Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Expands Personalized Breast Cancer Care
Darby, PA (July 23, 2013): Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital has expanded its breast health services with the recent launch of a multidisciplinary clinic focused on breast cancer patients.
Patients with a positive breast biopsy or a complex diagnosis can now be seen by all their specialists during the same appointment. A medical oncologist, a breast surgeon, a radiation oncologist, and a nurse navigator will evaluate the patient and develop a treatment plan together at the same time, in the same location.
“This multidisciplinary approach allows for a stronger collaboration among providers and helps us efficiently determine the best and most suitable care for our patients,” says Archit Naik, MD, fellowship-trained breast surgeon at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.
“Our patients like to see that their healthcare team interacts,” says Naik. “It relieves a lot of their anxiety when we can answer their questions all at once and gives them more reassurance that we share the same goal of helping them get better.”
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, after skin cancers. One in eight Pennsylvania women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime according to a report on the Surgical Treatment of Breast Cancer released by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council last October. The report also shows that Delaware County has the second highest rate of breast cancer surgery in Pennsylvania (tied with Union County).
“Fortunately, we have been detecting breast cancer at earlier stages, which gives our patients more treatment options and a better chance to beat the disease,” says Rene Rothstein-Rubin, MD, a hematologist and oncologist at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Rothstein-Rubin is regarded as one of the leading breast cancer experts in the Philadelphia region, including being named a Top Doc in Philadelphia Magazine.
“The diagnostic technology we have available is state-of-the-art and the women’s imaging specialists on our team are some of the best in the area,” she says. “They’re finding abnormalities that are so tiny, which allows us to have an earlier start in addressing the issue and taking the appropriate course of action.”
Director of Breast Imaging Caroline Ho, MD says it also helps when women are consistent with their annual mammograms. "If we do find breast cancer in women who are screened regularly, it is usually smaller and at an earlier stage."
Once a breast cancer diagnosis is made, the physicians spring into action to treat the patient.
“Mercy has a well-connected network of physicians when it comes to breast cancer care,” says Medical Oncologist Eugene Choi, MD. “We’re in constant communications about our patients and can help them get quick access to the services they need.”
“There is a strong sense of community here and our patients become a part of the family,” adds Radiation Oncologist Usha Babaria, MD. “We know our patients by their first name, and not just by their diagnosis or by a case number. The multi-disciplinary clinic enhances the way we provide that personal touch.”
In addition to the multidisciplinary clinic for breast cancer patients, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital offers a full continuum of breast health services including prevention and education; screenings; diagnostics and imaging including breast mammography, ultrasound and MRI; minimally invasive biopsies; medical oncology; surgery; breast reconstruction; chemotherapy; radiation therapy; nurse navigation; genetic counseling; clinical trials; support groups and rehabilitation.
The community is invited to meet the breast health physicians of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital at the next:
Dine with the Docs
A special roundtable edition on Preventing and Surviving Breast Cancer
Tuesday, September 17
A complimentary dinner will be served.
To register for Dine with the Docs, learn more about breast care or find a breast health specialist, call 1.877.GO MERCY or visit www.mercyhealth.org/breastcancer.
Photo 1.jpg: Mercy Oncologist Dr. Eugene Choi, Breast Surgeon Dr. Archit Naik and Radiation Oncologist Dr. Usha Babaria consult with a breast cancer patient during the multidisciplinary clinic at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.
Photo 2.jpg: Mercy Oncologist Dr. Rene Rothstein-Rubin (center) is regarded as one of the top experts in breast cancer treatment in the Philadelphia region.
Photo 3.jpg: Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Director of Breast Imaging Dr. Caroline Ho, seen here with mammogram images, has been pinpointing breast cancer at earlier stages with the help of the latest digital technology.