Swedish Breast Care Program Receives NAPBC Accreditation

Englewood, CO – Swedish Breast Care Program In Partnership with Invision Sally Jobe Breast 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.

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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 standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. Through this NAPBC accreditation the Swedish Breast Care Program In Partnership with Invision Sally Jobe Breast Center has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

“This accreditation is exciting because it really brings attention what we have believed in providing for our patients all along – the highest quality care with the best possible outcomes,” said Jane M Kercher, M.D. “Our Breast Center is collaborative right from the point of diagnosis, into treatment and survivorship. We work together to provide the region with an unparalleled continuum of quality care.”

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 mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 20131. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.

Receiving care at Swedish Breast Care Program In Partnership with Invision Sally Jobe Breast Center, 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

And, most importantly,

• Quality breast care close to home.

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at http://www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.
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1. American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2013. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2013
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What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer

Cancer is a term used to describe over 100 different diseases, all of which begin when a normal cell mutates and replicates out of control. These mutated cells are then able to keep growing and travel to other parts of the body, a process known as metastasis. In the United States, the most common cancers affecting women is breast cancer. In fact, one in every eight women is predicted to develop the disease in her lifetime, according to the  National Center for Biotechnology Information. Fortunately, as medical knowledge and technology improve, more and more women are defeating the disease and becoming cancer survivors.

 

Breast cancer is treatable. Even though one out of every eight women will develop the disease, the risk of dying from breast cancer is much lower: only one in 28. To give yourself the best chance of defeating this deadly disease, it is vital that you follow your doctor’s recommendations for mammography screening and breast self-exams. Doing so will help to ensure that you catch any malignant breast abnormalities early, while the cancer is most treatable.

You may be at risk. All women are at risk for breast cancer, especially as they grow older. There are some factors, however, that can put you at an increased risk:

  • A family history of breast cancer.
  • Excessive alcohol use.
  • Possession of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.
  • Early start or late end of menstrual cycles.
  • Never having children.

“Having a strong family history of breast cancer or carrying the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations significantly increases the risk of breast cancer. However, these are very small populations of the patients with breast cancer,” explains Swedish Oncologist Dr. Robin Kovachy.

If you think that you may be at risk for breast cancer, speak with your doctor about your possible risk factors and recommended screening schedule. At Swedish Medical Center in Denver, our breast care specialists offer some of the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available. For patients who have recently received a breast cancer diagnosis, our multidisciplinary team strives to formulate the best possible treatment plan. Call our hospital in Denver today at (303) 788-5000 to learn more about our comprehensive healthcare services.

Tips for Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to better cope with the diagnosis. Read on to learn a few tips that can help you manage any stress and anxiety that you may be feeling as a result of your diagnosis.

Do your research. Knowing your current condition and becoming aware of what to expect can calm your concerns and help you to approach your treatment with more confidence. Get all of the information that you can regarding your diagnosis, including whether or not it has spread, what your treatment options are and what you can expect during the course of your treatment. Be sure to also ask your doctor about resources that may help you learn more about your condition.

Stay healthy. Staying healthy now is even more important than it was before your diagnosis. Making healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating a varied and balanced diet and getting plenty of rest, will help you to better manage the stresses of cancer and any treatment that you may undergo.

Accept support. During this time and in the near future, your family, friends and loved ones may offer you their help and support. Accept this help and encourage your caregivers to do the same. A little extra support can not only help you to stay positive during this difficult time, but it can also allow others to feel like they are making a positive contribution to your well-being.

Swedish Medical Center is proud to offer a variety of state-of-the-art cancer treatment options to patients living in the Denver area. Our oncology experts are committed to providing only the highest quality of medical care while focusing on the needs of the whole patient, not just the disease. If you are interested in learning more about what our cancer care center has to offer, we are happy to answer any questions. Please call us at (303) 788-5000.

About Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer occurs when malignant, cancerous cells develop in the breast. Although all women are at risk for this disease, there are certain lifestyle decisions that can increase, or reduce, a woman’s risk.

By watching this video, you can learn more about what affects breast cancer development and what is unlikely to change a woman’s risk. The hosts in the clip also discuss the importance of regular mammograms and other potential screening processes that can help to detect the disease at its earliest stages.

Swedish Medical Center is proud to provide the women of the Denver community with the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available for breast cancer. The Swedish Breast Care Program is designed to help you understand the medical system so that treatment is easy for you to access and options are fully explained. Your care involves oncologists, surgeons, radiologists and many other medical disciplines. Our approach is to coordinate all of these services, referrals and therapies for you so that you can focus on your most important task — restoring your health. We are here for you.

To learn more about your risk, contact the staff of Swedish Medical Center today at (303) 788-5000.