Breast Cancer Program
Breast Cancer Program Overview
From breast cancer diagnosis through treatment, Sutter Health CPMC’s Breast Cancer Program offers women comprehensive care that combines medical treatment with supportive services. Each year our healthcare team provides care to about 500 newly diagnosed women facing breast cancer. And thanks to medical advances and ongoing research, women now have more treatment options available than ever.
Our program starts at the Breast Health Center with state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostics. CPMC’s Breast Health Center is designated as a Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This means that our imaging services in mammography, breast biopsy and ultrasound meet the ACR’s high practice standards and quality measures. Should breast cancer treatment be necessary, options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy, or a combination.
Women who receive a breast cancer diagnosis typically meet with a breast surgeon first to discuss their diagnosis and treatment options. Other experts one may meet include radiation and medical oncologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, radiologists, and pathologists. As you meet with your healthcare team, keep in mind that each treatment is individualized to provide the best possi¬ble outcome. Our doctors provide women with the latest treatment options, including:
- Lumpectomy and breast-preserving surgery
- Breast reconstruction
Innovative techniques including nipple-sparing mastectomy, and microsurgical breast reconstruction (including TRAM, DIEP, SIEA and TUG flap procedures)
- Radiation therapy, including interoperative radiotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and RapidArc® radiation therapy
- Chemotherapy infusion
- Anti-estrogen hormone therapy
- Targeted therapy
At CPMC, we believe that the best care comes from bringing a team of experts together. Accordingly our doctors and support staff convene for weekly Tumor Board meetings to review breast cancer cases. During these meetings, specialists discuss a patient’s case and determine the best treatment plan for each individual. Patients benefit from having the input of many experts and knowing that all the specialists have communicated with each other.
Clinical Trials and Research
Our doctors are actively involved in clinical research to uncover new therapies for breast cancer through the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute (CPMCRI). CPMCRI offers clinical, basic science, and translational research. We offer many clinical trials that test new treatment approaches, such as new therapies or drugs.
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Breast Cancer Support Groups
We offer breast cancer support groups every week facilitated by our counselor. Please call 415-600-2717 for more information.
Notkin Family Breast Cancer Recovery Program
The Notkin Family Breast Cancer Recovery Program provides supportive services to help women impacted by breast cancer from the moment they are diagnosed, throughout treatment, and into survivorship. Patients are paired with a Nurse Navigator who provides individualized patient education and can expedite referrals to specialists and additional resources. The Notkin Family Breast Cancer Recovery Program also includes counseling and support groups led by a licensed psychologist.
Breast C.A.R.E. Program
CPMC offers an educational program for women who may have an increased risk of breast cancer. Our program helps identify high-risk women and provides them with the education and resources to take proactive steps in their health care management.
Women’s Health Resource Center
The Women’s Health Resource Center features a Cancer Care Boutique that offers consultations for hair loss or post-surgical breast needs. Assistance with wigs, hairpieces, scarves or turbans is available for anyone who experiences hair loss from cancer treatment. The boutique offers breast products, such as breast forms, swimsuits, and bras, with a natural look and feel for women who have undergone a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or breast reconstructive surgery.
We regularly host American Cancer Society’s “Look Good…Feel Better” workshop, where women receive free cosmetics and lessons on beauty techniques to help manage the apprearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment
Our board-certified genetic counselor can evaluate your personal and family medical history to determine if any genetic testing is appropriate. The counselor can also discuss medical recommendations and options that patients or relatives can take to help reduce the chance of developing cancer, or help detect cancer at an earlier stage.
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Breast Cancer Doctors
Our breast health doctors, nurses and patient care professionals work together to care for individuals with breast problems and cancer. Our team features many top-rated oncologists, breast surgeons, and breast reconstruction microsurgeons in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Peter Richards, MD, FACS
Medical Director, Breast Cancer Center of Excellence
- Jessica Leung, MD, FACR
Medical Director, Breast Health Center
Breast Cancer Surgeons
- Susan Lee Char, MD
- William H. Goodson, MD
- Nima A. Grissom, MD, FACS
- Kevin R. Hiler, MD
- Charles Y. Lo, MD
- Peter C. Richards, MD
Breast Reconstruction Surgeons and Microsurgeons
- Kenneth M. Bermudez, MD
- Rudolf F. Buntic, MD
- Carolyn C. Chang, MD
- Chia Jen (Lynn) Chung, MD
- Loren Eskenazi, MD
- Karen Horton, MD
- Gabriel M. Kind, MD
- Bryant A. Toth, MD
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Our cancer nurse navigators offer you supportive guidance during your breast cancer journey.