Approximately 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the United States alone. At the Breast Cancer Program at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, we provide personalized care to patients from across the country, using the most advanced diagnostics, treatments and technologies for all types and stages of benign and malignant breast disease.
Our highly skilled experts work as a multidisciplinary team, so each patient benefits from convenient meetings with several members at one time as well as their collective expertise. Members of this specialized team include: medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, social workers, geneticists, pathologists, radiologists, patient navigators, psychologists and a specialist in lymphedema. Additionally, we offer exceptional education to patients so they are able to make the best treatment decisions with our guidance.
The ultimate goal for each patient is to devise a customized plan that considers both the optimal cancer care and the expectations and desires of each patient.
The surgeons at Montefiore offer a variety of surgical approaches to breast cancer patients. Factors that are considered important in planning surgical treatment include tumor size, location, breast size and patient preference. Based on these and other factors, patients will be offered one or more of the following options:
Underarm (Axillary) Lymph Nodes
The right systemic therapy for the right patient—at the right time. The Breast Cancer Program’s medical oncology team customizes therapies as unique as our patients. Our physicians include some of the country’s leading clinicians and researchers. Our clinical research program gives patients access to an average of 20-25 ongoing trials at any given time, which are often developed by our own faculty and sponsored by the NCI or the pharmaceutical industry.
Clinicians and scientists partner at the NCI-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center to advance a wide range of multi-site investigations:
Breakthrough radiation oncology cuts the patient’s therapy time in half. Our specialists tailor treatments that offer superior therapeutic results—often in half the time. Many selected patients are able to complete radiotherapy in as little as five days.
Breast cancer treatment is complicated by the structure of the breast itself and breast tissue’s irregular shape and contours. That’s why our patients benefit from radiation oncologists dedicated to breast disease.
Our radiation oncology subspecialists provide:
Among the most experienced radiation oncologists in the country, our specialists manage care for hundreds of women with complex breast disease.
On-site radiation suites are equipped with the most advanced radiotherapeutic technology in the world, handled by trained and experienced professionals.
Our physicians take the time to explain treatment options—and discuss potential advantages and disadvantages of these therapies in detail.
The radiation oncologists of the Breast Cancer Program offer a variety of breast radiation therapies, including:
The Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care initiates various research studies and participates in many of the national clinical trials currently in progress. Our oncologists discuss eligibility with each of our patients to optimize treatment. All of our research endeavors have the common goal of improving patients' quality of life and overall survivorship.
Prevention and Support Services such as yoga rehabilitation, stress management, nutritional guidance and genetic counseling also play a vital role in our patients' well-being. These programs are designed to help patients and their families cope with the psychological and emotional effects of cancer and cancer treatment.
We understand that a diagnosis of breast cancer is extremely stressful and challenging. Our team works diligently, not only as physicians and surgeons, but also as educators and investigative researchers to provide our patients with information, clinical trial opportunities and expert advice they need to make the best treatment decisions with the least disruption to their lives.