The MVHS Breast Care Center offers you understandable, practical advice about being newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
Experiencing breast pain? Not quite sure if you feel something different? Or maybe you are just wondering how your family history affects your own health? Not sure where to turn? We can help!
At MVHS, we care about your day-to-day health. The Breast Care Program can address any issue, big or small. Our team is ready to meet you whether it is to evaluate an abnormal mammogram, perform a much needed breast exam, evaluate your risk due to your family tree or even perform surgery. If you are looking for support, guidance and treatment, come see us.
Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic
The MVHS Breast Care Center has developed a new Multidisciplinary Breast Care Clinic to help patients understand their diagnosis, plan their treatment and receive guidance from the entire care team, all in one appointment. The clinic is offered to breast cancer patients upon receiving their initial diagnosis, allowing patients to meet individually with the entire care team, without making multiple appointments.
The clinic is the first of its kind in the Mohawk Valley. The entire care team, including the radiologist, pathologist, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, surgeon and social worker, meet to discuss the diagnosis and agree on the most appropriate evidence based treatment options for each patient.
When the patient arrives, they meet each specialist individually, allowing them the opportunity to ask questions, understand their treatment options and are told what to expect through each step of the process. In addition to the clinic, the MVHS Breast Care Center offers a full array of services ranging from routine imaging at the MVHS Imaging Center to support and guidance through the nurse navigator for patients with breast disease.
MVHS has a registered nurse specializing in nurse navigation for patients that have breast disease. Located at the Breast Care Center at the Faxton Campus, the nurse navigator meets with patients upon discovery of potential breast disease. Together with the radiologist, they discuss how the diagnosis will be made and if necessary, guide the patient through the course of appointments. The nurse is a resource dedicated to providing patients and their families with seamless, coordinated care from the time of diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship.
Prior to a patient having surgery for breast disease, a registered nurse is available to meet with the woman to discuss the surgical process, offer post-operative drain and wound care instructions, and offer tips to reduce the risk of developing lymphedema. This nurse provides an additional resource for women to ask questions and help alleviate some anxiety that may exist.