Treating breast cancer requires team work, collaboration, and coordination. It involves several medical professionals from different disciplines, including:
Breast Surgeon or Surgical Oncologist: The breast surgeon is responsible for removing the cancerous tissue by performing a lumpectomy or mastectomy.
Plastic Surgeon (Breast Reconstruction Surgeon): The Plastic Surgeon performs breast reconstruction surgery at the same time as the lumpectomy or mastectomy.
Medical Oncologist: Only if needed, a medical oncologist will provide chemotherapy treatment.
Radiation Oncologist: Only if needed, a radiation oncologist will provide radiation treatments.
Radiologist: The radiologist uses advanced imaging technology to examine your breasts and lymph nodes so the surgical team and other members of the care team know the type, location, and extent of the breast cancer so the best treatment can be planned.
Genetic Specialist: A genetic specialist assists in determining if you are at higher risk of developing the disease due to a genetic mutation or may use laboratory tests to assess risk.
Nurse Navigator: Your nurse navigator coordinates the healthcare team involved in your treatment, facilitating coordination amongst the members of your treatment team. Your nurse navigator also helps you better understand the process and can connect you with breast cancer survivors to help you understand what to expect in the journey.
Physical Therapist: After surgery, a physical therapist may work with you to help you regain strength, activity, and range of motion.
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