Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) has received accreditation from the
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
HCC's Comprehensive Breast Care Program is the only Lowcountry breast center to hold NAPBC status.
NAPBC recognition, administered by the American College of Surgeons, is
a three-year accreditation given only to centers that have voluntarily
committed to provide the best in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment
and are able to comply with established NAPBC standards. Each center
must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and
compliance with the NAPBC standards.
Dr. Neal Christiansen shows a follow-up CT scan to a patient who is
responding to chemotherapy with improvement in liver metastases.
Christiansen is part of the Comprehensive Breast Care Program team.
“NAPBC accreditation sends a clear message that we will continue
raising the bar for ourselves and settle for nothing less than the best
in caring for cancer patients,” said Andrew S. Kraft, M.D., HCC
director. “We are proud of this accreditation, and we are proud of the
team that earns it everyday.”
Megan Baker, M.D., a breast surgeon and director of the Comprehensive
Breast Care Program at HCC, said patients fare best under a team-based
multidisciplinary care model.
“This accreditation validates the wonderful and compassionate
commitment the members of the Hollings comprehensive breast care team
have made to our patients. We are thrilled and energized to continue in
our efforts to improve in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of
breast cancer for the women of South Carolina,” she said.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 184,450
patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in
2008. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with
benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for
Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:
- Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
- A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
- Quality breast care close to home.
the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center,
Hollings offers comprehensive breast care in a multidisciplinary
setting. The HCC's team and services include: medical, surgical,
and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, plastic
surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, clinical trials, genetic
counseling, psychological support, and nutrition education.
For additional information on HCC, visit http://www.hcc.musc.edu.
Friday, Oct. 30, 2009