Breast Care Team Members
There are many health care professionals who may be part of your breast care team. This group will work closely with you to provide comprehensive evaluation and management of your breast health. Members of your team may include the following specialties:
Genetic Counselors: Specially trained health professionals who assist and educate persons considering and undergoing genetic testing for cancer risk.
Medical Oncologists: Physicians who specialize in the medical management, chemotherapy or hormonal therapy of patients with breast disease or breast cancer. One of these specialists will put together all the information about your case and discuss your management options with you.
Nursing Staff: Specially trained nurses who help in coordination of your care, education, and administration of infusions.
Pathologists: Physicians who specialize in microscopic laboratory review and testing of breast tissue specimens.
Patient Care Coordinators: Specially trained nurses who coordinate your care in the Smith Breast Care Center beginning with your initial contact and continuing through your treatment and followup.
Pharmacists: Registered pharmacists who prepare all medications, including chemotherapy administered in the clinic.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons: Physicians who specialize in surgical procedures to rebuild the breast shape following mastectomy or lumpectomy.
Psychologists: Health care professionals with an advanced degree in counseling who assist patients and families with their emotional needs.
Radiation Oncologists: Physicians who specialize in the use of radiation to treat breast cancers.
Radiologists: Physicians who specialize in reviewing use x-rays and perform x-ray guided biopsies.
Radiology Technologists: Specially trained technologists who perform mammograms, ultrasounds, and assist with x-ray guided biopsy procedures.
Research Nurse/Assistants: Specially trained individuals who coordinate all research studies for the Center including prevention, early detection, and treatment studies.
Support Staff: Medical assistants, receptionists and billing representatives to assist in many aspects of your Breast Center visits.
Surgeons: Physicians who participate in the surgical treatment of patients with breast disease or breast cancer including biopsies, lumpectomies (removal of the tumor), or mastectomies (removal of the breast), as well as axillary node dissection (removal of the lymph nodes from under the arm).