Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I seek treatment at the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester?

The Braman Institute features a multidisciplinary team offering breast cancer patients the opportunity to be seen by several breast health specialists in one location. Patients can be assured that continuity of care will be provided throughout their treatments.

I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. Where should I go for a second opinion?

Second opinions are rendered by surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists at the Braman Institute. To make an appointment with one of our breast cancer specialists for a second opinion, please call our Ask for Ana patient access program at 305-243-5302 or 877-243-1056.

Where can I go for screening and diagnosis for breast cancer?

Sylvester has a state-of-the-art radiology department and provides a full range of screening and diagnostic mammograms. When a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer, the patient can seek a second opinion with one of our breast cancer specialists. For more information, please contact the Information Center at 305-243-1000 or toll-free at 800-545-2292.

I have so many questions about breast cancer and my diagnosis. How can I get more information to make wise decisions regarding my treatment?

Visit the Breast Cancer section of the Sylvester website to learn more about treatment, support, and other information, and ask your nurse coordinator or doctor to help address any questions you may have.

How do I schedule an appointment with a breast cancer doctor?

The first step in getting care for you or someone you love who has cancer is to call Sylvester and ““Ask for Ana”:/ask-for-ana.” Ana Espinosa and her team of cancer care coordinators will arrange your first visit with one of our cancer specialists. Sylvester oncologists have the expertise to handle even the most complex and challenging cases. Call Ana today at 305-243-5302 or 877-243-1056.

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. You also 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 telephone within one business day.

Do I need a doctor referral to make an appointment at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?

Patients can call for an appointment without a doctor’s referral. Once an appointment is made, the patient is responsible for obtaining an insurance referral, if required by your health insurance plan.

What research is being conducted at the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester to find new treatments and ways to prevent cancer?

Sylvester currently has many clinical trials underway with the goal of finding newer and better treatments for breast cancer as well as preventing the disease. Research at the Braman Institute spans from prevention and diagnosis to surgery and radiation. To learn more about research at the Braman Institute, visit our Research section.

I am considering participating in a clinical trial. What types of clinical trials are currently available at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?

Sylvester conducts a wide range of cancer clinical trials. In fact, we typically have more than 100 trials underway at any given time. For more information on current breast cancer clinical trials, access our Clinical Trials section.

If I were interested in participating in research being conducted at the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute, could I have my doctor call?

Yes, we work with doctors in the community to provide patients with the latest medications and clinical trials available. Physicians can contact the Braman Institute research office at 305-243-7265 for more information.

How do I make a contribution to The Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester?

There are many ways to contribute to the Braman Institute. You may wish to make a financial donation, set up a charitable trust, or become a volunteer. To learn more about ways you can give, please contact Sylvester’s Development Office at 305-243-9088 or visit the Community section.

I am interested in becoming a volunteer at The Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester. Who should I contact for more information?

To learn how you can become a volunteer at the Braman Institute or other areas within Sylvester, contact the Hospital Programs department at 305-243-3663 or visit the Volunteering section.

If you have other questions not addressed in this FAQ, visit the main Frequently Asked Questions section or call the Information Center at 305-243-1000 or 800-545-2292.

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