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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY July 2012 Issue | Archived Issues

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Two new Breast Center programs target high-risk women and cancer survivors

By Alice Chung, MD, FACS

The surgeons at the Cedars-Sinai Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center – A Project of Women's Guild at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute – treat patients with benign and malignant breast disease. The center has experienced tremendous growth over the past year.

A large number of patients who are seen at the Breast Center include women who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer or are considered to be at increased risk for breast cancer, due to family history or diagnosis of a high-risk lesion. We recognize that these patients have specific needs and are developing a comprehensive program designed to address these needs that will be available at the Breast Center in the very near future.

Treating physicians who identify patients who may be appropriate candidates for these programs may refer them to the Breast Center for a consultation.

High-Risk Clinic

The first program is a High-Risk Clinic intended for women with first-degree relatives affected by breast cancer or women who have been diagnosed with a high-risk lesion, such as lobular carcinoma in situ or atypical ductal hyperplasia.

Patients are evaluated by a skilled nurse practitioner, psycho-social counselor, nutritionist, genetics counselor and exercise consultant and are provided with education and counseling when needed. Patients will be followed biannually and may be referred to back to their physician in the event that a medical problem is diagnosed.

Journey to Wellness

The second program is our Journey to Wellness Program, designed to assist patients who have been treated with breast cancer with any issues related to their treatment and to guide them back to wellness.

Patients may be referred to this program if they have been surgically treated for breast cancer at least eight weeks prior to their initial consultation with the program. They will be evaluated by a nurse practitioner, psycho-social counselor, nutritionist, physical therapist and possibly an acupuncturist.

This comprehensive program aims to address issues with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal therapy, diet, exercise, lymphedema, body image, sexuality, stress and depression. It serves as a venue for physicians to assist with patient recovery, and patients may be subsequently followed by their surgeon, nurse practitioner, or primary physician, depending on the desire of the patient and her physicians.

These programs offer a unique approach to patient care that will enhance the treatment for high-risk patients and those recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and they will be available to physicians throughout the Cedars-Sinai community.

Want to learn more or refer a patient?

Inquiries may be directed to Sherry Goldman, NP, at (310) 423-9331.