It’s every woman’s worst fear—finding a lump in her breast. Before panicking, get advice from experts on the next steps to take. And now Silver Cross is making it easier than ever before with a convenient, one-stop experience.
“We know women are extremely busy taking care of everyone else in their lives, so we wanted to make it easy for them to get all the necessary information and medical opinions to make an informed decision as quickly as possible,” said Grace Suh, a University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital medical oncologist. “The sooner we can start treatment, the better chance we have to eradicate the disease.”
Front: Laura Ragauskaite, MD; general surgeon; Alan Chen, MD, plastic & reconstructive surgeon; Patricia Clark, MD, general surgeon; Anne McCall, MD, radiation oncologist; Grace Suh; medical oncologist. Back: Cagatay Ersahin, MD, pathologist; Matthew Endara, MD, plastic & reconstructive surgeon; Brooke Phillips, MD; medical oncologist; Mark Danielson, MD; general surgeon; Neda Zelahovitis, certified breast health nurse navigator; Aaron Guajardo, MD, radiologist.
The multi-disciplinary team meets in the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital for a Breast Conference every Tuesday morning. At the Conference, physician specialists representing general surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, plastic surgery and pathology reviews radiological images and pathology slides on state-of-the-art equipment and develops a consensus recommendation. The team documents the recommendations and a certified breast nurse navigator provides the recommendation to the patient’s doctor within 24 hours.
“By having all the specialists in one room at one time improves communications among caregivers and makes it easier to provide recommendations for the best course of treatment,” said Dr. Anne McCall, a University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital radiation oncologist.
Patients now benefit from a wide array of breast cancer tests and treatments on the Silver Cross campus including digital mammography, breast MRI, ultrasound and biopsies, and the latest chemotherapy and radiation therapies including clinical trials. With the recent addition of Dr. Matthew Endara to the team, new plastic surgery techniques such as flap microsurgical breast reconstruction are now available at Silver Cross Hospital.
“Early detection as well as prompt and precise treatment is the key to fighting cancer, which is why all the specialists involved in the Breast Conference are donating their time and expertise to provide Silver Cross patients with this unique opportunity close to home,” said Dr. Mark Danielson, general surgeon at Silver Cross.
If you or someone you know could benefit from the Multidisciplinary Breast Conference, please contact your primary care physician for a referral. If you don’t have a regular physician, find one here.