Breast Cancer Treatment Outcomes
|Newton-Wellesley Hospital's Auerbach Breast Center, in collaboration with the Vernon Cancer Center, is a high volume community breast cancer center that provides advanced diagnosis and surgical and hormonal treatments with excellent outcomes. With personalized, expert treatment that is customized to the patient, our program often beats the national and regional benchmarks for quality care.|
|Stage at Diagnosis|
|Compared to the National Cancer Data Base, Newton-Wellesley has an earlier stage of diagnosis. We diagnose 69% of breast cancers as stage 0 or I. Nationally, 58% of breast cancers are diagnosed as stage 0 or I.|
|Types of Breast Cancer Treatment|
|We use both hormonal therapy and surgery plus radiation more often than other institutions in the National Cancer Data Base.|
|Surgery by Stage|
|More patients with early stages of breast cancer are treated with lumpectomies than mastectomies at Newton-Wellesley.|
|Age of Breast Cancer Patients|
|Thirty-three percent of our patients are under age 50 at diagnosis, compared to 22% of patients nationally.|
|Time Between Mammogram and Biopsy|
|The Society of Breast Imaging newsletter in 2004 challenged programs to limit the time between screening mammograms and biopsy to less than 10 to 12 days. Newton-Wellesley's average time from mammography to biopsy is 4.4 days.|
|Breast Cancer Process Measures|
|Patients at Newton-Wellesley who we recommend should have chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and radiation when appropriate have the procedures 100% of the time. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) ranks our percentage statistically better than average.|
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