Since the opening of the The Breast Center at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, we have emphasized the importance on interdisciplinary, or the team approach to breast cancer care in the Breast Center's mission. This means that the surgeon, the cancer specialist, radiologists, chemotherapy and medical staff plan your treatment plan together on your first visit. You will leave our offices that day with a treatment plan. We firmly believe that interdisciplinary care offers a more comprehensive and higher quality of care to both the patient and the patient's family.
The established components of interdisciplinary breast cancer care are:
- The development and adherence to critical pathways for diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance
- Team presentation of all treatment options
- Consensus treatment planning
- Treatment approaches guided by evidence based medicine
Patients at the Breast Center at SIU truly benefit from truly coordinated care. They are tracked throughout the entire course of consultation, treatment, and recovery by nursing staff to assure that appropriate resources are provided, questions are answered in a timely manner, and all necessary emotional support is provided.
Our weekly interdisciplinary conference serves as the forum for discussion of breast cancer patients and the development of a comprehensive treatment plan for each individual patient, reached by consensus among the various cancer specialists in attendance. This consensus decision is recorded and serves as the basis for all future care to be provided.
All of us value the advantages of this "team" approach to breast cancer care. The team approach makes the entire process more convenient for the patient by allowing her to see all of the physicians and medical staff in one setting on one day, further emphasizing the fact that everyone is working together.
The Breast Center team of physicians and scientists continue to achieve and maintain the highest level of accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). A recent survey of our Center revealed 100% compliance on 27 standards reviewed in the accreditation process.
We rededicate ourselves to maintaining this level of quality because serving our patients in the best way possible remains our highest priority here at the Breast Center at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU.