Our clinical philosophy is based on comprehensive, collaborative care for every patient. Breast cancer is a complex disease and often requires the expertise of multiple specialists in order to obtain the best outcomes. Our Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic offers the latest advancements in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery options for you. During the initial visit to the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic, you will meet sequentially with three breast cancer specialists, a surgical oncologists, a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist. In addition, you will meet with our nurse navigator who helps coordinate all the steps in the treatment plan.
Our compassionate team will be beside you every step of the way, bringing you the most advanced care available along with the expertise of our breast cancer physicians and staff in a comfortable, healing and hope-filled environment.
Breast Surgical Oncology
Surgery is the most common treatment method used for breast cancer. During the surgical procedure, cancerous tissue is removed, often with some lymph nodes from the armpit, to determine whether the disease has spread beyond the breast tissue. Radiation, hormone therapy or chemotherapy, depending upon the stage and characteristics of the tumor, may follow surgery. Typical surgical procedures include:
- Lumpectomy or Partial Mastectomy - Involves removal of the cancerous tumor and a small amount of healthy surrounding tissue
- Total Mastectomy - Involves removal of the entire breast and lining of the chest muscle, however the skin of the breast may be left intact for breast reconstruction
- Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy - A minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes few lymph nodes from the armpit in order to identify patients in whom the disease has or has not spread to the lymph nodes under the arm. If the disease has spread to the sentinel lymph node(s), additional nodes may or may not need to be removed by a procedure called axillary lymph node dissection.
Breast Medical Oncology
Your breast medical oncologist is a specialist in breast cancer treatment who utilizes drugs given either through the veins or by mouth in order to inactivate or destroy cancer cells, so that the risk of the tumor coming back at another site is decreased. Examples of treatments used by medical oncologists are chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and biologic therapy. All these treatments work by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells. Some of the treatments also may harm healthy cells that divide quickly, such as those lining the inside of the mouth and intestines, the white blood cells and the ones that cause hair to grow. Damage to these healthy cells may cause side effects, however often the side effects improve or go away when chemotherapy is finished.
Your medical oncologist will work closely with other members of your care team to ensure you are receiving the best treatment for you and help manage your side effects.
Breast Radiation Oncology
Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation may come from a machine (external radiation therapy) or by temporarily placing materials that produce radiation into the area of cancerous tumors (internal radiation therapy).
Your treatment course will be thoroughly followed by your radiation oncologist and treatment team, who will regularly check on the effects from your radiation treatment. As a patient at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, your needs will be followed and treated with the utmost care by our oncology team.
Plastic and Reconstructive Center
Preserving your positive self-image during or after cancer treatment is one of the important reasons why UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health created the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center. Our surgeons have extensive experience performing advanced microsurgical procedures, and our high success rate demonstrates our unwavering commitment to providing the best care available to you. We are dedicated to ensuring that no patient suffers from avoidable defects left by cancer or trauma.
Our surgeons offer comprehensive, state of the art breast reconstruction techniques for patients undergoing cancer treatment, as well as, congenital and acquired breast deformities. We are proud to be the only facility in Central Florida offering microvascular reconstruction with the Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) flap. This complex procedure uses the excess skin and fat from the abdomen (tummy tuck) to sculpt a natural breast, completely sparing the abdominal muscles. Our plastic surgeons are among an elite group of surgeons utilizing a team approach to perform this procedure efficiently and with a high rate of success.
The Integrative Medicine Program treats the whole person – mind, body and spirit – and is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health and well-being in all aspects of life. We believe conventional Western medicine is the best approach to combat cancer and other diseases, but there are complementary paths to aid healing by improving your physical, emotional and social health. The ultimate goal is to optimize quality of live, overall health and clinical outcomes through personalized, evidenced-based approaches and research-based education.A variety of research-supported, complementary approaches to symptom and distress management are available to patients who would like to try them, or who have already benefitted from them in the past. These approaches are generally not reimbursable by insurance and prices and therapies for inpatient and outpatient services vary depending on the certified practitioners available.
Available approaches include:
- Oncology massage therapy
- Relaxation techniques
- Tai chi
- Qi gong
- Creative arts
- Healing touch
- Music therapy
For a complete listing and pricing information, please call 321.841.5056.