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Published on February 19, 2013

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Named Mid-Missouri's Only American College Of Surgeons-Accredited Breast Center

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Ellis Fischel Cancer Center’s breast health program has received a three-year accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. It is the only breast center in central Missouri to have received the accreditation.

“At Ellis Fischel, we are committed to providing our patients comprehensive, compassionate care with a focus on advanced treatment techniques and technologies,” said Paul Dale, M.D., interim medical director of Ellis Fischel, chief of surgical oncology and Margaret Proctor Mulligan Distinguished Professor in Medical Research. “This accreditation demonstrates the extraordinary care we provide in screening, diagnosing and treating breast cancer with a multidisciplinary team of experts, as well as the excellent quality of the programs we provide for breast cancer survivors and the research we are conducting to improve cancer treatment in the future.”

To achieve accreditation, Ellis Fischel’s breast health program demonstrated how it meets or exceeds all 27 standards that represent a comprehensive breast center, including screening, treatment, research and community outreach.

Approval by the accreditation program is given only to breast centers that have voluntarily committed to providing a full range of breast cancer care. To maintain accreditation, breast centers must undergo a rigorous evaluation process and an on-site performance review every three years.

“We’re very proud of this accreditation because it shows we meet the American College of Surgeons’ high standards for a comprehensive breast center,” said Debra Deeken, RN, MSN, manager of Ellis Fischel’s breast center. “With digital and 3-D mammography, as well as our mammogram van, which travels to towns throughout central Missouri, we’re able to catch breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable. Our expert team of surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists treat cancer using the most advanced techniques. And our genetic counselor, nurse navigator and rehabilitation therapists help guide patients through treatment and survivorship.”

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, a part of University of Missouri Health Care, provides comprehensive cancer care to patients from every county in the state. More than 100 physician specialists and other trained professionals work together to improve and save the lives of cancer patients. Designated Missouri’s official state cancer center in 2004, Ellis Fischel services include inpatient and outpatient treatment and cancer screening.