American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Super Surveillance

November 3, 2020 12:00 PM CDT

Surveillance of patients with breast cancer is a necessary step to ensure that they receive the right care at the right time both during the active portion of treatment and in the post treatment phase. The speakers will discuss the challenges encountered with process and patient management and the changes enacted that improved the access to care and the patient experience.


Melissa Nye, RN, BA, CN-BN


Sramila Aithal, MD

Sramila Aithal, MDSramila Aithal, MD, is a board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist-oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) Philadelphia. Dr. Aithal provides patient-centered personalized cancer care as part of a multidisciplinary team. She is the director and co-lead of the Breast Center of Advanced Oncology at CTCA—an NAPBC-certified and QOPI-certified program. Dr. Aithal is the chief of medical oncology at CTCA Philadelphia. She serves as a physician investigator for various clinical trials sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry, the National Cancer Institute, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and more. These clinical trials are important treatment options for patients. Dr. Aithal is a speaker and faculty at various continuing medical education programs on breast cancer-related topics. She is also board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Aithal earned a medical degree from Ambedkar Medical College (Bangalore University) in Bangalore, India. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Tara Sanft, MD

Tara Sanft, MDDr. Sanft is an associate professor of medicine and the director of the Adult Survivorship Program at Yale University, Yale Cancer Center. She treats women diagnosed with breast cancer and oversees a weekly survivorship clinic that provides comprehensive consultations to adult cancer survivors regarding medical care and lifestyle recommendations. In addition, Dr. Sanft conducts a long-term breast cancer survivor clinic where she sees women who are >5 years from diagnosis and no longer on active treatment. She is now the Principal Investigator for an R01-funded study in which she oversees recruitment from her center’s oncology clinics and works with the research team to conduct the intervention. Additionally, Dr. Sanft is the site Principal Investigator of a study looking a resilience trajectory in patients diagnosed with breast, colon, and prostate cancer, so that we may better learn who most needs help in order to thrive after cancer.  As a breast oncologist, she has a busy practice and is fortunate to serve on a CDC committee addressing breast cancer in young women. Dr. Sanft’s research focuses on healthy lifestyles and quality of life after cancer. She recently became a facilitator for a relationship-centered communication workshop that addresses how we develop therapeutic relationships with our patients and each other.

Michelle Willman, NP

Michelle Willman, NPMs. Willman is a master's prepared, nurse practitioner with more than 30 years of nursing experience. Certified in oncology and breast care, she is experienced in developing innovative, evidence-based practice strategies that promote lifelong holistic care. Ms. Willman also has a strong interest in whole-person care to prevent and manage disease.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe common surveillance issues faced by NAPBC-accredited centers and the barriers encountered to providing access to care to patients with breast cancer.
  • Discuss the changes to process and patient management that improved access to care and the patient experience.
  • Compare and contrast the experiences in a variety of health care settings and use the information to design evaluations and interventions addressing patient management and surveillance needs in their own NAPBC-accredited center.

Target Audience

The NAPBC Best Practices webinar series is for all members of the multidisciplinary care team at health care facilities that treat patients with cancer and diseases of the breast, including but not limited to: 

  • Cancer committee members
  • Navigators
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Program leadership (cancer program administrators, breast program directors, breast program leaders)
  • Registrars

Continuing Education

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for this course. 
1 continuing education credit for #2020-152 will be provided from National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).
ACS Cancer Programs is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP17437, for 1 contact hour.