Super Surveillance

Surveillance of patients with breast cancer is a necessary step to ensure that they receive the right care at the right time both during the active portion of treatment and in the post-treatment phase. The speakers will discuss the challenges encountered with process and patient management and the changes enacted that improved access to care and the patient experience.

Target Audience

The NAPBC Best Practices webinar series is for all members of the multidisciplinary care team at health care facilities that treat patients with cancer and diseases of the breast, including but not limited to: 

  • Cancer committee members
  • Navigators
  • Nurses
  • Physicians 
  • Program leadership (cancer program administrators, breast program directors, breast program leaders)
  • Registrars

Learning Objectives

  • Describe common surveillance issues faced by National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)-accredited centers and the barriers encountered to providing access to care to patients with breast cancer.
  • Discuss the changes to process and patient management that improved access to care and the patient experience.
  • Compare and contrast the experiences in a variety of health care settings and use the information to design evaluations and interventions addressing patient management and surveillance needs in their own NAPBC-accredited center.


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 CE Contact hours
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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Disclosure Information

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Commercial Interest

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Presenter and Disclosures

Moderator: Melissa Nye, RN, BA, CN-BN - Nothing to disclose

Panelists: Sramila Aithal, MD - Pfizer - Honorarium; Puma - Honorarium; Novartis - Honorium
A board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist-oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America CTCA), Philadelphia, Dr. Aithal provides patient-centered personalized cancer care as part of a multidisciplinary team of Breast Center of Advanced Oncology. She is the director and co-lead of Breast Center of Advanced Oncology at CTCA, an NAPBC-certified and QOPI-certified program. Dr. Aithal is the chief of medical oncology at CTCA Philadelphia. She serves as the physician investigator for various clinical trials sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry, National Cancer Institute, ASCO, and more, which are important treatment options for patients. Dr Aithal is the speaker and faculty at various continuing medical education programs on breast cancer topics. She is also board-certified in Internal medicine. Dr. Aithal earned a medical degree from Ambedkar Medical College (Bangalore University) in Bangalore, India. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Tara Sanft, MD - Nothing to disclose
Dr. Sanft is an associate professor of medicine and the director of the Adult Survivorship Program at Yale University, Yale Cancer Center, New Haven, CT. She treats women diagnosed with breast cancer and oversees a weekly survivorship clinic that provides comprehensive consultations to adult cancer survivors regarding medical care and lifestyle recommendations. In addition, Dr. Sanft conducts a long-term breast cancer survivor clinic where she sees women who are less than 5 years from diagnosis and no longer on active treatment. She is now the principal investigator for an R01-funded study in which she oversees recruitment from her center’s oncology clinics and works with the research team to conduct the intervention. Additionally, Dr. Sanft is the site principal investigator of a study looking at resilience trajectory in patients diagnosed with breast, colon, and prostate cancer so that we may better learn who most needs help in order to thrive after cancer. As a breast oncologist, she has a busy practice and is fortunate to serve on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention committee addressing breast cancer in young women. Dr. Sanft’s research focuses on healthy lifestyles and quality of life after cancer. She recently became a facilitator for a Relationship-Centered Communication Workshop that addresses how we develop therapeutic relationships with our patients and each other.  

Michelle Willman, NP - Nothing to disclose

Ms. Willman is a masters-prepared, nurse practitioner with more than 30 years of nursing experience. Certified in oncology and breast care, she is experienced in developing innovative, evidence-based practice strategies that promote lifelong holistic care. Ms. Willman also has a strong interest in whole-person care to prevent and manage disease. 

Program Committee Disclosures 

Colette A. Salm-Schmid, MD FACS – Nothing to Disclose 
Judy Kneece, RN, OCN - EduCare Inc- salary, President
Denise Margaret Mammolito, MD FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Katharine Yao, MD FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Asa Carter, MBA, CTR - Nothing to Disclose
Chantel Ellis - Nothing to Disclose
Andréa Scrementi - Nothing to Disclose    

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 CE Contact hours
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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