Multidisciplinary Clinic (MDC)
Our center provides an individual who is newly diagnosed with breast cancer the opportunity to partake in our Multidisciplinary Clinic (MDC). The Multidisciplinary Clinic includes a consultation with a surgical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and a medical oncologist whom specialize in breast cancer.
Each physician sees the patient separately and then collaborates with the other providers to devise a personalized plan of action based on the consultations and a patient’s imaging, pathology, and medical history. The patient is at our facility for approximately 4 hours. The patient is led by a nurse navigator throughout the entire session to provide a point of contact for any questions or concerns throughout their treatment. All consultations are recorded and provided to the patient as a reference.
The Multidisciplinary Clinic helps to expedite the time between receiving a diagnosis and taking action towards the disease. In addition, it promotes physician communication and allows specialists in the field to make a uniform, educated decision regarding a patient’s care plan.
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Breast Cancer Treatment Options
Our goal is to determine your breast cancer treatment options based on your type of breast cancer, its stage, the individual characteristics of your cancer (i.e. whether the cancer cells are sensitive to hormones), your overall health, and your own preferences. Most patients undergo surgery for breast cancer and may also be recommended for additional treatment, such as chemotherapy, endocrine therapy, or radiation therapy.
Doctors Who Treat Breast Cancer
The Margie Petersen Breast Center at Providence Saint John’s Health Center brings you some of the finest breast health and cancer care in Southern California.