Breast Cancer Treatment Planning

1Getting Started In Your Care

2Getting Your Diagnosis

3Planning Your Treatment

4Undergoing Treatment & Follow-Up



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Your Doctors

Surgical Oncologist

These surgeons specialize in treating cancer through traditional (open) and minimally invasive surgery. Surgical oncologists perform biopsies (taking tiny tissue samples) to test for cancer. They also surgically remove tumors, some surrounding breast tissue, and lymph nodes to evaluate them for the presence of cancer.

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Medical Oncologist

These cancer doctors have specialized training in diagnosing breast cancer. They also treat it using medications, including chemotherapy, hormone therapy and biologic therapy (targeted therapy and immunotherapy). Medical oncologists often serve as your main health care provider, coordinating your treatment among several specialists.

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Radiation Oncologist

These cancer specialists have subspecialty training in high-energy X-rays and other radiation therapy. Radiation can destroy or prevent the spread of breast cancer. Using advanced technologies, radiation oncologists can precisely target cancer cells to avoid damaging nearby healthy tissue.

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Breast Reconstructive Surgeon

If you have breast cancer surgery and choose to have your breast restored, a reconstruction surgeon will work on its size, shape, and appearance. Our breast reconstruction surgeons are plastic surgeons with specialty training in reconstructing (rebuilding and reshaping) breasts. If you choose breast reconstruction, you will meet with your reconstruction surgeon soon after you meet with your breast cancer surgeon.

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An anesthesiologist is a doctor who specializes in using medications to block pain, help you relax, or make you unconscious for surgery. Anesthesiologists also maintain your vital functions such as breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate during surgery. Depending on the type of surgery you have, you may need local (small area), regional (larger area), or general (overall) anesthesia.

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A radiologist is a doctor who specializes in using imaging techniques including X-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Our radiologists have additional training and experience in breast cancer care. These doctors interpret imaging results and take biopsies (when needed) to help confirm a diagnosis. You may not meet your radiologist, since these doctors usually work behind the scenes to determine your diagnosis.

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Your pathologist performs and reads laboratory tests to determine the type and stage of breast cancer present. These doctors have special training to detect and diagnose cancer. They use a microscope to examine tissue samples taken during a biopsy. As with radiologists, you may not meet your pathologist.

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Extended Care Team

Advanced practice provider (APP)
Nurse coordinator (RN) or multidisciplinary care coordinator (MCC)
Clinical administrative assistant (CAA)
Patient Access Representative (PAS)
Infusion treatment area (ITA) scheduler
Patient flow coordinator/Medical Scribe
Attending physician
Medical student

Support Services

If you don’t have a diagnosis
If you have inflammatory breast cancer
If you have invasive breast cancer that is stages 1 through 3
If you have metastatic breast cancer
If you want a second opinion

Learn More About Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer
Today, we no longer see breast cancer as a single disease. Now we know that it’s a group of separate conditions. If you are facing breast cancer, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis and define the right treatment for your specific condition.

At Stanford Health Care, we offer you the most advanced diagnosis and treatment techniques for breast cancer, no matter how common or complex the type. Our center is a major referral center for women and men across the country with breast cancer.


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