Credit Union, is scheduled for Nov. 12, from 6 -9 p.m. at Quail Valley Golf Course & City Centre.
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This year’s Grown-Up Spelling Bee is co-chaired by Taylor Connor and Fallon Moody. Funds raised through the Spelling Bee support the mission of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County to improve families, the community, and professional lives through adult literacy education. Last year, the Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee raised over $46,000. The council expanded its sponsorship opportunities this year. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available, ranging from $500-$5,000 and have perks for businesses or organizations.There is also an opportunity to sponsor a team. Smaller sponsorships are also available: • “Bee a Word” sponsor for $200, where participants get to
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fter the cancellation of its initial face-to-face 40th-anniversary celebration, “Journey of Hope,” months ago, the Fort Bend Women’s Center announced the event would continue, but in a different fashion. The center plans to celebrate with a virtual event, complete with an eclectic mix of conversations, live performances, auction items, and testimonials featuring some of the most influential voices from within the agency and beyond. This virtual “Journey of Hope” will be held Nov. 12 from 7-8 p.m.To register and receive the Watch Party link, visit fbwc.org. About the Fort Bend Women’s Center Since 1980, Fort Bend Women’s Center has helped over 50,000 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2019, the center served more than 395 sexual assault survivors. The center’s services are free, and it operates a 24/7 emergency hotline (281-342-HELP) with a newly-launched online Chat feature at www.fbwc.org to help victims in danger.The Fort Bend Women’s Center also provides 24/7 emergency response for victims of sexual assault.
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GARDENING TIPS Wait! Don't throw away those fallen leaves by CHRIS TAYLOR | Associate Fort Bend County Master Gardener
e sometimes think of the fallen leaves in our yards this time of year as a nuisance, or worse. People rake up and throw away fallen leaves for trash pickup without realizing that they are rich in nutrients for your landscape. It has been estimated that up to 20 percent of the solid waste generated by Texans comes from landscape wastes, including tree leaves. So before you go through the process of raking and bagging up all of those leaves for the trash man, consider adding the leaves to your gardens. In fact, if your neighbors are bagging their fall leaves for the trash you can use those, too. Your plants will thank you, and your trash man will thank you, too! WHY AMEND YOUR SOIL WITH LEAVES? Our soil along the Gulf Coast is generally a nutrient-poor, claydominated soil that needs nutrients added on a regular basis. While there are plenty of options that help to add nutrients to the soil, such as compost and fertilizers, we often overlook the value of our tree leaves as part of this solution. It has been established that one acre of trees will shed up to two tons of leaves each fall. That’s a lot of leaves that can benefit your soil. This natural carpet of leaves over the soil helps to conserve moisture, modify temperatures, and reduce clay compaction. The bacteria, fungi and other organisms already in the soil will decompose the leaves.This is like having a free, time-release fertilizer for your plants. Incredibly, they still contain 50-80 percent of the nutrients that they had as a living part of your tree. The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service’s Earth-Kind® Landscaping program has published several articles about how to use fallen leaves. One article in particular, “Don’t Bag It – Leaf Management Plan,” is very helpful and can provide you with more detailed information. To read the article visit aggie-horticulture. tamu.edu/earthkind/landscape/leaf. HOW TO USE YOUR LEAVES: Mowing • If there is a light covering of fallen leaves on your lawn, mowing them (mulching mowers are best) will shred and distribute them on the lawn. • You could use a mower with a bagging attachment to collect shredded leaves. Mulching • Apply a 2-3 inch mulch of shredded leaves in flower beds, and a 3-6 inch mulch of shredded leaves around shrubs and trees. Shredded leaves will decompose faster and stay in place better than leaves that have not been shredded. Direct application • Distribute raked, unshredded leaves onto flower bed soils. • Tilling the leaves into the soil will improve aeration and drainage, which is best done in the fall to allow time for decomposition. Composting • If you don’t have a compost pile, you can pile the leaves in an out-of-the-way spot in your yard and let them decompose. When the pile of leaves has become dark, loose and crumbly you can use it to improve your soil and add nutrients to your lawn and
gardens. For more information about composting, visit aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/landscape/ Be sure that the leaves that you’re putting into your flower beds or compost piles are healthy leaves. Leaves that are diseased should not be used and should be disposed of by sending them to the landfill. So when the leaves start falling, think about adding them to your lawn and your garden beds.Your plants will thank you! Happy Gardening! Fort Bend County Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in educating the community using research-based horticultural information.
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“THE TASTE OF SUNRISE” OPENS NOV. 14
ocal actors from Fort Bend Christin Academy will present a unique play to the community this month called “The Taste of Sunrise.” It is a tale of two worlds — deafness and hearing. This is the second time in the academy’s history that its theatre and American Sign Language departments collaborated for a shadow production intended for a hearing and deaf audience. The production will include speaking students from the academy’s theatre department, led by Lana Thompson, and students from the academy’s American Sign Language (ASL) department, which is led by Tony Slate and Elyse DeBuck. “My prayer is that we can produce something that our local deaf community can enjoy and makes them feel 100 percent welcome at our school,” said Slate. “This is our second year, and this time the play centers around a deaf character.” Thompson said her passion for the deaf community was sparked by Slate and DeBuck, who explained the lack of theatre opportunities for deaf students. “I am beyond excited to be able to be a part of this shadow performance,” said Thompson.“To be able to open this door for our students is something that they will never forget while providing a way to minister to the community in a way that no one else can. “I am so proud of the students and their hard work and commitment to something new and challenging.What a blessing it is to be able to work with incredible teachers and students. “You don’t want to miss this beautiful performance.” Written by Suzan Zeder,“The Taste of Sunrise” centers around the life of a young deaf boy named Tuc who struggles to find his voice. His journey leads him to discover sign language, which opens his eyes to his true identity and opens the audience’s eyes to the history of deaf culture and the beauty of American Sign Language. “Performing this play is so exciting to me because I get to combine two of my passions while doing something great for the deaf community,” said senior Elizabeth Walker, who plays Tuc’s Shadow in the show. “Telling the story of an actual deaf character is doing so much for representation in the theatre industry, and I’m so glad to be able to participate at the high school level.” “It will be challenging, but the end product will mean so much to those of us who worked on it.” Senior Madison Glenn, who is playing the role of Emma, is particularly excited about this production “diving into a culture that isn’t really talked about or embraced in our society right now.” “I feel like a lot of people don’t understand or know about the history of deaf culture, so I’m excited to share that with everyone,” Glenn said.“There will be a lot of ASL in this play so there are definitely going to be some challenges for the few of us who aren’t fluent, but I think we are ready to face it head-on and turn the play into something great.” “The Taste of Sunrise” opens Nov. 14 at the Fort Bend Christian Academy’s North Campus gym, 1250 Seventh St. in Sugar Land for hearing and deaf audiences.Three showings are scheduled at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit www.fortbendchristian. org/the-taste-of-sunrise.
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CULLINAN PARK CONSERVANCY ANNOUNCES PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS
very year, the Cullinan Park Conservancy hosts the photo contest to highlight the diverse natural scenery and a wide variety of plants and wildlife at the 754-acre Joseph S. and Lucie H. Cullinan Park in Sugar Land, and this year turned out to be the most competitive contest to date. In all, 258 entries were submitted from across the greater Houston area. The contest, which was sponsored by Oxbow Advisors, LLC , ran featured four adult categories and four youth categories. All photographs had to be taken at the 754-acre Cullinan Park, and judges included local photographers Mary Favre, Rod Craig and John Whitt. “This year was very challenging,” said judge Mary Favre. “There were so many creative entries that showcased a variety of viewpoints and photography styles. The beauty of Cullinan and its abundance of wildlife really came shining through. It’s an exceptional place for residents to enjoy.” Winners were announced on September 18. FIRST PLACE WINNERS
Adult | Birds: “Hunting for Breakfast” by Mike Cassity; Wildlife: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” by Tracey Woodard; Photographer’s Choice:“Orb Weaver in Golden Light” by Ken Conkle; Landscape: “Reflection” by Cynthia Azzam; and Flora: “Furry Friend” by Vedha Sampath.
Youth | Wildlife:“Fishing” by Anika Patel; Photographer’s Choice: “Nectar Sack” by Bryan Berteaux; Landscape:“One Foggy Morning” by Anika Patel; and Flora:“Blooming Lotus” by Anika Patel. To view more winning photo contest entries and to learn more about Cullinan Park visit www.cullinanparkconservancy.org or visit the Conservancy on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CullinanParkConservancy.
AUTHOR KEVIN KWAN TO HIGHLIGHT VIRTUAL BOOK FESTIVAL
ort Bend County Libraries will host a virtual Book Fest Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This event will be live-streamed through WebEx; it will not be in person. Kevin Kwan, author of the internationally bestselling novel Crazy Rich Asians, joins the festival as a special guest speaker. The Book Fest will feature several programs designed to encourage aspiring writers of all genres, from prose and poetry to song lyrics. The workshops will be presented online throughout the day of the festival. Participants are invited to log on to the video-conference link as time permits. They may attend the whole day, or they can choose which individual session(s) they would like to attend. The writers’ workshops will begin at 10 a.m., with an “Author Readings Hour: Wake Up and Smell the Writing!” Writers of various genres and experience levels are invited to submit an excerpt of their work for consideration before the event. Submissions must be family-friendly. Those writers whose work has been selected will be invited to read or perform these excerpts of their work during this session. Guidelines for submissions will be emailed to all who register for this session. From noon to 1 p.m., a panel of local published authors will present “How Do I Get Published?” Hear about their experiences while they discuss the pros and cons of small-house printing, big-house printing, and indepen-
dent printing. They will also talk about the obstacles they faced and how to cope with the challenges of being an author. During the “Ask Me Anything with Kevin Kwan” session from 2 to 3 p.m., Kevin Kwan will share his experiences from his early childhood in Singapore to moving to Clear Lake as an adolescent, and finally to becoming a successful designer and bestselling author in New York City. He is the creator of the trilogy of novels Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems, which at one point simultaneously occupied #1, #2, and #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. His latest novel, Sex and Vanity, was released on June 30, 2020. The Book Fest will wrap up with a “NaNoWriMo Writing Workshop” from 3:10 to 4:30 pm. November is National Novel-Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and fledgling writers — or anyone who has ever wanted to write a novel — are encouraged to join in this coast-to-coast annual writing challenge by committing to writing 50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November. This session will introduce exercises that are designed to get inspiration and creative juices flowing! ABOUT THE FBCL BOOK FEST The #FBCLBookFest2020 celebrates books, authors, and the importance of literature to the imagination. The complete schedule of events can be found on the Fort Bend County Libraries website or the FBCL Facebook page. The event is presented with the generous support of the Friends of the George Memorial Library. Proceeds from the Friends of the Library annual membership dues help to underwrite the costs of special programming and various cultural events at the libraries. The Book Fest is free and open to the public. Registration is
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required. A link to the live-streamed event will be sent to all who register.To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend. lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.
LIBRARIES OFFER ONLINE COOKBOOK CLUBS FOR CULINARY ENTHUSIASTS
ooking enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels – from beginners to advanced –find Fort Bend County Libraries’ monthly Cookbook Book Clubs a great way to share ideas and discover new culinary tips. Different cooking genres are explored each month. In November, the Cookbook Clubs will take place virtually, so that cooking enthusiasts around the area can enjoy and participate online from the comfort and safety of home. Here is the schedule of Cookbook Clubs, as well as some other how-to videos and book talks for food lovers, courtesy of FBCL’s librarians. • “How to Make Texas Firecrackers”| Monday, Nov. 9 (prerecorded video) Learn how to make Texas Firecrackers, a popular snack made with crackers and seasonings. A link to the review will be posted on FBCL’s online calendar on the designated date, and it can be viewed at any time. • “Mason-Jar Meal Challenge: Cookie-in-a-Jar” | Monday, Nov.16 (pre-recorded video) Learn about Cookie-in-a-Jar recipes that make unique edible holiday gift ideas. A link to the video will be posted on FBCL’s online calendar on the designated date, and it can be viewed at any time. • University Branch Library’s Culinary Book Club | Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1:30 pm. (live-streamed)The theme for this month’s online meeting is “Appetizers & Finger Foods.” Share tips, get ideas, and enjoy the camaraderie of other individuals who have an interest in cooking and good cuisine! This activity will be live-streamed in real time via Zoom/WebEx. Registration is required; an email with a link for the Zoom/ WebEx session will be sent to all who register. • Mission Bend Branch Library’s Food for Thought Cookbook Club | Thursday, Nov. 19. (pre-recorded video) The theme for this month is “Pumpkin-Flavored Everything.” Get tips on creating a pumpkin-flavored treat. A link to the video will be posted on FBCL’s online calendar on the designated date, and it can be viewed at any time. • “Punch Up the Holidays” | Friday, Nov. 20 (pre-recorded video) In this pre-recorded video, learn how to make three different punch recipes that are great for any occasion.A link to the review will be posted on FBCL’s online calendar on the designated date, and it can be viewed at any time. The meetings are free and open to the public. Registration is required for the Culinary Book Club so that a link to the Zoom/ WebEx session can be emailed to participants who register. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib. tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. Participants may also register by calling the University Branch Library at 281-633-5100.
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LIBRARY’S PODCAST CLUB FOCUSES ON FAMILY IN NOVEMBER
he Podcast Club at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will focus on “Family” in November. Since the library buildings are currently not open to the public, the Podcast Club meeting will take place online via Zoom/WebEx, so listeners throughout the area can participate from the comfort and safety of home. Similar to a book club, the Podcast Club provides an opportunity for podcast listeners to get together to discuss podcast selections from a themed podcast-listening list and share their opinions on trending topics. Each month features a different theme, along with a short list of podcast episodes. The next meeting of the University Branch Library Podcast Club will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19, beginning at 7 p.m.A link to the Zoom/WebEx meeting will be emailed to all who register. A direct link to the podcasts can be found on Fort Bend County Libraries’ online calendar on the FBCL website.The playlist of podcasts from which to choose includes: • “DNA Testing is Changing Families” | Prognosis (24 minutes). Learn how a simple DNA genealogy test upended the life of a Washington state sheep farmer. Instead of finding out more about the Swedish and Jewish roots she’d heard about, she found that she had an entire family she didn’t know about, and a connection to a man with a mysterious and controversial past.These types of genetic surprises are getting more common, and redefining who we call family. • “Hi It’s Us Your 30 Long-Lost Siblings” | The Cut (36 minutes). Sperm donation used to be a deep, dark secret. However, it is increasingly out in the open now, and it is raising brand new questions. When dozens of strangers start popping up on Facebook and saying you are related, how do you even define “family”? In this podcast, hear two stories about parents and children figuring it all out. • “Is Birth Order Important?” | Stuff You Should Know (52 minutes).There have been a lot of studies over the years regarding birth order. Some conclude that it is a big deal, while others more or less discount its importance. • “The Family Jewels” | Family Ghosts (50 minutes). One afternoon in 1961, a mysterious woman in sunglasses wandered into my grandfather’s jewelry shop and stole his heart.Two years later, she vanished without a trace, leaving his life and career in ruins. For years, that’s all I knew about her - until a few months ago, when I decided to start asking questions. • “Why Grandparents are Important” | The Why Factor (24 minutes). Elaine Chong discovers just why it is that grandparents matter so much to us and she finds out what happens when grandparents step in to raise their grandchildren. She uncovers research showing grandmothers have played a vital role in the survival of their grandchildren for centuries, especially before modern medicine and support services existed. • “Act Casual: Holiday Survival Guide” | Velvet’s Edge with Kelly Henderson (25 minutes). Whether you love your family or not, spending the holidays together can be….. interesting. Kelly and Chip talk about some of the funny conversations and situations that are inevitable at any family function.The duo also gives a few tips to surviving and thriving in your family/holiday time. The Podcast Club is free and open to the public. Registration is required; a link to the Zoom/WebEx meeting will be emailed to all who register.To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the University Branch Library (281-633-5100).
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Dr. Moritz C. Wyler von Ballmoos
—joins Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital—
Wyler von Ballmoos says Houston Methodist Sugar ne of the area’s most respected Land’s excellent reputation as a cardiovascular center cardiothoracic surgeons will start seeing of excellence and the opportunity to offer minimally patients at Houston Methodist Sugar invasive valve and bypass surgery outside the Texas Land Hospital. Medical Center were major factors in his decision to Moritz C.Wyler von Ballmoos, M.D., Ph.D., director join the staff. of robotic cardiac and vascular surgery for the “Through its investment in the area’s leading Heart & Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Vascular Center, Houston Methodist Sugar Land has is joining Marvin D. Atkins Jr., M.D., Charlie Cheng, proven that regional hospitals can deliver the same level M.D., and Tony Lu, M.D. with Houston Methodist of expertise in cardiovascular diagnosis and treatment as Cardiovascular Surgery Associates at Sugar Land large medical center institutions,”he explained. where he will focus on advanced, specialized “The cardiovascular program’s growth is an cardiovascular surgery. important benefit for patients, as having access to Wyler von Ballmoos has a distinguished background as a surgeon and clinical investigator. He Dr. Moritz Wyler von Ballmoos outstanding care close to home can make a real difference in treatment and recovery. Houston earned his medical degree and Ph.D.in cardiovascular physiology from the University of Bern in Switzerland and completed Methodist Sugar Land has invested in people and technology to his surgical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Duke build an impressive cardiovascular service line that benefits the community, and I am excited to join the team and continue the University Medical Center. Wyler von Ballmoos completed the AATS Graham Foundation hospital’s mission of bringing the best possible care to Fort Bend Robotics Fellowship, as well as an advanced fellowship in minimally County and the surrounding area.” “The addition of Dr.Wyler von Ballmoos to the hospital’s medical invasive cardiac surgery and transcatheter procedures for structural heart and valve disease. He has been recognized for his staff strengthens an already first-class cardiovascular service,”Atkins groundbreaking work as the recipient of the AATS Graham said.“All of us at Houston Methodist Sugar Land are thrilled to have Foundation Robotics Grant, the Michael J. Davidson Award (for him on board and we look forward to working with him to continue minimally invasive cardiac surgery), and the Thoracic Surgery to advance our cardiovascular program.” Houston Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates at Sugar Foundation Advanced Cardiac Robotic Fellowship Award. Wyler von Ballmoos is an internationally recognized expert in the Land is located in Medical Office Building 3 on the Houston minimally invasive treatment of heart disease and is the principal Methodist Sugar Land campus, 16605 Southwest Freeway, Suite 560. To make an appointment with Wyler von Ballmoos, call 713investigator or co-investigator for 12 clinical device trials to treat valvular heart disease. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in 352-1820. To learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit valve repair surgery and minimally invasive cardiac surgery, including houstonmethodist.org/sugarland. robotic-assisted surgery and related technologies.
HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL
—provides virtual support—
he cancer survivorship series hosted by the Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land is designed to improve the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual health of cancer survivors and their caregivers in Fort Bend County. During the COVID-19 pandemic, support and connection are even more important, so survivorship resources are being offered virtually. “With the tremendous strides made in cancer care, we are seeing more and more survivors live long and productive lives,” said Amy Sebastian-Deutsch, director of oncology and infusion therapy services at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “But these survivors, most over the age of 50, often require specialized services to overcome the physical and emotional impacts of their disease and treatment. Now, due to the isolation and precautions we have all had to take during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hosting virtual survivorship classes to help survivors stay connected and engaged from the safety of their own homes.” The cancer survivorship series continues to offer these programs free of charge: • Thriving Through Creative Arts — offers survivors a chance to engage in art-making, discussion, writing, and mindfulness. Thriving Through Creative Arts is held virtually via Webex on the first Thursday of each month. • Life in Motion — designed to help survivors engage in gentle movement and mindfulness practices. Life in Motion is held virtually via Webex on the second Thursday of each month. • Music4Life — designed to improve muscle relaxation, mood management, and expression of emotion. Music4Life is held virtually
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via Webex on the third Thursday of each month. Houston Methodist Sugar Land also offers a breast cancer support group. Trained facilitators help women and men at any stage of diagnosis and treatment by providing education on a variety of topics, sharing resources, and providing a forum for survivors to share their fears and talk about their feelings. These meetings are held on Thursdays once a month virtually via Webex. The ostomy support group is also hosting virtual meetings to continue providing support, encouragement, education, and guidance to patients with ostomies. The group meets every third Thursday virtually via Webex. “All of these programs provide other benefits, too, because they allow survivors to connect with others who have lived through the same experiences,” said Sebastian-Deutsch.“Having someone to talk with who understands what it’s like to fight and survive cancer is an important part of the healing process. Especially during the pandemic, having that camaraderie with others can be powerful.” For more information on our cancer survivorship classes and support groups, contact Yolanda Lopez at ylopez2@ houstonmethodist.org or 281-274-0145. Houston Methodist Sugar Land is Fort Bend County’s only hospital with the American College of Surgeons - Commission on Cancer (CoC) accreditation. Facilities achieve such accreditation after proving commitment to providing the best cancer care and complying with CoC standards. Hospitals that achieve accreditation provide a vast scope of high quality, specialized services — screenings, diagnostics, genetic testing, advanced technology, clinical trials, and patient support.
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