Treating Breast Cancer
At Scott & White, You're Treated as a Person, Not a Diagnosis
- Our Tumor Board Sets Us Apart
As a breast cancer patient at Scott & White, in addition to having a highly experienced Integrated Care Team, you'll also benefit from the expertise of the Scott & White Tumor Board.
Led by senior staff, our multidisciplinary board consists of breast cancer experts who discuss available approaches to care and formulate patient-specific treatment plans. This collaborative treatment planning helps ensure you receive the highest quality, individualized care.
In our team approach, you are at the center of the team. Your integrated care team includes health care professionals from all the specialties and subspecialties involved in your care, which can include: medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, diagnostic radiology, pathology, genetics, nursing, nutrition, oncology social work and plastic surgery.
Your Treatment Options
Certain tumors respond better to certain treatments. Depending on factors such as the stage of your cancer, a combination of methods may be needed to treat and manage your cancer. Your multidisciplinary team will work with you and each other to determine the best treatment options for you.
Treatment options include:
New Treatments and Therapies
Our aim is to provide the most up-to-date treatments and therapies from our highly-trained cancer care professionals. Among a number of advanced cancer care treatments, Scott & White now provides breast cancer patients two new, unique services:
Neoadjuvant, or preoperative, chemotherapy is the use of chemotherapy to treat a cancerous tumor before surgery. Your doctor will talk about what to expect and why this may be beneficial to your recovery.
The major benefits of neoadjuvant chemotherapy treatment include:
- Reducing the size of the cancerous tumor prior to surgery, which may enable the surgeon to take out only the tumor (lumpectomy or partial mastectomy) rather than removing the whole breast (mastectomy).
- Identifying which combination of chemotherapy drugs effectively shrinks the cancerous tumor. Knowing this information prior to tumor removal will help your doctors successfully treat any remaining cancerous cells after surgery.
Oncoplastic surgery is the combination of breast cancer surgery and plastic surgery to restore and improve the appearance of the breast.
The major benefits of oncoplastic surgery include:
- Symmetric breasts after lumpectomy, which can help women recover psychologically as well as physically.
- Surgery is completed before radiation therapy, avoiding the risks of wound-healing problems that can occur with post-radiation surgery.