Get Every Advantage In Your Breast Cancer Battle

Get Every Advantage In Your Breast Cancer Battle

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 first program in Genesee County to offer a comprehensive Breast Health Nurse Navigator, a highly-trained registered and certified breast cancer nurse who supports patients throughout their treatment and recovery.

Hurley recently was granted a three-year re-accreditation by the NAPBC, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

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, M.D., 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-Certified 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 proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.

The 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 certified 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.

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 stan

dard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates 234,190 patients will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States 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.


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

dr mikhailFor more information on Hurley’s Breast Health Nurse Navigator Program,
call (810) 262-7207.

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