Breast Cancer Clinic
Breast cancer patient care at the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester is under the direction of Stefan Glück, M.D.
To schedule a first appointment with a breast cancer specialist, call Sylvester at 305-243-5302 or 877-243-1056 and “Ask for Ana.” Ana Espinosa and her team of cancer care coordinators will arrange your first visit with one of our cancer specialists.
If you’re an existing Sylvester patient in need of a follow-up appointment, please call the Physician Referral Office at 305-243-5757 or 800-432-0191. Alternately, you can make an appointment with one of our breast cancer specialists by filling out our secure online appointment form. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a response by phone within one business day.
What the Breast Cancer Clinic Offers
- Outstanding clinical diagnosis and treatment services for patients with a variety of breast problems and diagnosed breast cancer
- Access to expertise, the most advanced technology, newest cancer drugs, and a wide range of promising new therapies offered in the most advanced clinical trials
- A wide range of technologies, including mammography, ultrasound, fine needle aspiration, ultrasound-guided biopsy, and MRI imaging, and biopsies
- Access to breast MRI for diagnostic evaluation and screening for high-risk patients, as appropriate
- Counseling, guidance and education about inherited cancer risk and appropriate risk management, including genetic testing, through the Center for Cancer Prevention and Genetics; to learn more, call Genetic Counselor Talia Donenberg, M.S., CGC, at 305-243-3627
Today, the Braman Institute clinical faculty includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists (including M.D. scientists in our research labs), and breast radiation oncologists who are specialized in breast cancer care. In addition, breast radiologists and dedicated breast pathologists assist in diagnosing new breast cancer patients and in the care of follow-up cases.
Support personnel are vital to our team. These professionals include: a breast cancer clinic manager, advanced practice registered nurses (nurse practitioners), breast cancer nurses, nurses assistants, and clerical staff.
What Can I Expect?
The purpose of your initial visit to the Breast Cancer Clinic is to establish yourself as a patient. You will meet with a physician to review and discuss your treatment protocol and overall care, as well as schedule any necessary testing or procedures. Below are steps involved in establishing this relationship. Please note your first visit may vary and may take several hours, depending on necessary consultations, testing, and/or procedures. A full evaluation may require at least five working days to complete, not including any treatments.
- In order to best plan your treatment, please request to have your microscope (pathology) slides and tissue blocks sent to our facility at least two weeks in advance of your appointment, so they may be reviewed by our pathologist. We can help arrange this if you need assistance.
- Medical oncology appointments require patients to send their records ahead of time to be reviewed by the breast cancer nurse coordinator. Please allow 1-3 days for our review of those records. Please note that no medical oncology appointments are given until records are reviewed and slides are received.
- On the day of your visit, please bring all your medical records, including reports, laboratory test results, X-rays (mammograms, ultrasounds, MRI films), and a list of all your current medications.
- Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment and check in at the Patient Registration desk. Be sure to provide a local address and telephone number. If you need to reschedule an appointment, please call at least 24 hours in advance.
- From registration, you will be directed to the Braman Family Breast Cancer Clinic on the second floor of Sylvester.
- In the waiting area for the Breast Cancer Clinic, you will complete the health questionnaires including the dose and strength of all current medications, including aspirin products.
- Your medical information will be reviewed by your health care team (doctor, advanced care nurse practitioner, and clinic nurse).
- A health care team member will direct you to the exam room where you will receive a thorough medical examination by your doctor.
- The doctor will talk with you about the reports, records, and laboratory tests you provided, as well as discuss your recommended treatment options and any need for further testing.
- After your visit, please proceed to the nurses’ station for checkout.
Please schedule follow-up visits with the staff associate at the time of discharge.
- Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment and check in at the Patient Registration desk. If you need to reschedule an appointment, please call at least 24 hours in advance.
- From Patient Registration, you will be directed to the Braman Family Breast Cancer Clinic on the second floor. Be sure to provide any updates to your local address, number, or insurance information.
- At the Breast Cancer Clinic, please have a seat in the waiting area until a health care team member calls you to direct you to the exam room.
- Please advise your nurse about any recently completed tests, such as an X-ray, CT scan, MRI, MGM, or lab work, to make sure this information is included in your chart.
- Your doctor will perform a thorough medical examination.
- After your follow-up visit, please proceed to the nurses’ station for check out. If changes were made in your treatment plan, it will take some time to process the doctor’s orders. Please have a seat in the waiting area.
- If more tests are ordered, the advanced care nurse practitioner on your team will advise you on how soon the tests should be completed and the receptionist will schedule the tests before you leave. If prior authorization is required, we will notify you of that and the nurse coordinator or patient care coordinator will help you obtain it.
As part of our commitment to patient care, the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute offers psychosocial services to patients and their families through the Courtelis Center for Psychosocial Oncology at Sylvester. We understand breast cancer poses many challenges, and we believe in offering all possible resources to help maximize the chance of recovery and improve quality of life for every patient with a breast cancer diagnosis.
To learn more or to make an appointment for psychosocial or other support services, please call the Courtelis Center at 305-243-4129.