St. Charles Cancer Center recognized for breast care

Published May 16, 2013 at 05:00AM

The St. Charles Cancer Center has earned recognition for its breast cancer care from the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers. The “Certified Quality Breast Center” designation is the first in the state and one of 23 nationally, according to a news release from St. Charles.

Sites that received the designation were asked to examine their own data and answer questions about care provided, ranging from appointment scheduling to surgical treatment. The answers were then compared with other institutions.

“This designation is a seal of approval that we’ve met or exceeded the expectations for what is considered best care,” said Dr. Linyee Chang, clinical director of the St. Charles Cancer Center. “We’re not just calling ourselves a breast center — this is an endorsement by an external agency that rigorously scrutinizes how breast cancer care is provided.”

Last year, St. Charles Cancer Center also received a three-year, full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers after demonstrating 100 percent compliance with the program’s standards for best care in treating women diagnosed with the breast disease.

An estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year among women in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. During that same time, about 200 women will be treated for breast cancer at the St. Charles Cancer Center.

— Anne Aurand, The Bulletin