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James Graham Brown Cancer Center earns national reaccreditation for breast program

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James Graham Brown Cancer Center earns national reaccreditation for breast program

The University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center has earned reaccreditation for another three years, the maximum timeframe allowed, from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The cancer center was the first cancer center in Kentucky to earn NAPBC accreditation in 2010.

Accreditation by the NAPBC, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, is awarded only 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.

“This distinction represents an acknowledgment of the dedication shown by our many breast care clinicians, support staff, counselors and researchers to providing only the most outstanding and comprehensive care to our patients,” said Donald Miller, M.D., Ph.D., director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

“We are honored that for the past three years we have lived up to the challenge of being among the fine institutions nationwide that are NAPBC-accredited. Receiving this accreditation again underscores and reinvigorates our commitment to our patients, now and in the future.”

A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. To earn reaccreditation, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast diseases, from breast cancer to benign lesions that require medical evaluation for treatment options. These standards include proficiency in center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that patients have access to:

- Comprehensive care, including a full range of treatment services

- A multidisciplinary team approach in coordinating patient care

- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

- Quality breast care close to home.

“NAPBC accreditation means a great deal to us because it is recognition of our commitment to what’s at the heart of breast care,” said Barb Kruse, director of multidisciplinary clinics at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, “and that is the patients.”

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This effort is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is a key component of the University of Louisville’s Health Sciences Center and UofL Health Care. As the region’s leading academic, research and teaching medical center, the cancer center provide patients with the latest medical advances, often long before they become available in non-teaching settings. The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is affiliated with the Kentucky Cancer Program and the National Cancer Institute.  It is the only cancer center in the region to use a unified approach to cancer care, with multidisciplinary teams of physicians working together to guide patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

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