Patient-Centered Breast Cancer Care for Women - University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may feel very alone and scared. The breast cancer care team at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is here to support you every step of the way. We develop a personalized treatment plan to help you on the road to recovery and a healthy, active life.
The breast cancer program at UH Seidman Cancer Center provides comprehensive patient-centered care, starting with cancer screening through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Our fellowship-trained cancer doctors (oncologists) offer the very latest in medical advancements, along with the most effective cancer treatments and the greatest chance of a breast cancer cure.
UH Seidman Cancer Center is part of the National Cancer Institute-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, which is one of an elite group of 41 comprehensive cancer hospitals nationwide. This means UH Seidman Cancer Center has access to the latest treatment options before other hospitals.
National Expertise and Advanced Treatment Options
UH Seidman Cancer Center is a nationally recognized cancer program with expertise in both routine and complex care for every stage of breast cancer. Our entire multidisciplinary team evaluates and reviews every new patient with breast cancer and takes a comprehensive approach for optimal results. There is also a Multidisciplinary Genomic Tumor Board for breast cancer patients attended by clinicians and scientists who review certain cases of advanced breast cancer. These patients’ tumors have had special testing of the genes within the tumors to find pathways that can be targeted with new drugs. This allows an individualized approach to the most difficult cases of breast cancer.
Our advanced treatments include:
- Surgical techniques, including:
- Sentinel node biopsy
- Skin and nipple-sparing mastectomy
- Oncoplastic surgery techniques, including:
- Implant reconstruction
- Tissue flap reconstruction
- DIEP reconstruction
- Novel treatments available only through a clinical trial
- Biologic targeted therapy
- Hormonal therapy
- Neoadjuvant (preoperative) or adjuvant (postoperative) chemotherapy
- External radiation
- Internal radiation
- Advanced clinical trials
Highly Skilled Breast Cancer Care Team
Our breast cancer care team takes a team approach to offer patients the most advanced cancer treatments, including personalized therapy. Before a patient’s treatment is started, each case is presented at a multidisciplinary breast cancer tumor board meeting at UH Seidman Cancer Center. This means a team of clinicians makes a consensus recommendation for the best treatment options for each patient, following the latest national care guidelines. Skilled professionals who review your specific case include:
- Genetic counselors
- Medical geneticists
- Medical oncologists
- Nurse navigators
- Nurse practitioners
- Plastic surgeons
- Radiation oncologists
- Social workers
- Surgical oncologists
Supportive Cancer Treatment Team Puts Patients First
When a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer, our oncology nurse navigators step in as a supportive liaison, helping to guide each patient through every step of care. Our navigators focus on providing patients with:
- Timely appointments with the correct subspecialist (surgeon, medical or radiation oncologist).
- A knowledgeable contact person to facilitate questions, concerns or issues
- Educational information
- Emotional support
- Referrals as needed
Additionally, we provide the referring physician with information of the breast cancer treatment plan and follow-up. Our goal is to keep the lines of communication open throughout the entire treatment process.
Breast Cancer Clinical Trials
UH Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio, has a long history of outstanding breast cancer research. Our highly qualified physician-scientists merge their broad clinical expertise with a deep understanding of the underlying molecular biology and genomics of breast cancer. These strengths in clinical and basic research allow our experts to offer breast cancer patients unique opportunities to enroll in leading-edge clinical trials. Learn more about clinical trials for breast cancer.