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I have breast cancer

A team approach to caring for our patients
Learning that you or someone you love has breast cancer is upsetting. If breast cancer is a possibility, our team – your team -  is ready to create a customized treatment plan aimed at the best possible outcome with the fewest possible side effects.

The Breast Health team includes:

  • A fellowship-trained breast imaging radiologist
  • Two fellowship-trained breast surgeons
  • General surgeons with expertise in breast health
  • Medical and radiation oncologists
  • Medical genetics counselors
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Physician Therapist
  • Clinical Trial Specialists

    You are an individual
    Our patients never go through treatment alone. They are guided and supported by a highly skilled team that feels more like family. You have loved ones who care for and depend on you, you have day-to-day obligations, the need to make your own decisions about your care - and to find your own way to heal.

    We have access to the most current scientific evidence available and are here to support you in finding your own path of healing. Your treatment consultation will be scheduled by our dedicated breast health nurse and will include a visit with a breast surgeon.

    After treatment is recommended, we will continue to:

  • Schedule all necessary tests and procedures for you
  • Work side-by-side with your physicians to coordinate care every step of the way
  • Guide you through your treatment, providing continuous education and support
  • Continually meet and discuss your care and review your progress as a team

    Learn more:
    What is Breast Cancer
    Signs & Symptoms of Breast Cancer
    Breast Cancer Treatment Options

    After Breast Cancer Treatment - Survivorship Planning
    Life after breast cancer treatment can present its own set of challenges and ongoing questions, such as:

    • What drugs did I get during treatment. Can I get a list because I can't remember?
    • Are there medicines I should take or avoid?
    • What signs should I watch for to see if my cancer is returning? Are there any special tests that the doctor will do to see if my cancer is coming back?
    • Will I get cancer again?
    • What exercises or diets can I follow to make sure my cancer does not come back?
    • What happens if my insurance changes and will new insurance cover me if I already have had cancer?
    • Who should I call now if I get a cold or any other illness?
    • How do I manage late term side effects of the treatment(s) such as neuropathy or lymphedema?
    • How do I manage going back to work?
    • Who might be able to help me with family issues?

    Survivorship care planning is a key focus for our breast cancer patients as they complete treatment and look to the future. Our McDowell Cancer Center team assists patients by answering some of these questions and helping them understand how to take care of themselves in the future, as well as communicating their needs to family and future care providers.


    High Risk Clinic for Family Members
    Heredity factors sometimes plays a role in who will develop breast cancer. For peace of mind, the Akron General Reflections Breast Health Center offers a High Risk Clinic for women at an elevated risk for breast cancer.

    We know that certain changes, such as mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene significantly increase the risk of breast cancer. If you or someone you know has had an immediate (mother, sister, daughter) or secondary family member (grandmother, aunt, cousin) with breast cancer, call us to set up an appointment.

    During the first visit to the High Risk Clinic for breast cancer, we will review family history and help determine if additional testing may be beneficial in understanding the risk. For those who are determined to be at high risk, we will work with their doctor to offer recommendations for ongoing monitoring, education and support. As health insurance plan coverage varies, we would be happy to provide you with information. Call 330-344-BRST (2778) for further information or to set up an appointment.

    Who is at High Risk for Breast Cancer?
    There are many factors that put an individual at an increased risk for breast cancer. Read more in our What is Breast Cancer section.

    A person may benefit from our high-risk service if they have:

    • A family member diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50
    • More than one family member diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer
    • A male relative with breast cancer
    • Abnormal cells found during a breast biopsy
    • Had radiation to the chest, neck or underarms
    • A history of BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 gene mutations in family members
    • Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry

    For an more information about our high risk clinic, please call the Akron General Breast Health Center at 330-344-BRST (2778).

  • Date Updated: 20-OCT-2014

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