Breast cancer affects one in eight women throughout their lives, yet not every hospital in the nation has dedicated breast surgeons. At the Department of Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, Chairman Robert E. Michler, MD is committed to hiring the finest subspecialty surgeons who work in a multidisciplinary fashion to personalize treatment for each individual patient.
The multidisciplinary team at the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care (MECCC) is comprised of: medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, social workers, geneticists, pathologists, radiologists, patient navigators, psychologists and a specialist in lymphedema. When patients come to appointments, they meet with various members of their specialized team.
The ultimate goal for each patient is to come up with a personalized plan that considers both the optimal cancer care and the expectations and desires of each patient.
The surgeons in the Division of Breast Surgery at Montefiore offer a variety of surgical approaches to breast cancer patients. Factors that are considered important during surgical treatment planning 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:
The team at the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care strongly believes that coordinated care at a dedicated cancer center, supported by a backbone of active research studies, is essential for patient success. Dr. Wiechmann is developing an outstanding breast cancer program at Montefiore that couples exceptional clinical care through a multidisciplinary approach with the highest level of research.
MECCC initiates various research studies and participates in many of the national trials currently in progress. Our oncologists discuss eligibility with each of our patients to optimize their treatment at Montefiore. All of our research endeavors have the common goal of improving patients' quality of life and overall survivorship.