There are few situations as disturbing to a woman as a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Unfortunately, since breast cancer strikes approximately one in eight women during their lifetimes, that fear is a reality for many.
When the diagnosis or treatment of breast cancer and other breast disorders requires surgery, The Division of Breast Surgery, at Hackensack University Medical Center, employs the most technologically advanced modalities to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.
To obtain vital information about each patient's disease, surgeons can perform a variety of minimally-invasive procedures, receiving results within a short timeframe. This information, coupled with physical exam, ultrasound, mammography and all available results from previous procedures, are taken into consideration when mapping out the most effective course of action for each patient.
For patients in the early stages of breast cancer, the division also offers a state-of-the-art diagnostic procedure called Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy. This test is an extremely accurate method of determining if cancer has spread to an axillary lymph node, and it may spare the patient from more extensive surgical procedures that can lead to lymphedema and other complications.
When breast cancer is confirmed and thoroughly evaluated, the breast surgeon may suggest one of the following surgical procedures to treat the disease:
In addition to surgery, treatment protocols may involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy, or a combination of these modalities. Our surgeons work with the team of knowledgeable medical and radiation oncologists at the John Theur Cancer Center to provide these additional treatments.
If a mastectomy is necessary, many patients have the option of undergoing breast reconstruction as well. The procedure can be performed immediately after breast removal, or delayed to another time. The new breast can be created using a prosthetic breast implant, tissue acquired from another part of the patient’s body, or a combination of both.
Many factors impact a patient’s ability to have reconstructive surgery, including her lifestyle, overall health, emotional condition, and breast size and shape.
When breast reconstruction is considered, breast surgeons work closely with physicians at Hackensack University Medical Center’s Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to provide comprehensive care.
A multi-disciplinary breast care team meets weekly to discuss the fine details and progress of each breast cancer patient's case to determine the effectiveness of treatment, and to consider necessary modifications to optimize health.
30 Prospect Ave, 2 Conklin
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Our hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 8am to 4:30pm
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