Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic
All breast cancer patients at Regional Cancer Center take part in our Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic. The Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic at Regional Cancer Center brings together a team of specialists to provide a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and treatment of patients with breast cancer.
The primary goals of the clinic are (1) to offer innovative diagnostic and therapeutic strategies specific to each individual patient’s diagnosis, and (2) to facilitate the gathering of multiple opinions from various clinical specialists.
Developing an effective treatment plan for breast cancer can involve input from a variety of specialists. For many patients the time from diagnosis to the start of treatment can be frustrating and lengthy.
To expedite development and implementation of a treatment plan, Regional Cancer Center collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of specialists in surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology.
Patients benefit from a “navigation” system developed to provide patients key contacts in the continuum of care. Breast care coordinators keep in touch with patients while their treatment plan is developed. Diagnostic studies may be delivered by various breast specialists in more than one location. Physicians evaluate the patient, review diagnostic testing, and discuss each patient’s case to determine the best course of action for treatment. Treatment plans involving various specialists are developed that meet each patient’s unique needs.
Services Provided by UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
The vast majority of cancer diagnostic and treatment modalities being offered today are available at Regional Cancer Center. For the few types of treatments not provided, the physicians at RCC will coordinate a treatment plan with specialists at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, one of the top academic cancer programs in the country. Effective management of more unusual cancers and coordination of any subspecialty care that may need to be provided in Pittsburgh is enhanced by close working relationships between our organizations. Our shared goal is making these instances as seamless as possible for patients, while providing as much care as possible close to home. Talk with your doctor at RCC to understand if such services may have a role in your care plan.