Patient Education

“The best decisions are informed decisions” – this is the mantra of Comprehensive Breast Care.  It is very important, in the delivery of quality breast care, that patients be well informed of their disease, and, the risks/benefits of treatment options.

“The highest quality care is when the patient chooses the path that best fits their values, preferences, and goals and we have made sure the decisions are not the result of ignorance or fear”.

Dr. Harlan Krumholz – Yale University

Breast Cancer Survivor

How to prepare for your visit

It is quite common to be nervous the day of your office visit. Preparing ahead, may ease the level of anxiety.

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Breast Cancer Prevention

Prevention of cancer and other illnesses allows patients to feel in control. While most cancers occur sporadically, meaning beyond our control, leading a healthy lifestyle and learning about good health habits, affords patients the power of actively participating in their own cancer prevention.

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What to know about your mammogram

Mammography is the standard method of breast cancer screening. Lately, there has been quite a bit of controversy, as to the timing and frequency of screening mammography. What is right for you?

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Breast Mammogram

What does your mammogram number mean?

All breast imaging requires the use of a scoring system (BI-RADS) to standardize the interpretation. What is this ‘number’ and what does it mean?

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My Biopsy Results: “Do I Have Cancer?”

  It is very important to understand your pathology report; even when the results are benign.  Upstaging occurs when a needle biopsy underestimates the presence of a cancer.  Surgical excision may be necessary to further evaluate a finding on breast imaging.

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Breast Cancer

The discussion of breast cancer is multidisciplinary. The focus of treatment options and, insight into many aspects of breast cancer treatment is paramount to making informed decisions. These treatments may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal blockade, and, genetic testing. Invasive cancers, are cancers{abnormal cells} that can spread to lymph nodes or other organs.  These […]

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What is accelerated partial breast irradiation?

Does radiation therapy, following lumpectomy, always require a 6 week course of treatment? Perhaps not …

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CPM: Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy

The performance of mastectomy in general has recently undergone significant scrutiny.  There is simply no survival advantage offered by mastectomy over breast conservation.  Therefore, removing a contralateral unaffected breast will have no clinical benefit.

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Cryoablation

After local anesthesia and using ultrasound (sonographic) imaging, a small probe (thin hollow needle) is guided into the fibroadenoma. Extremely cold temperatures are used to destroy (ablate) the fibroadenoma. Cryoablation is comfortable and painless, as the cold acts with the local anesthesia to numb the area. Cryoablation usually takes about 5-15 minutes. No sutures are […]

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What To Expect On The Day Of Surgery

What are some of the terms that will be discussed? What are the expectations for that day? What should I expect when discharged? What should be done if there is a problem post operatively?   “Hope is wishing something would happen. Faith is believing something will happen. Courage is making something happen.”

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Post Operative Exercises

Returning to normal physical activity, following surgery, is an important component of recovery. Most patients do NOT need physical therapy, but, with a little instruction, recovery nicely on their own.

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