Sentara breast specialists have developed the expertise that comes with experience and high volumes typically associated with large academic medical centers. Our quality outcomes are equally as impressive, with breast cancer survival rates superior to the national average as published by the National Cancer Data Base.
All of the comprehensive breast centers at Sentara are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. To gain the accreditation, the centers must follow a multidisciplinary team approach, provide access to clinical trial information and offer new treatment options, among other requirements.
Sentara’s multidisciplinary team consists of dedicated breast health specialists including surgeons, radiologists specializing in mammography, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, primary care physicians, genetic counselors, pathologists, nurse navigators and oncology certified nurses. They meet regularly in cancer conferences to review cases and determine the best individual course of treatment for each patient.
This collaborative approach not only provides the best possible clinical care, but it also ensures a more cohesive cancer care experience for patients. The Sentara Breast Program Leadership Committee is continuously improving the patient experience by focusing on clinical excellence and opportunities to expand access to services. The goal is to improve quality and service through collaboration and consistency.
You can read more about these topics, as well as the accompanying clinical data, in the latest Sentara Cancer Network Annual Report.
2012 Annual Report