Expanding the breast unit accreditation process to ensure standardization of best care for all women across Europe

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Abstract

Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the most frequent cause of cancer death in women throughout Europe. However, mortality from breast cancer is decreasing as a result of concerted action by all parties involved. It is now widely accepted that multidisciplinary teams form the basis for best practice in the management of breast cancer. Across Europe, women should have equity of access and the choice to select appropriate facilities for diagnosis and treatment and be sure they are receiving gold standard. European guidelines set up by the European Society of Mastology (EUSOMA) and the European Organization for the Research and Treatment of Cancer Breast Cancer Cooperative Group (EORTC-BCCG) to define the gold standard - entitled 'Requirements of a Breast Unit' - have been generally well received and have been influential in the introduction of the multidisciplinary approach in several countries. EUSOMA implemented a European accreditation process in order give guidance to patients and referring doctors to recognize which units meet the requirements and standards of best care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-167
Number of pages4
JournalBreast Care
Volume1
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Breast units, Accreditation
  • Quality assurance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Oncology
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Transplantation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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