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The Center for Breast Care Earns Top Marks


If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with breast cancer, you will have many options to consider and decisions to make. But there is one thing you won’t have to worry about—where to find the best possible treatment for your condition.

That’s because the best in today’s breast cancer care is available right here in Frederick at The Center for Breast Care at FMH Crestwood. Under the leadership of fellowship-trained breast surgeon Dr. Susan Bahl, The Center for Breast Care has earned a three-year accreditation from a prestigious independent review board, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). This outstanding achievement certifies that The Center for Breast Care complies with all established treatment standards, and is committed to offering patients every advantage in their battle against breast disease.

And most importantly, quality breast care close to home.

“This is an outstanding achievement for FMH and the Center for Breast Care,” said FMH Oncology Service Line Director Carol Mastalerz. “Many centers do not achieve accreditation on the first survey. Dr. Bahl and her team achieved accreditation on their first try. This is a proud day for FMH and The Center for Breast Care.”

The American Cancer Society estimates that 232,340 patients were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2013. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women will deal with benign breast and require medical evaluation for treatment options.

One of the most important considerations when choosing a treatment option is the type and level of accreditation the program has earned. The NAPBC is a prestigious group of highly experienced representatives from many different medical disciplines who uphold nationally recognized quality performance measures for breast cancer treatment, and monitors a program’s compliance with the highest standards of care for patients with diseases of the breast.

NAPBC accreditation is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care, and that undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures women that they will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Quality breast care close to home.

Women who choose The Center for Breast Care at FMH Crestwood can rest assured that they have chosen a treatment program that has demonstrated a firm commitment to offering patients every advantage in their battle against breast disease.

The Center for Breast Care is located at FMH Crestwood, 7211 Bank Court, Suite 110, Frederick, MD 21703. For more information, call 301-418-6611.