Diagnosis of breast cancer is stressful, frightening

A diagnosis of breast cancer is stressful, frightening — and overwhelming.

Get the confidence to focus on your health and your recovery by

choosing a breast cancer program with the highest standards of breast

care, professional expertise and treatment options. You’ll be assured you

are receiving every significant advantage in your battle against breast

cancer.

Hurley Medical Center’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program was

the first medical facility in the area to be accredited by the National

Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Hurley also is the fi rst program in Flint to off er a Certifi ed Breast Care

Nurse Navigator, a highly-trained registered and certifi ed breast cancer

nurse who supports patients throughout their treatment.

Hurley has been certifi ed by the NAPBC, a program administered by the

American College of Surgeons, since 2010. Receiving care at an NAPBC

-accredited center ensures 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

“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. Hurley Medical Center provides the most outstanding

clinical care and compassion for patients and their families, and we

are proud to have earned this accreditation,” says Raouf Mikhail, MD,

FACS, FRCS(C).

Dr. Mikhail is the Chief of Hurley’s Department of Surgery, the Director

of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program and the Medical Director

of the Hurley Cancer Center. He is Board-Certifi ed in Breast Surgery,

General Surgery, and Surgical Oncology.

During the NAPBC’s survey process, Hurley demonstrated compliance

with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who

are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards

include profi ciency in the areas of leadership, clinical management,

research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.

Th e Breast Health Nurse Navigator Program also is a crucial component

of the Hurley Breast Center team’s treatment options.

From diagnosis to treatment, breast reconstruction and long-term

follow-up, a caring, highly-trained registered and certifi ed breast cancer

nurse supports patients going through every step of their breast cancer

treatment and journey.

“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. Hurley’s Breast Health Nurse Navigator

Program provides the latest information and research, and connects

patients with resources for nutrition, lifestyle, emotional, and spiritual

support, demonstrating our commitment to providing patient and

family focused care at a very stressful time in these patients’ lives,” says

Marsha Schmit, RN, BSN, CBCN, Hurley’s Breast Health Nurse Navigator.

Th e 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 15

national organizations that refl ect the full spectrum of breast care.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates 246,660 patients will be

diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2016. In

addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign

breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment

options.

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