How We Treat Breast Cancer

If you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, NewYork-Presbyterian's breast cancer teams will customize a plan of treatment tailored to your needs. Your treatment may include one or more of the following therapies:

Oncoplastic Surgery

  • We perform breast cancer surgery with your appearance in mind, to effectively remove the tumor while ensuring the best cosmetic result. This approach is called oncoplastic surgery.
  • Our surgeons perform breast conservation (lumpectomy), sentinel node biopsy (to remove the smallest number of lymph nodes required to assess cancer spread), and mastectomy (including approaches that preserve the skin and the nipple when possible). Your surgeon will let you know which surgery is best for you.
  • Novel surgical approaches at NewYork-Presbyterian include the use of cryoablation—the application of freezing temperatures to the tumor site during surgery to kill cancer cells.
  • We offer breast reconstruction to women who are having a mastectomy, which we can perform during your cancer surgery or at a later time. You may be a candidate for reconstruction using your fat tissue from another part of your body; your surgeon will let you know if this is an option for you.

Highly Focused Radiation Treatment

  • External beam radiation. Using technologies such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT), we can shape radiation beams to the contours of your tumor while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. Some women are candidates for hypofractionated radiation therapy, in which we deliver higher doses of radiation over a shorter total period than conventional radiation therapy—for example, three weeks versus six.
  • Internal radiation. Also called brachytherapy, we use this approach to deliver radiation therapy directly within your breast after the tumor has been surgically removed. Our goal is to reduce the number and duration of radiotherapy treatments needed to treat your cancer and to protect your healthy tissue. In some cases, we may offer intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), in which all the radiation therapy you need is delivered in a single dose immediately after a lumpectomy. NewYork-Presbyterian was the first hospital in the New York metropolitan area to offer this approach. Your doctor will let you know if this treatment is an option for you.

Chemotherapy for Your Cancer's Biology and Stage

  • If you need chemotherapy for breast cancer, your doctors will choose the anticancer drug or combination of drugs that are most effective against your cancer. These medications may include targeted therapies that zero in on specific proteins present on your breast cancer cells or pathways involved in breast cancer growth.
  • NewYork-Presbyterian investigators have assessed novel ways of giving chemotherapy, such as using "cooling caps" to minimize hair loss. These caps were recently shown in clinical studies to reduce the hair loss associated with some types of chemotherapy.
  • You can receive your treatment in our comfortable and modern infusion centers. Our staff includes oncology nurses and pharmacists who monitor you during treatment, make sure you are comfortable, and educate you about possible side effects.

Hormonal Therapy

Women whose tumors are fueled by estrogen or progesterone may receive hormonal therapies as part of their treatments.

Immunotherapy

  • Immunotherapy harnesses the power of your immune system to recognize and kill cancer cells. NewYork-Presbyterian is a world leader in cancer care and immunotherapy.
  • We have a robust research program featuring many clinical trials evaluating new immunotherapies and novel ways of combining immunotherapy with other cancer treatments. You may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial of a novel immunotherapy for breast cancer.

Clinical Trials

  • Our clinical researchers are developing and evaluating the next generation of breast cancer treatments. You may have access to new treatments or medications by participating in a clinical trial.
  • Our clinical researchers are also leaders in developing interventions to control side effects associated with cancer treatments and improve health behaviors and quality of life among breast cancer survivors.

Contact

BREAST CENTER, NEWYORK-PRESBYTERIAN/COLUMBIA

Breast Oncology: 212-305-5098

Breast Surgery: 212-305-9676

BREAST CENTER, NEWYORK-PRESBYTERIAN/WEILL CORNELL

Breast Oncology: 646-962-9888

Breast Surgery: 646-962-4240, 646-962-5213

BREAST CENTER, NEWYORK-PRESBYTERIAN/Lower Manhattan Hospital

Breast Surgery: 646-962-5213