Breast Cancer Treatments & Services
Today’s breast cancer patients have more treatment options than ever before. Treatment for breast cancer can involve surgery, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and systemic therapy such as chemotherapy—or any combination of these.
The Breast Center offers many options for treatment, all offered through individualized treatment plans.
Systemic Therapy (Chemotherapy) for Breast Cancer
Breast medical oncology is one of the most rapidly evolving areas of subspecialty in the treatment of breast cancer. Our patients benefit from our breast medical oncology team's specialized knowledge and expert treatment.
Our medical oncologists specialize in breast cancer and bring the highest level of skill to matching the disease with the best systemic therapies, which include chemotherapies, hormonal treatments, and the latest targeted biological agents.
In addition to providing the latest evidence-based treatments for breast cancer, the team also offers clinical research protocols for novel agents or dosing methods. Access to clinical trials through a variety of mechanisms ensures the patient that the treatments offered will be state-of-the-art.
Radiation therapy is a central component of the treatment of most breast cancers today. At the Maimonides Breast Center, our radiation oncology team is dedicated to providing every patient with state-of-the-art, evidence-based care with personalized attention to individual needs.
Our radiation oncologists and dedicated medical physicists and therapists have extensive experience in the latest techniques that provide precise radiation treatments to patients. To ensure the highest chance of obtaining a cure, while minimizing the risks for radiation side effects, the Maimonides radiation oncology team utilizes the most sophisticated treatment planning equipment to pinpoint the tumors and spare the normal tissues any unnecessary toxicity.
Once a treatment plan is developed, our radiation oncology team uses the most advanced technology available for radiation delivery, including Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and High Dose Rate Remote Afterloading. Dedicated to patient safety, our staff continually performs vigorous and sophisticated testing for quality assurance, and the Maimonides Cancer Center’s radiation therapy unit has received recognition as one of the safest and most accurate units in the country.
Surgery and Breast Reconstruction
Most breast cancer patients undergo some form of surgery, whether it’s a lumpectomy, a partial mastectomy, or a mastectomy. Breast cancer surgery has evolved dramatically over the past two decades, making it possible to remove less of the normal breast tissue during surgery.
At the Maimonides Breast Center, we are dedicated to giving the patient both the best chance for survival and the best chance to spare the breast. Our surgical team has played a leading role in the development of technical advances that spare breast tissue, and we have some of the highest success rates of breast conservation therapy.
In our advanced surgical procedure suite, we offer a full range of the latest surgical techniques and procedures to treat patients with breast cancer. Our board certified surgeons also have extensive experience and high success rates in the latest innovative tissue-sparing procedures—from sentinal node biopsy, which involves the removal of fewer lymph nodes than standard lymph node surgery, to skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomies, which optimize the results of breast reconstruction. Working closely in conjunction with plastic surgery, we also offer the full spectrum of innovative approaches for breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
Supportive Care Services
Many aspects of life may be changed as a result of breast cancer and treatment. Whether concerns are emotional or spiritual, or about transportation, occupation, home care or finances, our goal is to assist with coping. A variety of support and educational services are available to help patients and their families in managing the stresses that go beyond the diagnosis and treatment.
Members of our supportive services team include a psychiatrist, psychologist, and social worker, who can offer a variety of social and mental health services. Our nutritionist can provide counseling to help patients make good dietary choices, and we also offer support programs such as Reiki and yoga. Services such as these play an important part in our approach to fostering physical, spiritual, and emotional healing.
In addition, we offer genetic counseling as well as testing for specific genes called BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 that predispose to breast and ovarian cancer. Brooklyn has one of the highest rates of genetic breast cancer in the country. Our team of specialists played a major role in the discovery of these genes and continue to lead the nation in the integration of their use into clinical practice.
Find out more and speak with a specialist.
Call 718-765-2520 to make an appointment with a breast cancer specialist or request an appointment online today.