University Breast Care provides a wide range of services and support to help each patient achieve optimal breast health. Under University Breast Care our patients will find University Breast Center, Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) and Befitting you Mastectomy Boutique to guide you in your breast health needs. Our highly trained team of board certified, fellowship trained, and clinical breast radiologists partner with patients to coordinate services for preventative education, early detection screening, diagnostic testing, and the management and treatment of breast cancer along with supportive and survivorship care.
Each newly diagnosed patient’s case is coordinated by a breast nurse navigator and discussed in our weekly multidisciplinary breast conference by physicians specializing in breast cancer treatment and breast health team members to determine an individualized patient plan. The most advanced technology combined with the experience and expertise of our breast health team provides comprehensive care, greater convenience, comfort, and peace of mind for those seeking breast health care or facing a breast cancer diagnosis.
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- Breast Care Service
- Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP)
- Integrative Healthcare & Supportive Services
- University Breast Center (UBC)
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Radiologists (University Breast Center)
University Breast Center (UBC) offers experienced board certified and fellowship trained radiologists who specialize in breast imaging and diagnostic procedures to rule out or diagnose breast cancer. Our staff includes registered technologists with specialized certification in mammography, ultrasound and clinical breast exam.
UBC provides all aspects of breast imaging including screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI and Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI). Our providers also perform stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI-guided percutaneous biopsy procedures. Our equipment is state-of-the-art including full field digital mammography, ultrasound systems and tomosynthesis.
UBC is recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and our breast program is also accredited by the American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
Fellowship Trained Breast Surgeon
Surgeons who complete a breast oncology fellowship undergo additional training to perform surgical techniques and procedures specific to the breast and surrounding lymph nodes. Some examples include: simple (total) mastectomy, bilateral mastectomy, skin and nipple sparing mastectomy, lumpectomy, chest wall resection, sentinel lymph node biopsy and axillary lymph node dissection. They also receive training across the multiple disciplines involved with breast cancer management including radiology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, pathology, and reconstructive surgery. In this way, they are trained to help coordinate an individualized care plan for the breast cancer patient, with special consideration of all the treatment options available.
As part of the coordination of care, patients treated by a fellowship trained breast surgeon are discussed at a weekly multi-disciplinary conference, and are considered for cutting edge treatment options, including clinical trials where appropriate.
The board certified fellowship trained surgical oncologists at The University of Tennessee Medical Center work closely with a team of physicians at the Cancer Institute including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, plastic/reconstructive surgeons, genetic counselors, oncology nurse navigators and social workers to develop individualized cancer treatment plans for breast cancer patients.
Patients treated by the surgical oncologists benefit from discussion of their treatment plans in weekly multdisciplinary conferences and from innovative treatment procedures.
Our board certified surgeons provide surgical expertise to patients with breast problems, including breast cancer. They participate in a weekly multidisciplinary conferences that review breast imaging and biopsies with the radiologists and pathologists. In situations when a breast cancer is found, a treatment plan is developed in conjunction with other members of the team.
Nurse Navigators (Breast Care Service)
One call to the nurse navigator at the Breast Care Service by the patient or the referring physician results in a prompt evaluation and the expediting of care for each patient with findings suspicious for cancer or a known breast cancer diagnosis. Navigators are specially trained nurses who provide assistance to patients and families by coordinating care and providing information, education and support.
At the University of Tennessee Medical Center, our board certified medical oncologists are experts in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of cancer including solid tumors and hematologic malignancies such as leukemia and lymphoma. A medical oncologist is a physician who specializes in the medical treatment of cancer with chemotherapy as well as biological and hormonal therapy. Our medical oncologists work closely with the multidisciplinary oncology team to determine an individualized care plan and to coordinate the patient’s care. Evidence based treatment guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and other peer-reviewed, nationally recognized organizations are used as guidelines to ensure adherence to clinical practice standards (“best practices”) and to optimize the quality of care and patient outcomes.
A radiation oncologist is a board certified physician who uses radiation to treat cancer. Radiation can be given to cure cancer either alone or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. It may also be given to relieve symptoms. In some cases, radiation may also be used to treat benign tumors. Our highly experienced team of radiation oncologists offer multiple treatment options including 3D conformal radiation, intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), rotational RapidArc therapy, high and low dose brachytherapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery utilizing the CyberKnife. The radiation oncologists are part of the multidisciplinary team that reviews each patient’s case to determine an individualized treatment plan for each cancer patient.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Department of Pathology provides expert surgical pathology services which are critical to the diagnosis and classification of breast cancer. An accurate diagnosis involving both gross and microscopic examination of tissue, body fluids and cells is a requisite to determining an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Special tests and molecular markers are also performed by the Pathology Department which provide additional information important to the multidisciplinary team when recommending the most appropriate treatment. The Department of Pathology also offers a second review and opinion of slides and reports from other facilities. Our team of board certified pathologists includes pathology faculty members who specialize in specific cancers and have extensive experience evaluating and accurately characterizing cancerous tissue specimens.
The Integrative Healthcare program at The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute is designed to provide supportive and integrative therapies for cancer patients and their caregivers during all stages of cancer care from diagnosis, treatment and beyond. More