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Breast health centre
The Breast Health Centre at Markham Stouffville Hospital is a model of patient-centered care, meaning the health system revolves around the patient. Patient care is supported by the most advanced screening tools and an expert interdisciplinary team of health specialists.
The Breast Health Centre was developed in response to the needs of our community and delivers “one-stop” coordinated care in a setting built for patient comfort and privacy. Our approach calls for family physicians to directly refer patients with a high suspicion of breast cancer to the centre, eliminating any possible delays in patient care.
- Care we provide
- Ontario Breast Screening Program
- Nursing assessment
- Surgeon consult
- Ultrasound biopsy
- Patient education resources
- Care providers
The care providers at the Breast Health Centre include a team of pathologists, family physicians, nurses, mammography technologists, radiologists, ultrasound technologists, surgeons, social workers and volunteers trained in the needs associated with our patients.
Surgeons are specially trained doctors who provide operations for patients who require the surgical removal of breast cancer cells or tumors. If a patient requires treatment with chemotherapy or radiation therapy the surgeon refers the patient to a medical oncologist for assessment. The medical oncologist would discuss care with the patient and family and refer to a radiation oncologist if needed. The surgeons at MSH participate in regularly scheduled Multidisciplinary Cancer Conferences which include a variety of health specialists. In these conferences we discuss the best possible plan of care for our patients with the diagnosis of cancer. The following is a list of general surgeons who work in the Breast Health Centre:
- Dr. Patrick Whelan
- Dr. Alan Ing
- Dr. Angelo Vivona
- Dr. Crystal Pallister
- Dr. Timothy Cheang
- Dr. Simon Yang
The surgeons can be reached in the Breast Health Centre at 905-472-7606.
- Scheduling Your First Visit
You will receive a call from the Breast Health Centre to arrange an appointment within two days from the time your family doctor contacts us.
- What to expect on your first visit
You will be met by one of our volunteers who will escort you to the secretary to register before you meet with a surgeon and nurse. Your appointment will take approximately three to four hours and you may require tests such as a mammogram or ultrasound. We suggest patients wear a two piece outfit as it will be most comfortable.
- What to bring with you
Please remember to bring the following items with you when you come to the Breast Health Centre:
- Health card
- All medications you take including over the counter drugs
- A snack – if a long treatment is expected Diabetics should bring a snack or meal, insulin and related supplies
- A book, magazine or other reading materials
You are encouraged to bring your spouse or a friend for support. Each patient is allowed one visitor. Due to the length of time required at the centre, we suggest that you make arrangements for child care if required. On occasion, we may ask visitors to step out for a minute as needed.
- Ontario Breast Screening Program
The Breast Health Centre has partnered with the Ontario Breast Screening Program which includes the new High Risk Screening for women that are at higher risk for breast cancer. For more information visit www.cancercare.on.ca.