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New Resources for NAPBC Centers

Dear NAPBC-accredited breast center colleagues,

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Advocacy & Outreach Committee is pleased to provide your breast center with the following new resources to aid breast center staff in educating patients relative to biomarker and biomarker testing and patient/doctor communications. These resource lists are now posted for access by NAPBC contacts in the Resources section of the NAPBC accreditation portal (QPort). We encourage you to share these resources with your breast center team members and hope the staff find them useful. These resource lists will be maintained and updated on an annual basis.

More details about the resource lists are as follows:

Biomarker and Biomarker Testing Resources List

Testing for biomarkers has changed the way oncologists approach treating cancer. This testing is important in terms of uncovering biomarker driven therapy options, including targeted treatments. This resource list has been developed by the NAPBC Advocacy & Outreach Committee for use by NAPBC-accredited breast centers to share with patients interested in learning more about biomarkers and types of biomarker testing.

Patient Doctor Communication Resources

Effective physician-patient communication has been shown to positively influence health outcomes by increasing patient satisfaction, leading to greater patient understanding of health problems and treatments available, contributing to better adherence to treatment plans, and providing support and reassurance to patients. This resource list has been developed by the NAPBC Advocacy & Outreach Committee for use by NAPBC-accredited breast centers to share with patients on how to communicate with their physician(s) about their breast cancer diagnosis.

If you have any questions please contact napbc@facs.org.

On behalf of,

Sally Werner, RN, BSN, MHA, NAPBC Advocacy & Outreach Committee Chair (Cancer Support Community)

NAPBC Advocacy & Outreach Committee Members:

Wendy P Austin, RN, MS, AOCN, COA, NEA-BC, FACHE, Association of Cancer Executives
Susan Brown, MS, RN, Susan G. Komen
Lauren Chatalian, LMSW, CancerCare
Ricki Fairley, Sisters Network, Inc.
Sue Friedman, DVM, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
Janine E. Guglielmino, Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Stacy Lewis, Young Survival Coalition
Ginny Mason, RN, Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Shirley Mertz, MA, JD, Metastatic Breast Cancer Network
Linda, Moy, MD, American College of Radiology on Breast Imaging Commission
Tara Schapmire, PhD, MSSW, OSW-C, FNAP, FAOSW, Association of Oncology Social Work
Lauren Teras, PhD, American Cancer Society