Breast Cancer at its Best
By Cassann Blake, MD
Cleveland Clinic Florida Breast Surgeon / October 1, 2014
One in eight women will get breast cancer. The good news is that the death rate from breast cancer has dropped about 2 percent per year since 1990, thanks to earlier detection, new treatments and a better understanding of the disease. Our unique approach to breast cancer is born out of the belief that women should play an active role in their healthcare by asking questions, discussing treatment alternatives and working with their healthcare team to determine their best options.
Breast Cancer Epidemiology
A gene can develop an abnormality that changes how the cell works. The most common causes of hereditary breast cancer include mutations in the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene. There are other hereditary causes of breast cancer, but these are the most prevalent. These genes can be inherited from either parent. At Cleveland Clinic Florida, high-risk women can be tested to screen for mutations in the BRCA genes. However, genetic testing is done only when definitely indicated by a personal or a strong family history. Genetic testing might also be used to determine if a woman who has already been diagnosed with breast cancer is at an increased risk for a breast cancer reoccurrence or ovarian cancer.
Breast Cancer Treatment Options
Recognized for its state-of-the-art treatment capabilities, Cleveland Clinic Florida's Breast Center has earned a three-year/full accreditation designation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) by the American College of Surgeons. A range of treatment options is available to patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer: surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and clinical trials, to name a few. Cleveland Clinic's team of breast care specialists will help to determine the best treatment plan based on type of breast cancer, size and location of the tumor, disease stage, lab test results, and a patient's overall health.
Women's Imaging Center
Cleveland Clinic Florida's accredited Women's Imaging Center provides state-of-the-art screening in a soothing environment. The Center makes early and accurate detection a priority, offering digital mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI and breast CAD (computer aided detection). Both West Palm Beach and Weston locations have been designated Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The Centers are part of an elite group in Florida to achieve this level of excellence. Only three percent of the state's nearly 500 ACR-accredited centers are recognized as breast imaging centers of excellence.
Cleveland Clinic Florida's Multidisciplinary Team
Our team includes fellowship trained breast surgeons, oncologists, plastic surgeons, radiologists, and pathologists, as well as nurses and a Breast Navigator who work collaboratively to treat patients with breast cancer. At Cleveland Clinic Florida, our breast cancer team is dedicated to providing patients with advanced treatment options. Our physicians provide a personalized treatment plan and explore options to improve your chances of a successful outcome. This multidisciplinary approach provides the best possible quality of life.
Pioneers in Breast Reconstruction Techniques
Cleveland Clinic Florida's plastic surgeons pioneered the Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap procedure (DIEP flap), to provide patients with innovative reconstruction options after a mastectomy. They are also the first in the world to use laser assisted angiography to determine if there is enough healthy tissue to proceed with reconstruction immediately after a mastectomy. This revolutionary breakthrough reduces complications.
Research & Clinical Trials
Clinical research has been fundamental to the mission of Cleveland Clinic since its establishment. Our robust research program is designed to provide patients with the most up-to-date treatment options.
Cleveland Clinic Florida's comprehensive approach to cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery means that patients receive support and guidance from a dedicated team of experts. This method not only helps patients fight the disease, but also provides comfort and strength along their journey.
To schedule a consultation, please call 800-639-DOCTOR, or visit clevelandclinicflorida.org/breastcancer for more info.
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