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The University of Kansas Cancer Center granted three-year designation from National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers (NAPBC)

October 03, 2017

The University of Kansas Cancer Center announced that it was 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. The cancer center is the only center regionally to have NCI-designation, NAPBC and CoC (Commission on Cancer) designation.

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. The KU Cancer Center demonstrated 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. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. The KU Cancer Center has fellowship trained subspecialists in every area of treatment all within its own institution, underscoring its commitment to the highest level of multidisciplinary breast cancer care.

"We are pleased to be recognized for providing women the highest quality breast care and meeting NAPBC's strict standards for proficiency," said Jamie Wagner, DO FACOS, chief of Breast Surgical Oncology.

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 252,710 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2017. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.

An NAPBC accreditation ensures that KU Cancer Center patients 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
  • Quality breast care close to home

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit

About The University of Kansas Cancer Center

The University of Kansas Cancer Center is transforming cancer research and clinical care by linking an innovative approach to drug discovery, delivery and development to a nationally-accredited patient care program. Our consortium center includes cancer research and health care professionals associated with the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System; the University of Kansas, Lawrence; The Stowers Institute for Medical Research; Children's Mercy Hospital; and in partnership with members of the Midwest Cancer Alliance.

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