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Cancer Treatment Center receives NAPBC accreditation

Grand Island, Neb. — Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center has been granted a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

“Receiving the NAPBC accreditation validates what an outstanding breast care program we have at Saint Francis,” said Max Norvell, director of Oncology at the Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center. “Our multidisciplinary team of professionals collaborates to provide the highest level of quality breast care along with personalized, compassionate care for each patient.”

Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center is one of only three facilities in Nebraska and the only facility outside of Omaha, which has achieved the NAPBC designation. Being a designated breast center means that patients receive state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary care from a team of experts dedicated to fighting breast cancer. This multidisciplinary team, which includes physicians from medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology and surgery, collaborates closely to determine the best care plan for each new breast cancer patient.

Accreditation by the NAPBC 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. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with 27 evidence-based standards of care for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The Cancer Treatment Center’s achievement of NAPBC accreditation demonstrates a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

As an NAPBC-accredited program, Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center has demonstrated expertise in all areas of breast cancer care, from biopsy to survivorship. In addition to having their care managed by the multidisciplinary team of experts, patients will receive support from the nurse navigator throughout the duration of their treatment. Additional resources, such as genetic counseling and testing, a complete rehabilitation team, and a local oncoplastic surgeon, are all available to Saint Francis patients as a part of this comprehensive breast program.

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at: www.accreditedbreastcenters.org

About the Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center

Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center in Grand Island, Neb., is accredited by the Commission on Cancer from the American College of Surgeons with commendation for excelling in every aspect of cancer care. The Cancer Treatment Center offers medical and radiation oncology treatment, a dedicated pharmacy, clinical trials and a cancer rehabilitation team, all in one location — a convenience not typically found in other cancer centers. On the leading edge of cancer care, the Cancer Treatment Center is the first facility in the state of Nebraska to offer RapidArc, the fastest, most accurate technology for radiation therapy. The highly skilled team at the Cancer Treatment Center offers certified genetics counseling, tobacco cessation classes, nurse navigation, survivorship services, an educational library, support groups and educational seminars.

Bringing the Best Cancer Care to Your Communities

The Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center is among an elite group of 21 community cancer centers in the nation selected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a pilot site in the NCI Community Cancer Center Program (NCCCP). The NCCCP is a network of community hospitals focused on expanding cancer research and delivering the latest, most advanced cancer care from prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship to more Americans in their home communities.