WVU Cancer Institute breast care program again rated among the best in the nation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Comprehensive Breast Care Program at the WVU Cancer Institute has again been granted a full three-year accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. This is the breast care program’s fourth consecutive full accreditation.

“NAPBC accreditation is proof of our ongoing commitment to the national standard of care we deliver to women in West Virginia and the surrounding area,” Hannah Hazard-Jenkins, M.D., the WVU Cancer Institute director, said. “It tells our patients that we are dedicated to providing nationally recognized, high-quality care.”

A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. Accreditation is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

The Comprehensive Breast Care Program uses a multidisciplinary team approach to create an individualized, tailored treatment plan for each patient. Patients are able to see breast surgeons and oncologists, genetic counselors, social workers, and clinical trial specialists in one appointment, allowing the entire cancer treatment process to begin sooner and patients to get on the road to recovery faster. In most cases, patients are able to meet with a radiation oncologist and breast reconstruction surgeon during their first visit.

“Our multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer allows us to bring expertise in different areas together in one setting and develop a customized care plan,” Dr. Hazard-Jenkins said. “We’re already exploring support resources for survivorship before the patient has begun treatment.”

For more information about the NAPBC, visit their website at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.