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Nora M. Hansen, Sally Anne Scherer, and Seema Khan

The management of patients with breast cancer has become very complex, and a multidisciplinary approach is paramount to optimal treatment. A multidisciplinary approach requires timely coordination among the varied disciplines involved in patient care, and timely intervention has been shown to lead to better outcomes. To evaluate some of the key processes in providing timely multidisciplinary care, NCCN awarded grants to institutions to evaluate opportunities for improvement in breast cancer care. This article reports on the opportunities for improvement project at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

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Therese B. Bevers, Mark Helvie, Ermelinda Bonaccio, Kristine E. Calhoun, Mary B. Daly, William B. Farrar, Judy E. Garber, Richard Gray, Caprice C. Greenberg, Rachel Greenup, Nora M. Hansen, Randall E. Harris, Alexandra S. Heerdt, Teresa Helsten, Linda Hodgkiss, Tamarya L. Hoyt, John G. Huff, Lisa Jacobs, Constance Dobbins Lehman, Barbara Monsees, Bethany L. Niell, Catherine C. Parker, Mark Pearlman, Liane Philpotts, Laura B. Shepardson, Mary Lou Smith, Matthew Stein, Lusine Tumyan, Cheryl Williams, Mary Anne Bergman, and Rashmi Kumar

The NCCN Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis have been developed to facilitate clinical decision making. This manuscript discusses the diagnostic evaluation of individuals with suspected breast cancer due to either abnormal imaging and/or physical findings. For breast cancer screening recommendations, please see the full guidelines on NCCN.org.