Breast Cancer Diagnosis: Comprehensive Care Throughout the Breast Cancer Process
Compassionate Team Leads Patients through the Process of Breast Cancer Diagnosis
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center provides professional nurse navigators to help patients through every step of the breast cancer process, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Our highly skilled nurses ease patients’ fears and anxieties and schedule important appointments to keep the necessary breast cancer treatment on track.
Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Tumor Board
Once a patient has a breast cancer diagnosis, her case is presented at a multidisciplinary breast cancer tumor board meeting, where it is reviewed by all members of the team, including:
- Surgical oncologists
- Medical oncologists
- Nurse practitioners
- Plastic surgeons
- Radiation oncologists
- Medical geneticists
- Genetic counselors
- Social workers
- Nurse navigators
After discussion and review of the clinical case, pathology findings and breast imaging, the medical professionals at the breast cancer tumor board meeting make a consensus recommendation for the best treatment options for the patient. These recommendations follow the latest national care guidelines for treating breast cancer.
Additionally, our experts have the knowledge and experience to provide patients with special opportunities to participate in leading-edge breast cancer clinical trials.
Referrals to Specialists
If patients request an appointment with a specialist, our nurse navigators help to educate the patient about what to expect and also schedule appointments with:
- A surgical, medical and/or radiation oncologist specializing in breast cancer
- Oncoplastic surgeon
- Social support provider