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Columbia Presbyterian Breast Center at PMC
Medical Expertise, Sophisticated Technology and Personalized Care
The Columbia Presbyterian Breast Care Center at Palisades Medical Center is committed to providing comprehensive and coordinated health services to women and their families.
We have teamed up with Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center to provide women in Hudson and Southern Bergen counties with the best options for comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of all forms of breast disease.
We apply a multidisciplinary approach to breast health, which includes medical care, educational programs, and support groups. Ensuring that your experience at our Comprehensive Breast Center is private, comfortable and dignified is a primary concern of the staff.
You benefit from the most technologically advanced services available, state-of-the-art equipment, and individualized management by clinical experts — for the highest quality care.
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women over the age of 40 have regular breast exams and mammograms. The frequency of such examinations and the specific age at which screening should begin depend upon an individual's risk factors for breast cancer, including personal and family medical histories.
Screening may include:
- The documentation of your personal and family medical histories
- A physical examination
- Radiologic studies, such as mammography and breast ultrasonography
All of our mammography technicians are proven professionals who concern themselves with your comfort.
High Risk Women
The Women At Risk (WAR) organizes seminars and offers opportunities to enroll in ongoing research projects specifically designed for women at high risk. Support groups, a resource library with book, articles, videos, take-home pamphlets, a free lecture series, and an annual newsletter are also conveniently available.
When you come for an initial evaluation, you will be seen by one or more board certified physicians of the Breast Center team. The team is made up of specialists, including Breast Surgeons and Certified Radiologists who perform:
- Physical exams
- Fine-needle aspirations or core biopsy
- Surgical biopsies
- Mammographically assisted excisional biopsy and Sentinel node biopsy
- Mammography, Breast ultrasound & MRI
- ET (Position Emission Tomography)
- Stereotactic or ultrasound-guided diagnostic procedures (including cyst aspiration & fine-needle aspiration for cytology core biopsy)
Second Opinion Program
If you are at high risk for breast disease or have been diagnosed with breast cancer, the Second Opinion Program offers you access to a multidisciplinary team of breast cancer specialists. This team, concerned with you and your family's emotional and physical well being, makes evaluations and provides treatment recommendations.
Elements of the program include:
- A comprehensive medical history
- A complete breast exam
- A review of biopsy slides and mammograms
- Additional diagnostic studies, if necessary
- A discussion of options regarding surgery, breast conservation treatments, radiation therapy, breast reconstruction, and chemotherapy, as appropriate
- Counseling by psychiatrists, genetic counselors, social service professionals, and patient and family support groups
Our multispecialty consultation and innovative treatment, coupled with compassionate care, are the standard for patients with breast disease. If diagnosed with breast cancer, you will be informed and advised by specialists regarding treatment options. These specialists include:
- Breast surgeons, who perform definitive cancer management, including breast conservation surgery and mastectomy.
- Plastic surgeons, who perform immediate or delayed breast reconstruction. Your options may include the use of permanent implants or the transfer of your own tissue.
- Gynecologists, and experts in menopause management and hormonal replacement therapy.
- Anesthesiologists, who administer general anesthesia and conscious sedation.
- Radiation oncologists, who administer radiation therapy.
- Medical oncologists, who prescribe systemic therapy, such as adjuvant chemotherapy, hormone therapy, autologous marrow or stem-cell transplant, gene therapy, and immunomodulation.
- Psychiatrists, who discuss a broad range of relevant issues with patients and their families.
- Complementary medicine specialists, who utilize alternative therapies, such as massage therapy, reflexology and hypnotherapy, to help patients cope with stress.