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The Changing Philosophy of Caring for Breast Cancer At The Valley Hospital

Breast surgeons Laura Klein and Tihesha Wilson of The Valley Hospital's Breast Center
Breast surgeons Laura Klein and Tihesha Wilson of The Valley Hospital's Breast Center Photo Credit: Valley Hospital

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime and about 40,000 women will die from the disease. 

These statistics may sound alarming, but with advancements in the early detection of breast cancer and improved treatment for women diagnosed with the disease, survival rates are increasing. According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

The philosophy of caring for women with breast cancer is changing and we are proud of our team approach to providing patients with the latest oncoplastic surgical techniques. Oncoplastic surgery combines the latest plastic surgery techniques with breast-conserving surgery for the best cosmetic result possible.

For those patients who require a mastectomy, immediate reconstruction is the standard of care. At Valley we offer the latest in reconstruction options, including implant based reconstruction, DIEP-flap reconstruction, single-stage reconstruction, and more. Skin and nipples increasingly are being preserved for more natural results.

Watch our discussion of oncoplastics and the Valley Hospital breast surgery program.

In addition to oncoplastics, we provide a variety of treatment choices, including the latest advances in medical oncology, opportunities to enroll in clinical trials, and the new radioactive seed localization, which allows doctors to precisely pinpoint and remove very small breast cancers that can be seen on a mammogram but not felt in the breast.

We pride ourselves on the multi-disciplinary approach we take with our patients before, during and after breast cancer surgery. The addition of integrative services is offered before, during and after standard treatment regimes to provide a holistic approach to care.

Click here to learn more about the Valley Hospital Breast Center.

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