Breast cancer treatment in West Palm Beach

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

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Due to the complex nature of breast cancer and its treatment, The Breast Health Institute at JFK Medical Center has created a patient-centered program for women and their families going through breast cancer treatment.In addition to this program, we also have a specially designed approach to care for and treat male breast cancer. Our mission is to care for the whole patient, not just treat the disease. Patients have access to innovative treatments, clinical trials and other supportive services.

To learn more about our wide range of breast cancer services in Lake Worth, please call The Breast Institute at (561) 548-3530.

The focus of our care is treating patients with ongoing breast problems, elevated risk of developing breast cancer and a new or past diagnosis of breast cancer. In addition to our full spectrum of cancer care services, we also offer breath health services, such as mammography and breast ultrasound, to provide early cancer detection to patients.

Complete breast cancer services

We take a truly comprehensive approach to breast cancer care, from initial diagnosis to treatment and through postoperative/posttreatment care. We take the time to educate our patients on their treatment options, including the drugs being used and their potential side effects. Our breast cancer program offers all of the following services:

  • Breast surgery—Breast surgical options may include oncoplastic surgery and reduction lumpectomy. When possible, we strive to conserve as much of the breast as possible. We also are happy to refer patients to our partners in plastic surgery for breast reconstruction options.
  • Medical oncology care—We offer a range of medical therapies including endocrine therapy, chemotherapy and targeted monoclonal antibody therapy.
  • Nurse navigators—Our nurse navigators create a supportive multidisciplinary environment and continuing communication with the patient into survivorship to address the physical, spiritual and psychological needs.
  • Nutritional services—We employ licensed dietitians who provide education on proper diet and nutrition during your treatment regimen and into survivorship. Private nutritional sessions can be arranged through your nurse navigator.
  • Physical and occupational therapies—Our licensed physical and occupational therapists are available to help provide education and prevention techniques for side effects of cancer, such as lymphedema and musculoskeletal conditions. Our complete physical therapy and rehabilitation program includes a lymphedema program and postoperative injury care.
  • Radiation oncology—We offer both partial and whole breast radiation services. We discuss all radiation treatment plans with patients ahead of time and use advanced radiation technology.
  • Social services—A licensed mental health counselor meets with all of our breast cancer patients to assess emotional, psychosocial and spiritual needs. They are also here to provide information on support services and community resources.
  • Support groups—We offer a breast cancer support group where breast cancer patients can share their experience, feelings and concerns in a safe place.
  • Survivorship care program—One of our advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) will provide each patient with an individualized survivorship care plan. Our goal is to empower each survivor to gain a sense of well being and improved quality of life through healthy lifestyle changes and to assist in the early detection of treatment-related issues.

Multidisciplinary care team

When you become a breast cancer patient at JFK Medical Center, you receive care from a wide range of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals, including:

  • Breast imaging specialists
  • Fellowship-trained breast surgeons
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Nurse navigators
  • Research specialists
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Nutritionists
  • Social Workers
  • Community liaison representatives
  • Survivorship care nurse practitioners

Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) for breast cancer

IORT is advancing the use of radiation in the treatment of breast cancer patients. IORT at JFK Medical Center offers many advantages over standard whole breast radiation therapy for many patients, including:

  • Maximum effect—IORT delivers a concentrated dose of radiation to a tumor site immediately after a tumor is removed, helping destroy the microscopic tumor cells that may be left behind.
  • Spares healthy tissues and organs—During IORT, a precise radiation dose is applied while shielding healthy tissues or structures, such as the skin, the heart and the lungs, that could be damaged using other techniques.
  • Shortened treatment times—IORT helps some patients finish treatment and get back to their lives more quickly by reducing the need for additional radiation therapy. For patients who are eligible for single dose treatment the entire therapeutic dose of breast radiation is given immediately at the time of lumpectomy (removal of the tumor) while the patient is still under anesthesia. With IORT treatment, no return trips for radiation are typically required.
  • Targeted radiation therapy—Radiation is given directly and internally to the sections of the breast with the biggest risk of cancer recurrence.
  • Decreased side effects—Because the skin is protected during IORT, it has been found to decrease side effects such as red rashes and skin irritations that occur during traditional radiation therapy.

Candidates for IORT

A patient must be a surgical candidate to be eligible for IORT. This treatment is generally reserved for individuals with early-stage disease. Your doctor will discuss whether IORT is an appropriate treatment option for you based on your individual diagnosis, tumor characteristics and personal preference.

Genetic and BRCA testing

The BRCA test screens for specific genes that increase the risk of breast cancer and can help patients and their doctors manage their care. Although most women who develop breast cancer do not have an inherited gene mutation, genetic testing gives them a chance to know for sure. If their breast cancer or family history of breast cancer is related to an inherited gene mutation, genetic counseling and further testing (for BRCA 1 and 2 mutations) are available. Screenings for women who have a family history of breast cancer are also available.

Please ask your doctor if you are interested in more information.