Our Care Approach

We approach your care on a personal level that starts with you. Our team of experts is made up of surgeons, radiation therapists, hematologist oncologists and pathologists so you get more than one viewpoint. Working as a team means you get care that is tailored to your special needs.

You are the Focus

We talk with you. After we review your information, we explain our plan of treatment to you. Then you meet with each specialist on your care team.

Your treatment is not just about today — it's about what you'll need in the months and years to come.

Breast Surgery

Recognized by the American Cancer Society for physician achievement, our surgeons will make you feel confident and comfortable. Their minimally invasive techniques allow most breast surgery to be done on an outpatient basis, so when possible, you can heal comfortably at home with a shorter recovery time.

Our surgeons are breast care doctors who will be with you throughout your treatment and up to two years after you recover. In most cases, the first physician you meet at the Breast Center will be one of our breast cancer surgeons. They also give full exams and routine checkups. They can also arrange imaging (taking pictures inside the body) tests and any additional doctor visits. Our surgeons also guide minimally invasive diagnostic procedures, and, if necessary, perform surgery.

Medical Oncology

Our medical oncologists — who help treat cancer with medications — work together with our breast surgeons to make sure that our cancer patients know all potential treatment options, the latest clinical trials and research. This means you have access to the most current information and the most effective treatments.

Together your breast surgeon and medical oncologist make a personalized plan that includes your treatment options. Your medical oncologist also helps your breast surgeon with early detection of recurrent disease, pain management and the prevention of future disease.

Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncologists are experts in radiation therapy, a treatment that can shorten the course of treatment and cut the risk of the cancer coming back.

A number of radiation therapy options are available. In many cases, this approach enables women with breast cancer to keep their breasts through breast-saving surgery.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Body image after treatment can have a major impact on your wellbeing, even if it's not your main concern. With that in mind, our plastic surgeons work closely with your care team throughout the course of treatment to create a plan that meets your needs.

Our plastic surgeons stand out for their expertise, interest and commitment to doing both simple and complex breast reconstruction.

Genetic Counseling

For women who have a strong family history (multiple first-degree — parent, sibling, or child — or second-degree relatives — grandparent, aunt, niece, or grandchild — diagnosed with the disease, particularly at young ages, bilateral disease, male breast cancers, etc.) and for women who have a personal history of breast cancer diagnosed at a young age, finding a BRCA gene mutation (change) through genetic testing can have a major impact on how they manage their health. We offer genetic counseling, gene testing and other care for high-risk patients.

Through genetic counseling and testing, we hope to identify high-risk patients and prevent them from becoming cancer patients.

Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

As specialists in the diagnosis of breast cancer and other women’s health issues, our radiologists manage mammography and ultrasound. As such, they are a vital part of your collaborative care team.

When needed, radiologists:

Pathology

Pathologists are the physicians who study cells and tissues taken during a breast biopsy, lumpectomy, mastectomy or lymph node removal to find out whether you have a health issue that needs treatment.

Our pathologists give you swift, dependable answers so that you don't have to worry any longer than needed.

Women's Health

Our women's health physicians are experts in health concerns of woman being treated for breast cancer, such as menopausal symptoms and related health issues. Therapy for breast cancer can often bring about early menopause or worsen the symptoms of menopause.

The women's health physicians also offer care to women at high risk for getting breast cancer and help patients decide whether to start or continue with hormone therapy. They can also discuss fertility concerns and your options for protecting your fertility. Also, they can suggest good life habits that aid breast health.

Post-Surgery Physical Therapy

The physical therapists at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation strive to return you to normal health and function quickly after surgery.

We start with an hour-long session to gauge your level of pain, range of motion, posture, strength, joint movement, wound site healing and nerve movement. If you have had lymph node surgery, we measure your arms, and advise you on skin care and the prevention of lymphedema.

Physical therapy treatments involve:

  • Gentle stretching
  • Massage (to help wound site healing and range of motion)
  • Joint movement
  • Postural re-education
  • Strengthening
  • Nerve gliding
  • Home exercise programs

Counseling Program and Support Staff

Cedars-Sinai knows the value of spiritual support. Our counseling program gives newly diagnosed patients the choice and the chance to be paired with a breast cancer survivor, who knows about the challenges and fears you may have. These volunteers will help give you strength and support your success throughout your treatment.

Nurse Navigators

Our Nurse Navigator Program was designed so that our nurses are an active part of your team, making sure that you have the information you need to make the right choices and optimize your treatment.