Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer affecting women. While most lumps that occur in breasts are not cancerous, detecting a lump early and acting quickly with professional examination and treatment may lead to better experiences and outcomes with many types of breast cancer. Performing monthly self-examinations, along with regular professional examinations, is a priority for women interested in taking a proactive approach to their health. Preventing breast cancer is equally important. As is the case with many health conditions, the risk of breast cancer may be lowered through physical exercise, balanced nutrition, moderation in alcohol consumption, and abstinence from smoking.
For women diagnosed with breast cancer, or concerned that they may be diagnosed with breast cancer, it is important to access the best possible and most comprehensive medical care. This means having a range of options, a team of specialists, and the most advanced treatments but, just as important, it means being treated with compassion and respect while receiving all available information and guidance necessary to make informed choices.
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital offers patients a variety of sophisticated screening, diagnostic, and treatment options for breast cancer.
- As a Breast Diagnostic Center of Excellence, we provide our patients with the most advanced breast-imaging technology available. When screening results indicate further investigation may be requires, NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital also offers breast MRI, breast ultrasound and stereotactic (x-ray guided) biopsy.
- Our breast cancer specialists include breast surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, dedicated breast imaging specialists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologists, geneticists, psychiatrists, physical therapists and nutritionists, as well as physician assistants and specialized nurses. The Hospital also hosts breast cancer support groups and American Cancer Society Look Good ... Feel Better workshops.
- Breast conservation therapy has become a treatment of choice for many women. When this less invasive form of treatment is deemed appropriate, the surgery is able remove the breast cancer but not the breast itself. Breast conservation is also called "breast-sparing surgery".
- Radiation therapy is often used in conjunction with chemotherapy, sometimes preceding or following breast surgery. Some types of radiation therapy work from the outside, using highly targeted beams of radiation. Other therapies work from the inside, using radioactive "seeds" that are placed near the cancerous tissue; this process is known as brachytherapy. NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital also offers the MammoSite® Radiation Therapy System, which significantly reduces treatment time, and can target therapeutic radiation with great precision.
- The Division of Breast Surgery offers evaluation and treatment for breast lumps, abnormal mammograms, nipple discharge and breast cancer. We offer surgical expertise in lumpectomy, sentinel lymph node biopsy, mastectomy, nipple-sparing mastectomy and breast reconstruction, both through implants and autologous tissue.