Penn Medicine Breast Centers Gain Accreditation from National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

January 19, 2011

January 19, 2011

(PHILADELPHIA) - The Abramson Cancer Center's Rena Rowan Breast Center and the Integrated Breast Center at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospitalrecently earned a three-year, full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Conducted by the American College of Surgeons, NAPBC accreditation is granted to 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. 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.

The NAPBC surveyors praised the two Penn Medicine programs' "ambitious, multilayered quality initiatives" in clinical care, research, and education for patients and health professionals alike.

"This accreditation is a testament to the wide range of advanced breast cancer care we provide at Penn Medicine," said Brian Czerniecki, MD, PhD, co-director of the Abramson Cancer Center's Rena Rowan Breast Center and an associate professor of oncologic surgery. "From preventive care and early diagnosis to cutting-edge treatment and survivorship care, we are proud of the strength and depth of our programs to help breast cancer patients."

The Rena Rowan Breast Center, located on the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania campus, and the Integrated Breast Center at Pennsylvania Hospital's Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, achieved compliance with all 27 standards of the NAPBC survey, which includes excellence in radiology, pathology, surgical, medical and radiation oncology, clinical research, reconstruction, nursing care and rehabilitation services. Providing expert patient care during more than 19,000 patient visits per year, the Rena Rowan Breast Center offers diagnosis and treatment for the full spectrum of breast cancers, including rare cases of breast cancer among men, pregnant women, and other complex situations. Dozens of clinical trials underway are paving the way for even more effective treatments.

"Recognition from the NAPBC highlights the high level of care, the integrated, multidisciplinary approach and the range of support programs our centers provide for our breast cancer patient," said Dahlia Sataloff, MD, director of the Integrated Breast Center and vice-chair of the Department of Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Other unique aspects of Penn Medicine's breast centers include one of the nation's most advanced cancer risk evaluation programs, and research in novel treatments including therapeutic vaccines and drugs to attack the most aggressive, inherited forms of breast cancer. The centers also offer psychosocial and nutrition counseling and access to a robust survivorship care program that addresses post-cancer issues including late effects of chemotherapy drugs and the painful and debilitating arm-swelling condition lymphedema that often follows breast cancer surgery.

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