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IU Simon Cancer Center receives national accreditation for providing top-quality care to breast cancer patients

INDIANAPOLIS -- (January 03, 2011) -- The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center has been granted a three-year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Administered by the American College of Surgeons, the NAPBC gives accreditation 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. 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 NAPBC certification provides an independent assessment of the breast program at IU Simon Cancer Center,” said Erika Rager, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of surgery with the IU School of Medicine and a researcher with the IU Simon Cancer Center. “Our full three-year accreditation confirms that we provide breast patients with the full range of services to meet their needs and the highest quality of care. From initial diagnosis through treatment and follow-up care, breast patients can be confident that we will meet all of their needs with the highest quality and compassion.”

The American Cancer Society estimated 207,090 women nationwide, including 4,350 in Indiana, would be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States in 2010. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women nationwide who deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures 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 www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.