Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic brings comprehensive care to Florida Hospital Altamonte

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Fla., ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018 — Florida Hospital is taking an innovative approach to make breast-cancer care more convenient and less stressful for patients.

At Florida Hospital Altamonte, a team of breast cancer specialists, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and breast cancer surgeons, work together to develop targeted treatment plans for patients based on their individual needs. Patients can access all three specialties at one location, in a single visit, at the new Breast Cancer Clinic.

"We believe this team approach provides patients the highest quality of care," said breast cancer surgeon Dr. Lisa Minton. "We can evaluate breast cancer patients in a comprehensive, single-day setting — helping to decrease the time between diagnosis and treatment."

Prior to a patient's appointment, the team reviews the case. The patient then meets with her or his care team, consisting of a medical oncologist, a breast surgeon and a radiation oncologist, to discuss the best treatment options for her specific diagnosis.

Additional appointments for imaging, labs or ancillary services such as plastic surgery can be discussed with the patient and scheduled as needed.

The Altamonte campus also offers advanced new technologies for breast cancer treatment, including the new TrueBeam system, which is designed to deliver precise radiation directly to a tumor site while sparing healthy tissue and reducing overall treatment time. The system will also incorporate a 64-slice CT scanner, which produces incredibly detailed, razor-sharp images, and the Prone Breast Board, which ensures patient comfort, while also further minimizing radiation exposure to the chest wall, protecting healthy cardiac tissue and lungs.

“Undergoing cancer treatment is a difficult experience,” Minton said. “We want to do everything we can to make it easier for our patients. Our multidisciplinary approach allows us to do that.”

The new clinic is located in the Medical Plaza on the campus of Florida Hospital Altamonte, 661 E. Altamonte Drive, Suite 231.

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