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

Glossary, Key Terms, and Acronyms

Accession number: A unique patient identifier assigned when the patient is abstracted in the cancer registry. The accession number consists of the year in which the patient was first seen at the reporting facility and the consecutive order in which the patient was abstracted.

Adjuvant therapy: Additional treatment given after primary treatment (typically surgery) to reduce the risk of recurrence, e.g., systemic therapy or radiation therapy.

Annually: Once each calendar year.

ACR:  American College of Radiology

Breast Center: The Breast Center is a singular or multiple locations providing diagnostic services, treatment services, and comprehensive care for patients with breast disease.

Breast Program Director (BPD):  See definition and requirements in Standard 1.1.

Breast Program Leadership Committee (BPLC):  See definition and requirements in Standard 1.1.

Breast Care Team (BCT): See definition and requirements in Standard 1.1.

Calendar year: January 1-December 31.

Calendar month: The first of the month through the last day of the month. For example, March 1 to March 31 or April 1 to April 30.

CAP:  College of American Pathologists

Class of Case: Class of Case divides cases into two groups that reflects the program’s primary responsibility in managing the cancer, analytic and non-analytic cases.  More information Class of Case is available in the Facility Oncology Registry Data Standards.

Community representative: an individual who resides within the breast center’s service area

Compliance: The Breast Center meets all rating criteria as stated in each standard

Definitive treatment: Neoadjuvant therapy, surgical resection, initiation of non-operative care, or initiation of palliative care.

Eligible Breast Cancer Patients: Breast cancer patients who are treated by a physician member of the Breast Care Team (BCT) at the Breast Center.

Elsewhere:  A hospital, facility, or health care organization that is not owned, co-owned, or part of the licensure of the Breast Center.

Medical Records Review: The evaluation of patient medical records to determine compliance with specific standards.  

Monitor: Closely and consistently observe and evaluate a function or process.

NAPBC: National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

Neoadjuvant therapy:  Treatment given to initiative treatment and/or reduce the size of the primary breast cancer before the primary surgical treatment.

Newly diagnosed: Patients who have received a breast cancer diagnosis at the Breast Center

Noncompliance: The Breast Center does not meet one or more of the rating criteria as stated in each standard

Patient representative: a current or former breast center patient

Performance Report: Document notifying the Breast Center of the accreditation award

Previously Undiagnosed: Breast cancer patients who receive the first diagnosis of breast cancer at the Breast Center.

Provided Services: Diagnostic services, treatment services, and comprehensive care are provided at the Breast Center

Rating Criteria: The required elements for each standard that are evaluated during the site visit to determine compliance

Referred Services: Diagnostic services, treatment services, and comprehensive care are provided elsewhere

Satellite: A satellite must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Shared leadership with main center
  2. Shared interdisciplinary breast cancer conference
  3. Shared medical records (electronic or paper)
  4. Must see patients at this center

Site Visit: An on-site review of the breast center by an NAPBC surveyor to determine compliance with NAPBC standards.

Surveyor: NAPBC-trained physician or other health care professional who conducts site visits and reviews breast center program activity documentation.