Patients should combine information from several sources before choosing a breast cancer treatment center, including referrals from trusted sources, a personal visit to the facility, a review of ratings from accrediting organizations, and reading publications that rate breast cancer treatment centers, recommends the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Patients should seek treatment from a comprehensive cancer treatment center such as Sloan Kettering if there is one nearby, WebMD recommends. These comprehensive treatment centers have multidisciplinary teams and access to the latest state-of-the-art treatment options, including clinical trials.
It is a myth that a patient cannot simply call one these highly ranked cancer treatment centers to request an appointment. These centers all have dedicated patient access lines, and they can schedule an appointment for any patient. Patients who can't travel to receive treatment should consult a commission on cancer-accredited hospitals in order to find the best treatment option close to home, according to WebMD.