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Expanded breast health services and advances for diagnosing and treating breast cancer are being delivered at Cayuga Health by a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, and care navigators.
Tran Tu Huynh, DO, is leading the surgical program for breast care and did her fellowship training in breast surgical oncology at Grant Medical Center, Columbus, OH, an accredited center of excellence.
“My specialty training in multi-disciplinary, holistic breast cancer care brings new treatment approaches and new technology of the operating room that will benefit patients in the Ithaca area,” Dr. Huynh says. “Advances in breast surgery and post-surgical support allow most breast surgeries–including mastectomies–to be done on an out-patient basis so patients go home on the same day as their procedures.”
Dr. Huynh is proficient in a myriad of surgical procedures and issues related to the breast, including: Invasive breast cancer, in situ breast cancer, benign breast disease, breast anomalies, high-risk breast care and survivorship.
“Cayuga Health has made a strong commitment to building a multi-disciplinary treatment team for breast health and breast cancer that is focused on the patient’s needs,” Dr. Huynh says.
That team includes:
• Drs. Ryan Dockery, Peter Dvorak, Kim Hwang, Daniel Sasson, Walter Silbert, diagnostic radiology.
• Drs. Roman Politi and David Maldow, interventional radiology.
• Dr. David M. Monicelli, plastic surgery
• Dr. Elizabeth Plocharczyk, pathology
• Dr. John Powell, radiation oncology
• Drs. Timothy Bael, Charles Garbo, Robert Horowitz, medical oncology
• Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
• Navigators for the continuum of breast care for imaging, surgery, oncology and a Director for Breast Heath Integration to coordinate patient care between Cayuga Health’s hospital departments.
“Breast cancer is a complex disease that affects 10-12% of women, and some women have a much higher rate for the disease because of genetic and familial factors. Having a multi-disciplinary team is essential for both effective treatment and providing support for patients during and after their treatment,” Dr. Huynh says.
Health care providers at Cayuga Health use sophisticated technology to diagnose and treat breast cancer. Among those are:
3D Mammography. Considered the most advanced technology in screening and diagnostic mammography, 3D mammography allows doctors to examine breast tissue layer by layer. Rather than viewing breast tissue in a flat image, as with 2D mammography, this type of imaging reveals the fine details that previously could be hidden by the tissue above or below. Research also shows that 3D mammograms can increase early cancer detection rates and decrease call backs.
Breast Ultrasound. A radiation-free technique, breast ultrasounds generate images through sound waves. They can help distinguish normal breast tissue from a fluid-filled cyst or a solid mass that appears on a mammogram.
Breast Biopsy. Ultrasound-guided biopsy and stereotactic biopsy are advanced techniques that allow physicians to get samples of breast tissue for evaluation after there has been a suspicious finding on a diagnostic mammogram.
Sentinel node biopsy. This surgical procedure evaluates assesses whether cancer has spread beyond a primary tumor and into the lymphatic system. Sentinel node biopsy involves injecting a tracer material that helps the surgeon locate the sentinel nodes during surgery. The nodes are removed and analyzed in a laboratory. If the sentinel nodes are free of cancer, then cancer is unlikely to have spread, and removing additional lymph nodes is unnecessary.
Reconstruction surgery. Newer techniques have reduced the amount of scarring from breast cancer surgery. Both cancer and plastic surgeons review reconstruction choices with patients prior to breast surgery to develop plans that will restore one or both breasts to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size following mastectomy or lumpectomy.
Rehabilitation, Support, and Physical Therapy Services. A multi-disciplinary breast health team provides patients with a spectrum of care that starts before treatment therapies begin and continues long after those treatments end. Cayuga Health care teams include oncology nurses, social workers, physical therapists, a nutrition counselor, a genetic counselor, a psychologist, a lymphedema expert and access to services in cancer education and integrative medicine and health.
“Cayuga Health created new positions to assist patients who may see many providers in the course of their care and become overwhelmed with information,” Dr. Huynh says. “Our new Breast Cancer Navigator, Suzie Ruyan, helps patients get information regarding their care and coordinates their surgical and referring needs. Lori Bell, Director of Breast Health Integration, helps create and maintain important processes and infrastructures that connect patients’ health-care providers into a coordinated treatment team.”
Dr. Huynh is a surgeon, engineer and entrepreneur. She is the founder and president of OpticSurg, a medical software startup leveraging augmented reality and artificial intelligence to improve patient care delivery in the operating room and at bedside. She received her medical degree from Touro University in Vallejo, CA and completed a fellowship program for breast surgical oncology at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, OH. She can be reach at (607) 339-0625.