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Facing Breast Cancer as a Team at Sanford Health

Oct 22, 2021 07:00AM ● By Med Magazine

When your patients need us, we become a part of your team – collaborating with you at every step of their breast cancer journey. Our multidisciplinary oncology team uses the most advanced training and technology to personalize treatment for every patient’s genetics and cancer type.

We support patients with:

  • A breast-specific tumor board

  • Clinical trials and research

  • Multidisciplinary clinic

  • Innovative therapy options

Specialized Breast Cancer Care: A Team Approach

The Edith Sanford Breast Center is home to the most experienced multidisciplinary team and a full range of services, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, reconstruction and surgery. 

For every patient referral, our specialists partner with the referring provider to deliver a streamlined experience and cancer services as close to home as possible. Our oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, technicians, nurses and other breast experts serve as an extension team, offering compassionate care personalized for every patient’s unique cancer diagnosis and genetics.

BREAST-SPECIFIC TUMOR BOARD

Patient cases are presented and discussed at a weekly tumor board for breast cancer patients. The tumor board is comprised of specialists from all areas of cancer care, including breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, nurse navigators, researchers and more.

Together, they review each patient’s images, pathology and all aspects of their case to develop a treatment plan that incorporates the expert insights of a room full of providers from multiple specialties.

“If I can get 30 other provider’s expertise on their plan and if we all agree, the patient can feel very confident that we have the right treatment tailored just to them and their diagnosis,” says Jesse Dirksen, MD, surgical director and breast surgeon at Edith Sanford Breast Center.

MULTIDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION

At our multidisciplinary cancer clinic, patients consult with their whole care team about their treatment. In one visit, patients walk away understanding every step of their cancer journey. Each specialist sits down with the patient to discuss their options and answer any questions.

When diagnosed, patients may also be assigned a nurse navigator. This registered nurse is a consistent voice and resource for the patient and their family, ensuring they can navigate our health system with ease. During their first visit and throughout their treatment, the nurse navigator is alongside the patient, acting as point of contact.

Our cancer centers are nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer. This recognition shows that we provide complete, quality care focused on each unique patient’s needs.

LEADING IN RESEARCH

As a part of Sanford Health, we integrate research into patient care, meaning our cancer patients have access to the latest treatments, medications and diagnostic methods.

The Edith Sanford Breast Center performs cutting-edge genomic research to identify specific treatments that will work best for each patient and help prevent breast cancer on an individual basis.

We have clinical trials available for prevention, diagnosis and screening, treatment, cancer control and quality of life, survivorship and population health. Through clinical trials, our researchers are determining new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat breast cancer and improve survivorship

Refer a patient: (844) 851-1515

sanfordhealth.org/referral-center

Visit edith.sanfordhealth.org to learn about our breast cancer services.