A Focus on Breast Health
Flagler Hospital is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for
Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College
of Surgeons. NAPBC accreditation challenges breast cancer centers to enhance
the care they provide by addressing patient-centered needs and measuring
the quality of the care they deliver against national standards.
Flagler Hospital's Breast Health program offers some of the industry's
most advanced early detection technology, including digital mammography,
ultrasound and breast MRI. A comprehensive team of technologists, radiologists
and pathologists work together to identify breast cancer at the earliest
possible stage, including pre-cancerous activity.
Once a diagnosis is made, the hospital provides a breast cancer nurse navigator
who works individually with each patient to take the complex journey of breast
cancer treatment and surround the experience with compassionate, knowledgeable,
respectful support - from helping patients understand the treatment options
provided by physicians, to communicating with family members and attending
The Flagler Hospital breast health program also facilitates bimonthly interdisciplinary
breast cancer conferences. Every newly-diagnosed breast cancer case is
presented to a panel of physicians and other members of the breast care
team for review of pathology and radiology images and discussion of staging
and treatment guidelines.
Medical Oncologists, Pathologists, Radiologists, Radiation Oncologists,
Surgeons, specially trained nurses, radiology technologists and staff
in our Cancer Education &Support Center all work together to help
patients heal the mind, body and spirit through advanced diagnosis, treatment
options, support groups and wellness offerings.
Flagler Imaging Center offers digital mammography, which captures images
of the breast using low doses of radiation.
Our digital Senographe Essential offers the largest field of view available
in mammography today, which means that virtually any woman - from petite
to full figured - can be scanned in a single exposure per view. During
reading, the Radiologist is able to change the magnification, orientation,
brightness, and contrast of these images.
Services offered by the mammography department include screening and digital
mammograms, as well as needle localizations for breast biopsies.
Breast Cancer Patient Navigation
Flagler Hospital's patient navigator program has been designed to help
patients move through the process of breast cancer all the way through
diagnosis, surgery, treatment and recovery. Your Navigator will answer
any questions which might arise, discuss test results and recommended
treatments, serve as your advisor and advocate, and help coordinate your
personalized care plan the importance of this role is best expressed through
the words of a patient.
"Being away from home was particularly frightening, while also knowing
the serious possibilities that could have occurred. Flagler's navigator
was informative, caring, and showed empathy to my situation. She listened
to my fears and helped so much... "
Cancer Education & Support Center
This center houses a resource library for the community that is home to
books and journals, Internet access stations, and an information desk
with educational materials to make the experience for patients diagnosed
with cancer as easy and informative as possible. The Education & Support
Center works closely with numerous organizations dedicated to education,
research and support for cancer patients