What specialists should be involved in the treatment of breast cancer?

Women with breast cancer are likely to be treated by specialists such as a surgeon, a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist.

Behind the scenes are the radiologists who interpret the imaging studies that often raise the suspicion of cancer in the first place, and the pathologists who look at the tissue and determine if the cells are malignant. They are also involved in directing the more specialized testing related to the genetics of the cancer. Effective collaboration among these doctors is very important.

Breast cancer is a multidisciplinary disease. Despite all the technology used to treat breast cancer, once a woman is diagnosed with cancer it all comes down to her  relationship with her doctors.

Dr. Cary Hsu, MD

The treatment of breast cancer requires a multidisciplinary care team. No single clinician can manage all the care for a person with breast cancer. The team is composed of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, plastic surgeons, pathologists, genetic counselors, social workers and care coordinators. It’s important that these people be in the same place to develop a game plan for treating a person with breast cancer.

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