Breast Cancer

Overview

Breast cancer is the most common female cancer with approximately 194,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. More than 70% of breast cancers occur in women who are 50 years of age and older. The incidence of breast cancer increases with age, beginning slowly between ages of 45 and 50 years of age, and steadily rises each year. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for women between 20 and 59 years of age.

Treatment Options

Treatment for breast cancer is dependent upon the clinical staging and may include a combination of surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy.

What to Expect During a Visit with our Oncologist Breast Oncologist*

Your risk assessment begins with a review of medical history, family history and a clinical breast exam. We will use this information and risk assessment tools to estimate risk for the development of breast cancer and to suggest a personalized screening program. We may also recommend other services such as breast imaging, genetic counseling or surgery.

Specialized Services Available:
• Comprehensive risk evaluation
• Prevention and surveillance counseling
• Clinical breast exam
• Review of breast self-exam techniques
• Access to clinical trials if and when appropriate

*Please check with your insurer to confirm a high-risk breast screening appointment with an oncologist is covered by your plan. If it is not, you will be financially responsible for the screening.

Breast Cancer Care Navigators

Your breast cancer health care journey will be led by dedicated care navigators to support and inform you and your family throughout the process. To help make everything as smooth as possible, we expedite wait times between appointments – meaning you’ll be seen sooner and benefit from leading breast diagnostic technology and treatments faster.

The TGH Cancer Institute Breast Program

The Specialized Breast Program offers risk assessment and personalized care plans for women who are at high risk for breast cancer. Tampa General’s Cancer Institute is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report and the Commission on Cancer (CoC), and is home to the country’s top cancer specialists, surgeons and research scientists. Tampa General Hospital will collaborate with experienced oncologists and surgeons across Palm Beach County to deliver personalized medicine and game-changing treatments fueled by academic medicine.

You may benefit from a formal risk assessment if you are concerned about your lifetime risk of breast cancer and have any of the following risk factors:

• Any family history of breast or ovarian cancer
• A male relative with breast cancer • Ashkenazi Jewish descent
• Personal history of an atypical (or abnormal breast biopsy)
• Personal history of lobular carcinoma in situ
• Personal history of chest radiation
• Known or suspected genetic mutation carrier (BRCAl or BRCA2)

Breast Cancer Specialists

Talya Schwarzberg

Talya Schwarzberg, MD

Talya Schwarzberg, MD, is a former clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and staff physician at Massachusetts General Hospital’s department of medical oncology. She received her medical oncology and hematology training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her internal medicine training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, both in Boston.

Dr. Schwarzberg is currently seeing patients with different types of cancers, with a focus on breast and gynecologic cancers. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Talya Schwarzberg.

Kelly Foster MD

Kelly Foster, MD

Dr. Foster is board certified in medical oncology, internal medicine and palliative medicine. She is currently seeing patients with all types of cancer, with a focus on breast and gastrointestinal cancers (gastric, esophageal, pancreatic, hepatobiliary, colon, anal). She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Kelly Foster.

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