Breast cancer statistics are staggering - women and men of all ages are at risk
But a breast cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. In fact, our arsenal of weapons against this dreaded disease have come a long way. Let us be your partners on this journey.
We will be there every step of the way — from diagnosis to lifetime follow-up.
We will facilitate your entire treatment process that entails a combination of:
Breast conserving surgery (BCS/WLE) following oncoplastic principle
The purpose of this type of surgery is to remove cancer, leaving as much healthy tissue intact as possible.
During this procedure, the entire breast, including all of the breast tissue is removed.
Reconstructive options in collaboration with a plastic surgeon
If you have had surgical treatment for breast cancer, you may choose to undergo reconstructive surgery in order to rebuild the shape of your breast/s.
Concurrent axillary procedure – sentinel lymph node biopsy and/or nodal clearance
These procedures may be performed to ensure that the cancer has not spread into the lymph nodes.
Oncology options offered by the oncologists on the team:
Chemotherapy may be recommended to treat your breast cancer. The purpose of this treatment method is to kill any cancer cells that have affected the breasts, and spread to other parts of the body. The team may also recommend chemotherapy to prevent cancer from returning after surgery or to decrease the size of a tumour before surgery, so that it is easier to remove.
Radiation therapy may be recommended, in which case high-energy radiation is administered with considerable accuracy to cancerous cells. The radiation works by stopping cancer cells from reproducing, without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue.
Endocrine therapy (oestrogen receptor blockers)
The team may recommend endocrine therapy, which involves the administration of drugs formulated to stop the production of oestrogen and progesterone and prevents the growth of cancerous cells.
The use of Immune therapy and biologicals
Some breast cancers express human epidermal growth factor receptors that responds to monoclonal anti-body therapy - most commonly known as Herceptin or Tratuzumab. If appropriate, the use of this drug will be included in your treatment plan.
Integrated health care:
Integrated health care is another important part of a holistic treatment plan. Dr Roodt and her team offer the following elements:
- Body Talk
- Nutrition and supplements
- Patient and family counselling and education
- Referral for special post-surgical adjuncts e.g. nipple tattooing, temporary external prosthesis
- Referral for post-operative physiotherapy
- Referral to relevant support groups in your area