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Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI)

As part of the cancer care multi-disciplinary team, radiation oncologists coordinate every aspect of care with oncologists, radiologists, surgeons and pathologists to provide personalized treatment plans for each patient.

Breast Cancer Resources

At MemorialCare, we know that being well-informed will help you make the best choices about your cancer care when you consult with our physicians. We have provided some links to independent online resources for breast cancer information.

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment & Genetic Counseling

According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer, in the U.S. It can occur in both men and women, although very rare in men. Each year there are about 2,300 new cases of breast cancer in men and about 230,000 new cases in women.

Breast Cancer Surgery

Our specialized breast surgeons are experts in breast-sparing surgery.

Breast Care Team

At the MemorialCare Breast Centers, a team of specialists ensure patients receive the best, most comprehensive breast care available. The care teams work closely with referring physicians to coordinate care and provide seamless communication and reporting.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancer with cytotoxic drugs. Chemotherapy is a systemic therapy; it usually treats the whole body, as opposed to radiotherapy or surgery that provides focused treatment to a specific area of the body.

Hormone Therapy

Chemicals called hormones are produced in glands in the reproductive system, in the ovaries for women and the testicles for men. Cancers most commonly treated with hormone therapy are breast and prostate cancer.

Immunotherapy

Biotherapy (also called biological therapy or immunotherapy) is a treatment to activate or repair the ability of the body’s immune system to fight cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, infections, and other diseases.

Intraoperative Radiation Therapy

Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) integrates a lumpectomy (the removal of a tumor from the breast) and radiation treatment into a single surgery. During IORT, a precise, concentrated radiation dose is delivered to the tumor immediately after it’s removed.

Marti’s Closet

Marti’s Closet, at Long Beach Medical Center and Orange Coast Medical Center, gives cancer surgery patients the opportunity to select button-down blouses free of charge. All blouses are gently worn, clean and ready to wear.

Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

Oncoplastic breast surgery uses an aesthetic approach to breast cancer treatment by removing the cancer while also preserving and rebuilding the breast to maintain its natural look and feel. This type of conservation surgery removes the cancer, reshapes the breast and prevents excessive scarring.

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Patient Navigator for Breast Cancer

MemorialCare Patient Navigators help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients gain awareness of resources and services available to them during this difficult time. They also assist with care coordination, symptom management, and education to help get them through the journey.

Radiation Therapy

As part of the cancer care multi-disciplinary team, radiation oncologists coordinate every aspect of care, with surgeons and pathologists to help decide the best course of treatment for each patient.

Selecting Breast Cancer Specialists

Selecting physician specialists to treat your breast cancer is an important decision to make. When selecting a team of physicians to treat breast cancer, it is important to look for specialists who are highly trained in their fields. The comprehensive teams of expert breast cancer specialists at MemorialCare Breast Centers

Survivorship Resources

At the MemorialCare Cancer Institute, our patients are never alone in their cancer journey. We believe that patient and family education and support are essential to a speedy recovery and long-term wellness.

Survivorship: Living and Thriving Beyond Cancer

There are more than 12 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today. Although the initial cancer care may be complete, there is still physical, emotional and psychological healing to be done. Everyone’s experience is different, therefore it is important to customize your plan to address individual needs.

Targeted Therapy

Targeted therapy uses customized chemotherapeutic drugs to treat cancer by stopping the growth and spread of cancer cells. Each patient’s cancer cells are unique and each patient responds differently to chemotherapies.