If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you can have confidence in the care provided through the Sentara Cancer Network. Our multi-disciplinary team approach brings together the right team of experts with the right technology to design a care plan that is personalized to your needs.
Every step of the way, you can rely on experienced professionals who know what comes next. Your team will offer resources, advice and ways to make your treatment simpler. As you battle cancer, you won’t be alone in your fight.
Breast cancer treatments available at locations across Sentara include:
For some types of cancer, the most effective treatment is surgically removing the tumor. Lumpectomy and mastectomy are procedures specific to breast cancer, as well as breast reconstruction to rebuild or reconstruct the breast for women who have had a mastectomy as part of their cancer treatment.
Chemotherapy is designed to kill cancer cells. It can be administered through a vein, injected into a body cavity, or delivered orally in the form of a pill. The method of delivery depends on which drug is used.
Radiation therapy is used to treat cancer, as well as offer relief from some of the symptoms of cancer. Intraoperative accelerated partial breast irradiation (Intra Beam), external beam radiation therapy or IORT, and radioactive seed implant therapy are a few examples of treatments specific to breast cancer.
Whenever possible, Sentara Cancer Network physicians offer patients the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial. Clinical trials offer patients many benefits. In addition to contributing to medical research, clinical trial participants gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available.
Palliative therapy is care given to improve the quality of life for patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat symptoms of disease, side effects caused by treatment, and psychological, social and spiritual problems related to a disease or its treatment. The multi-disciplinary treatment team that provides palliative care includes medical doctors, nurse practitioners and licensed clinical social workers.
In addition to ensuring our patients are seamlessly transitioned back to their primary care team for ongoing care, regular checkups - which may include physical exams, blood tests and CT scans - are provided after breast cancer treatment.
Check-ups help ensure that any health changes are monitored and treated, if necessary. Patients stay in close communication with their doctors if they experience any problems between check-ups.
At Sentara Martha Jefferson Cancer Care Center, from the time the patient first enters the door, the cancer specialists work together to accurately diagnose and stage the cancer and determine optimal treatment choices. Physicians can review cases as a group at the weekly multidisciplinary breast cancer conference, or simply pick up the phone to confer with a colleague.
For the patient, the continuous, behind-the-scenes communication translates to individualized treatment options designed to fit patient and family needs and lifestyle. Thanks to active physician partnerships with NCI-sponsored cooperative groups, eligible patients have access to the most promising research trials.