Cancer... it is without a doubt one of the most frightening words a patient can hear. But for local residents, the availability of a comprehensive program close to home can help provide peace of mind following a cancer diagnosis. And now knowing that Georgetown Hospital System's Breast Program earns NAPBC designation ensures that the best treatment is available in our community. The GHS program is one of a few in South Carolina to achieve accreditation.
The voluntary accreditation, which was awarded following rigorous evaluation and review of performance and compliance with NAPBC standards, means patients with breast disease are assured they are being treated at a center providing quality care.
NAPBC accredited breast centers demonstrate compliance with the national standards which have since been established. To earn accreditation, a breast center must meet or exceed quality standards in 27 areas established by the NAPBC, be evaluated every three years and maintain high levels of excellence.
At the heart of the accreditation process is a need to demonstrate a multi-disciplinary team approach in treatment coordination. Because breast cancer is being diagnosed earlier, treatment options have become much more complex. The process of identifying the best treatment options require a team of professionals from various disciplines to work together to help patients through a system of multidisciplinary care.
To earn NAPBC accreditation, programs like the one offered by Georgetown Hospital System, must include many components of care including imaging, core needle biopsy, pathology, interdisciplinary conference, patient navigation, genetic evaluation, surgical care, plastic surgery consultation or treatment, nursing, medical oncology, radiation oncology, data management, research, education, support and rehabilitation, quality improvement and survivorship program.
Breast cancer patients receiving treatment at Georgetown Hospital System have access to all of those care components and more. More than 36 individuals participate in the delivery of care for breast cancer patients navigating through the Breast Center program at Georgetown Hospital System.
Learn more about what our accredited Breast Health Program can do to help you maintain breast health.