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VCU Massey Cancer Center


Massey renews its accreditation for high-quality breast cancer care

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‌VCU Massey Cancer Center recently renewed its accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) through the American College of Surgeons for another full, three-year term.

This recognition was given to Massey’s Breast Health Program for its demonstrated commitment to providing the highest quality evaluation and management of patients with breast disease. Massey is one of 32 breast centers in Virginia to hold this accreditation.

‌“NAPBC accreditation challenges breast cancer centers to enhance the care they provide by addressing patient-centered needs and measuring the quality of the care they deliver against national standards,” according to a statement from the NAPBC.

Massey’s Breast Health Program meets patients’ needs through integrative, high-quality, patient-centered care, and is home to the area’s largest, most comprehensive team of international leaders in breast health. Massey offers a wide range of exceptional services, including multi-specialty consultations, state-of-the-art treatment options and clinical trials, risk evaluation, mammography and other advanced breast imaging, breast reconstruction, genetic counseling and much more.

“This accreditation is just another example of the outstanding multidisciplinary care provided by VCU Massey Cancer Center. Our breast health team works diligently together to ensure that we continue to offer the highest quality treatment for our patients,” said Massey Breast Health Program Director Harry Bear, M.D., Ph.D., who is also the Walter Lawrence, Jr. Distinguished Professor in Oncology and interim associate director for clinical research at Massey as well as the chair of the Division of Surgical Oncology and professor of surgery, microbiology and immunology at the VCU School of Medicine.

Accreditation is based on an in-depth survey of a full spectrum of a breast center’s services, including the center’s leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach efforts, professional education and quality improvement.

A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has proven a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

The American Cancer Society estimated a total of 231,840 cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2015. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations across the country dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with breast diseases. This mission is pursued through standards setting, scientific validation and patient and professional education.

Learn more about Massey’s Breast Health Program at


Written by: Blake Belden

Posted on: March 31, 2016

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