CIBC Breast Centre
Breast Centre Interprofessional Team
The Breast Health Care team at St. Michael's Hospital is made up of many experts:
- Breast Surgeons
- Breast Reconstructive Surgeons
- Medical Oncologists
- Radiation Oncologists
- Registered Mammography Technologist
- Patient Navigation Specialist
- Registered Nurses
- Clerical Assistants
All patients who have a breast cancer (DCIS or Invasive Breast Cancer) diagnosis are referred by their surgeon to our Friday morning Multidisciplinary Clinic. The medical and radiation oncologists will meet at the same time with a patient to complete a full evaluation, discuss treatment that is recommended, and answer any questions the patient and/or his family have.
The process of how systemic and radiation treatment begins is reviewed with the patient, as well as any clinical trials that can be offered to the patient.
Multidisciplinary Care Conferences (MCC) are held weekly where the clinical team members come together once a week to discuss new cases and make treatment recommendations about specific patients. The team members who come to the MCC include the pathologists, radiologists, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, clinical trials coordinators and the Patient Navigation Specialist.
Patient Navigation Specialist
The patient navigation specialist (PNS) is a member of the health care team who works closely with the physicians and other team members to help guide patients with breast health concerns. The PNS follows patients, if necessary, from the diagnostic phase through the treatment phase. The PNS will help you understand all the different parts of your care and make referrals to the available support resources.
Registered Nurses in the breast centre are dedicated to providing patient centred care involving counseling and educating patients on breast self-examinations and breast care, providing emotional support and information to newly diagnosed cancer patients, working closely with the Patient Navigation Specialist, and calling patients to ask them to book a follow-up appointment subsequent to abnormal test results. Registered Nurses in the CIBC Breast Centre work collaboratively with the physician during any clinical procedures done in the diagnostic clinic. Registered Nurses are also available to meet the needs of patients if they have concerns or questions before or after any clinical procedures or surgery.
The mammography technologists at the CIBC Breast Centre have specialized training in performing a variety of imaging exams on the breast. The technologists also work closely with the nurses, radiologists and surgeons to provide comprehensive care for patients having breast screening exams, specialized imaging procedures such as biopsies, and surgery.
Clerical Assistants are responsible for several administrative and clerical duties in the CIBC Breast Centre. Some of these duties include booking clinic appointments, registering patients, and scheduling follow up appointments.
There are several volunteers in the CIBC Breast Centre and they provide assistance to patients in the clinic.