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Safe and Effective Breast Cancer Treatment

Florida Hospital Cancer Institute (FHCI) is committed to providing the latest and most effective breast cancer treatment for residents of Central Florida and the surrounding regions. From our highly advanced surgical suites and clinical trial programs to our experienced team of breast cancer doctors, surgeons, nurses and specialists, FHCI is one the leading breast cancer treatment centers in the United States. Treatments for breast cancer cover a broad range of therapies, from surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, to targeted and hormonal therapy. Our physicians work with our clinical research team to offer eligible patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. To learn more about breast cancer treatment at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, call (407) 303-1700 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Or fill out our online assistance form and one of our coordinators will get back to you within one business day.

Breast Cancer Surgery

Rest assured that the medical specialists at the FHCI will explore every option available for the treatment of your cancer, and if surgery is an option, know that our physicians are highly experienced in providing premier breast cancer surgery to residents of Central Florida, the surrounding region and across the country. To learn more about breast cancer surgery at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, call (407) 303-1700 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Or fill out our online assistance form and one of our coordinators will get back to you within one business day.

Types of Breast Cancer Surgery

Breast cancer can be approached through a lumpectomy, also referred to as breast conserving surgery or wide excision, or a mastectomy, which involves the removal of the entire breast. 

Your surgeon may also recommend that some of the lymph nodes under the arm be sampled to determine whether if they contain cancer cells. In order to minimize the extent and possible side effects associated with removing these axillary nodes, doctors have developed a sentinel node biopsy procedure where a radioactive element or dye is injected into the lymphatic system of the breast and is traced to the “sentinel nodes.”  One or more of these nodes will be removed and examined by the pathologist to determine if there is any evidence of cancer. If so, more axillary nodes may be removed.

With a lumpectomy, the cancer is removed as well as a small rim of normal tissue around it known as the "margin".  Surgery is performed under general anesthesia, but patients are usually discharged home later the same day.  Recovery time is minimal.

There are three types of mastectomies. A simple mastectomy involves removal of the entire breast, sometimes accompanied by a sentinel node biopsy. In a modified radical mastectomy, the entire breast is removed, as well as the lymph nodes under the arm. A radical mastectomy includes removal of the whole breast including the nipple and overlying skin, the lymph nodes under the arm, as well as a portion of the muscle of the chest wall.  As this surgery is more traumatic, it is not recommended unless the cancer is known to have invaded the chest muscle. 

Depending on the preferences of the patient, additional surgeries may be needed to reconstruct the breasts following a mastectomy. One of our plastic surgeons can review options with you to determine the best course for reconstruction, which can include tissue expanders with placement of implants or one of several special flap rotations. The decision of which reconstruction is best for you depends on the type of breast cancer treatment you're receiving and your unique physiology. In many cases FHCI's breast cancer surgeon and your plastic surgeon collaborate on your reconstructive procedure.

To learn more about breast cancer surgery at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, call (407) 303-1700 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Or fill out our online assistance form and one of our coordinators will get back to you within one business day.

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Radiation Therapy

An option for treating breast cancer locally is radiation therapy. A radiation oncologist at FHCI will utilize beams of high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells that may be left behind in the breast, chest wall or lymph nodes following surgery. New techniques have allowed the radiation to be delivered very precisely, with little damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. FHCI’s radiation oncologists will be glad to discuss your options regarding breast radiation therapy. 

To learn more about treating breast cancer with radiation therapy at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, call (407) 303-1700 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Or fill out our online assistance form and one of our coordinators will get back to you within one business day.

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Chemotherapy

Often, the highly skilled medical oncologists with the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute Breast Care Program will recommend the use of specially designed drugs to kill cancer cells. Known collectively as chemotherapy, these drugs are either administered through a vein or given orally. Most often chemotherapy is given after surgery to rid the body of any residual tumor cells. This is referred to as neoadjuvant therapy. However, it can also be given before surgery in the hope of shrinking a large tumor so that a mastectomy or lumpectomy can be accomplished more easily. This is referred to as neoadjuvent therapy.

FHCI's medical oncologists will be happy to explain your options to you. While chemotherapy for breast cancer has been a standard practice for the last 30 years, new drugs are emerging from labs worldwide and FHCI is constantly adding them to their arsenal through clinical trials. To learn more about treating breast cancer with chemotherapy at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, call (407) 303-1700 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Or fill out our online assistance form and one of our coordinators will get back to you within one business day.

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Hormonal Therapy

It has been known for a long time that many breast cancers are responsive to and grow in the presence of estrogen. By keeping the hormone away from the breast cancer cells, the cancer's growth can be slowed. It's best for patients who have tumors that have estrogen and/or progesterone positive receptors available. By blocking these receptor sites on the tumors, the hormone can't signal the breast cancer cells to grow.

Blocking the effects of hormones can be accomplished by removing the ovaries if you're still pre-menopausal or administering drugs such as tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors. Each method of reducing the effects and levels of estrogen has its own unique properties and your individual circumstances will direct which approach, if any, is best. To learn more about treating breast cancer with hormonal therapy at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, call (407) 303-1700 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Or fill out our online assistance form and one of our coordinators will get back to you within one business day.

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Targeted Therapy

Doctors at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute are working closely with the world's leading researchers to develop new therapies which will provide more specific information for treatment options. This idea of more personalized treatment planning is now possible with more genes and proteins being discovered which can lead to more specific, specialized therapy. This area of research and treatment is commonly referred to as targeted therapy and includes drugs such as Herceptin, Perjeta, Affinitor, and Tykerb, as well as others. To learn more about treating breast cancer with targeted therapy at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, call (407) 303-1700 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Or fill out our online assistance form and one of our coordinators will get back to you within one business day.

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Cancer Rehabilitation

Florida Hospital offers a cancer rehabilitation/lymphedema program that aims to decrease both physical and mental distress. Rehabilitation is available for patients diagnosed with cancer even before a surgery is performed.  For more information about the services offered by the Florida Hospital cancer rehabilitation/lymphedema program please click here

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Request an Appointment

For more information about breast cancer treatment at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

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