Breast Cancer Care at BIDMC
One in eight women will develop a breast cancer in their lifetime, and the number of women undergoing annual screening, diagnostic imaging, biopsy, and receiving cancer treatment has grown significantly.
Consequently, the number of comprehensive breast care centers has grown throughout the country. However, only recently have national standards of care and performance benchmarks been established to ensure that patients receive the best, evidence-based medical care that leads to the best results.
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a part of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons - sets national standards for Breast Care Centers. This independent organization evaluates the quality of care in breast programs by looking at key quality measures and only awards certification if these standards are met. The Breast Care Center at BIDMC has received full, three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and is the first breast center at a Boston academic medical center to achieve this status.
BIDMC also participates in the Commission on Cancer's efforts to monitor the quality of cancer care in partnership with the National Quality Forum.
Breast Cancer Care: Performance Summary
Each year over 600 patients are treated for breast cancer at BIDMC. Presented below is BIDMC's performance on key quality measures important to patients, compared to national performance benchmarks. BIDMC believes in transparency. We believe we provide quality care and are proud to show the data to support this.
For more information about each measure and its benchmark, click on the name of the measure.
Access to Care & Patient Experience
1 BIDMC Performance data is from Administrative Databases. BIDMC Goal reflects Breast Care Center desired performance.
2 Source of comparison data: Press Ganey National Database Participants (n=1853 sites) and Press Ganey Custom Comparative Database Participants (n=10 sites)
Performance on Recommended Care Guidelines for Breast Cancer Care
3 Source of BIDMC data is BIDMC Tumor Registry
4 Source of benchmark data is the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, Accreditation Standards Goal Performance.
6 BIDMC, and National Average performance for Teaching Hospital Cancer Programs benchmark performance data provided by the NCDB and the American College of Surgeons, Cancer program Practice Profile report (CP3R)©: For Breast Cancers, 2004-2008 Diagnoses. Information provided with permission.
Breast Cancer Outcomes: 5-year Survival Rates
For Breast Cancer Patients initially diagnosed between 2003-2004, survival through 2009 (by Cancer Stage at time of diagnosis.). Learn more about 5-year Observed Survival Rates.
7 BIDMC Performance, and National Performance for All Approved Commission on Cancer Programs provided by the NCDB and the American College of Surgeons, for Breast Cancer Patients diagnosed between 2003-2004 Diagnoses, survival through 2009. Information provided with permission.
8 BIDMC Performance for Stage IV 5 year Observed Survival is not calculated by the NCDB, because the number of Stage IV cases is less than 30, and thus would not be statistically valid.
Last Updated: March 8, 2012