Breast Cancer

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Winning the Battle Against Breast Cancer

If you are seeking treatment for breast cancer, you probably already know how widespread it is among women. 

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The good news is that breast cancer is a highly curable disease if detected and treated early. Where you choose to go for initial treatment also has a significant impact on your likelihood of survival. As you can see below, breast cancer patients treated by SCCA have high survival rates compared to other treatment centers.

Breast Cancer Survival Rates

Below are the five-year survival rates for breast cancer patients treated by SCCA compared to patients who were treated for breast cancer elsewhere. This information was collected by the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) for patients who were diagnosed and treated between 2003 and 2005 and then followed for five years. We're only showing survival rates for patients diagnosed with stage 0, stage I, stage II, and stage III breast cancer. There were not enough patients who were first diagnosed and treated at SCCA with stage IV breast cancer to provide meaningful results.

Stage 0 Breast Cancer

  • SCCA patients are represented by the green line. Their five-year survival rate was 99 percent from the time they were first diagnosed by SCCA. Note that only patients who received all of their care from SCCA are included.
  • Patients from the other types of treatment centers—Community Cancer Centers, Comprehensive Community Cancer Centers, and Academic/Research Hospitals—are represented by the yellow line. Their combined five-year survival rate was 96 percent.

Stage I Breast Cancer

  • SCCA patients are represented by the green line. Their five-year survival rate was 94 percent from the time they were first diagnosed by SCCA. Note that only patients who received all of their care from SCCA are included.
  • Patients from the other types of treatment centers—Community Cancer Centers, Comprehensive Community Cancer Centers, and Academic/Research Hospitals—are represented by the yellow line. Their five-year survival rate was 92 percent.
  • Note: While the SCCA survival rates appear to be better for stage I breast cancer, the data could not be statistically validated.

Stage II Breast Cancer

  • SCCA patients are represented by the green line. Their five-year survival rate was 94 percent from the time they were first diagnosed by SCCA. Note that only patients who received all of their care from SCCA are included.
  • Patients from the other types of treatment centers—Community Cancer Centers, Comprehensive Community Cancer Centers, and Academic/Research Hospitals—are represented by the yellow line. Their combined five-year survival rate was 85 percent.

Stage III Breast Cancer

  • SCCA patients are represented by the green line. Their five-year survival rate was 85 percent from the time they were first diagnosed by SCCA. Note that only patients who received all of their care from SCCA are included.
  • Patients from the other types of treatment centers—Community Cancer Centers, Comprehensive Community Cancer Centers, and Academic/Research Hospitals—are represented by the yellow line. Their combined five-year survival rate was 66 percent.

The NCDB tracks the outcomes of 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer in the United States from more than 1,500 commission-accredited cancer programs. It has been collecting data from hospital cancer registries since 1989 and now has almost 29 million records. 

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