The mission of the Breast Cancer Surgery Division is to provide compassionate, patient-centered care and to achieve prompt, accurate diagnosis and the highest possible cure rates in a manner that maintains the best quality of life for our patients. The division offers surgical and non-surgical management of breast cancer, including:
Diagnostic tests such as mammography, image-guided biopsy and surgical excision for biopsy
Fine-needle aspiration of breast masses
Mastectomy, including skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomies
Mammary ductoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure that looks inside the duct through the nipple to detect the cause of abnormal nipple discharge. The division is one of the few sites in the tri-state area to offer this procedure.
Ongoing management of women with benign breast disease (such as atypical hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in situ), which puts them at higher risk for developing breast cancer. This high-risk group includes women who also have certain genetic markers for breast cancer. Such management may include more frequent screenings with sophisticated imaging technology such as breast-specific gamma imaging scan. In fact, the division is one of only 60 sites in the country to offer this scan.
Minimally Invasive Breast Cancer Surgical Techniques
The divisionís surgeons perform many therapeutic procedures using minimally or less-invasive techniques, such as fine-needle aspiration, mammary ductoscopy and lumpectomy. Because minimally invasive procedures allow treatment with smaller incisions or natural body orifices, patients benefit with less postoperative pain, limited scarring, faster recovery and diminished complications.