Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Achieves National Accreditation for Breast Cancer Partnership


The Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute has received a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (

Davenport, Florida, October 21, 2021 – Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), in collaboration with AdventHealth Heart of Florida and Central Florida Cancer Institute, received three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a quality program from the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

The Breast Cancer Program received this designation for meeting national standards of excellence in providing comprehensive, patient-centered, multidisciplinary care and high-quality clinical outcomes for patients with the disease. breast.

FCS Medical Oncologist Swati Pathak, MD, said, “We value our partnership with our colleagues to ensure that patients in our community have access to a full range of exceptional breast cancer care and treatment and other breast diseases. “

“This accreditation confirms that our patients consistently receive the highest quality care, which translates into exceptional clinical outcomes,” added Wasif Riaz, MD, FCS medical oncologist. “We are extremely proud. “

“We are pleased to be able to provide the residents of Polk County with the highest quality breast cancer care through our nationally accredited program,” said Paul Williams, MD, surgical breast oncologist at AdventHealth Heart of Florida . “Our breast care team is dedicated to providing exceptional care to patients with breast cancer and is grateful for this recognition from NAPBC.”

NAPBC Accredited Centers demonstrate excellence in program leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional training and quality improvement. Patients receiving care at an NAPBC accredited center have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling and patient-centered services, including navigation through care.

“Our team is focused on treating the whole patient through advanced medical and surgical therapies as well as personalized cancer treatment and aftercare education. We can also help patients access necessary resources, ranging from psychosocial support to nutritional counseling and financial assistance, ”said Dr Williams.

Receiving care at a NAPBC accredited center like FCS ensures that patients have access to:
• Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services
• A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options, and
• Information on clinical trials and new treatment options

Participating NAPBC Accredited Breast Program Providers include:

Florida Cancer Research Institute and Specialists:

  • Swati Pathak, MD
  • Wasif Riaz, MD

AdventHealth Heart of Florida:

  • Edgar Morales, MD
  • Hassan Shahid, MD
  • Paul Williams, MD

Central Florida Cancer Institute:

  • Randy Heysek, MD, FACRO
  • Sandra Sha, MD

For more information or to refer a patient, call (863) 421-7109.


The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving the quality of care and monitoring the outcomes of patients with breast disease. This mission is pursued through the establishment of standards, scientific validation and the education of patients and professionals. Its board of directors includes professionals from 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care. For more information on NAPBC, visit www.facs.org.napbc.


About Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, LLC: (FLCancer.com)

Recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with a National Clinical Trial Participation Award, the Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) gives patients access to more clinical trials than any practice of private oncology in Florida. Over the past four years, the majority of new cancer drugs approved for use in the United States have been studied in clinical trials with the participation of cancer specialists from Florida. News and World Report.

Founded in 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists has built a national reputation for excellence that is reflected in exceptional and compassionate patient care, guided by innovative clinical research, cutting-edge technologies and advanced treatments, including targeted therapies, treatments based on genomics and immunotherapy. Our highest values ​​are embodied by our exceptional team of highly qualified and dedicated physicians, clinicians and staff.

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About AdventHealth Heart of Florida

AdventHealth Heart of Florida is a 202 bed acute care hospital in Davenport, Florida. Formerly known as the Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, since the 1960s it has provided health services and a wide range of medical specialties ranging from women’s health to bariatric surgery and weight loss. cardiology, emergency services, joint replacement, maternity care, orthopedics, stroke care and more. The hospital is part of the AdventHealth Care network, based in Altamonte Springs. With more than 80,000 team members, AdventHealth is one of the nation’s largest faith-based health care systems with nearly 50 hospitals and hundreds of care sites in nearly a dozen states. With the mission of expanding the healing ministry of Christ, AdventHealth provides comprehensive human care to heal body, mind, and spirit. For more information, visit AdventHealthHeartofFlorida.com.

About the Central Florida Cancer Institute

The Central Florida Cancer Institute is a cancer treatment center established in 1999 by Dr. Randy Heysek in Davenport, Florida. The treatment center specializes in cutting-edge radiotherapy treatments, and its mission is to bring advanced cancer treatment technology closer to the home for patient comfort and ease of access for cancer patients and their families. Although the initial facility began in 1999 with 5,000 square feet of medical space, the Central Florida Cancer Institute quickly grew to expand into the Lake Wales Community Building, an additional 7,500-foot treatment facility. square, before moving to its current state of play. art 17,000 square feet of cancer treatment in January 2010. The institute offers the most unique and advanced technology for cancer patients, including AccuBoost®, a unique imaging-guided treatment of breast cancer, as well as radiosurgery, intensity modulated radiotherapy, fluoroscopy and cone beam CT image guidance, 3D treatment and treatment of cancer by high dose rate brachytherapy.


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