NEW YORK--A new breast care center in New York City is offering
same-day diagnosis, consultation with an on-site reconstructive
surgeon, and an array of innovative services.
The St. Lukes-Roosevelt Comprehensive Breast Center has on-site
radiology, pathology, and consultation services, and offers
fine-needle biopsies in addition to mammography, making it possible
for malignancy to be confirmed or ruled out and treatment options,
including plastic surgery, outlined in a single visit.
The center also offers genetic testing, social work and psychiatric
services, support groups, and a resource center that provides
patients access to books, periodicals, the Internet, and videotapes.
Nurses and physician assistants coordinate patient visits, and breast
cancer survivors are available to mentor patients through their
treatments. Patients may also be referred for complementary therapies
such as Tibetan and Chinese medicine and yoga. In fact, the center
was designed according to the principles of Feng Shui, the ancient
Chinese practice of constructing an interior to harmonize with the
flow of the earths energy.
Alison Estabrook, MD, a pioneer in the use of fine-needle aspiration,
is the director of the new center. She is also chief of Breast
Disease Services at St. Lukes-Roosevelts Department of
Surgery and associate director of the Cancer Center at Beth Israel
Medical Center. Beth Israel and St. Lukes-Roosevelt are
affiliated through Continuum Health Partners. Mark Sultan, MD, chief
of Beth Israels Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,
is also on the staff.
Dr. Estabrook said that the center "is the future of how all
breast cancer patients will be treated--a combination of 21st century
technology and convenience within a caring environment."