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The Comprehensive Breast Center

The Comprehensive Breast Center

Treatment for breast cancer at MidHudson Regional Hospital begins with an initial assessment, including evaluation of risk based on personal factors such as prior biopsy history, hormonal factors, and family history. If found to have a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, our board certified genetic counselor is available to address concerns. Our physician can advise on risk reduction approaches. You may be offered regular follow-up in our high-risk clinic.

Early Diagnosis Is Key

  • Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment give you the best opportunity for cure.
  • Clinical breast exam by surgeons with breast cancer expertise.
  • Imaging technology includes mammography read by our board certified radiologists and compared with available previous mammograms.  Your mammogram will be screened by advanced computer technology called the ICAD image checking system. This device assists the radiologist in improved detection of early cancers.
  • Your physician will be contacted with the results.
  • You may be asked to return for additional views or an ultrasound.  This is not a reason for alarm since most findings are ultimately proven to be benign.  Nationally, requests for additional views are 11%.
  • Breast ultrasound will help determine if you have a cyst or other benign condition.
  • Breast MRI can help find cancers not seen on mammogram or ultrasound.
  • Image guided core needle biopsy is used to make a diagnosis and allow for treatment planning before surgery. 
  • Once a cancer is diagnosed, your doctors will work together to determine the stage or extent of disease. Accurate staging permits your doctors to recommend the most appropriate treatment choices to you.

All newly-diagnosed breast cancer cases are presented to a weekly medical conference for treatment planning by a panel of board-certified medical specialists. Those present include medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, as well as oncology nurses and a genetic counselor.

Commitment to Clinical Research Trials

The Redl Center for Cancer Care is an accredited member of the Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU), a federally-funded service of the National Cancer Institute program that allows our patients to participate in nationwide cancer research trials.

For patients requiring surgery, the surgical oncologists at the Redl Center for Cancer Care are able to perform several minimally-invasive procedures, including:
  • Lumpectomy with radiation, rather than mastectomy, allows the woman with breast cancer to save her breast in 70% of cases, with survival rates equally high in both treatments.
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy reduces the number of lymph nodes removed from the underarm, with equally accurate results.
  • Treating the tumor with chemotherapy or antihormone medication prior to surgery improves breast conservation rates.

Patient Navigation

Our nurse navigator guides patients and families from diagnosis to treatment to ensure that everything is explained and accomplished in a timely fashion.  The navigator can answer any questions you may have and connect you with needed support services available.

Infusion Center

The Comprehensive Breast Center provides infusion services when ordered by your physician.  An experienced, certified infusion nurse will guide you through your chemotherapy regimen and assist you throughout treatment.

Additional Services

Our philosophy is to address physical, psychological, spiritual and educational needs. 

  • We offer breast cancer support groups, run by experienced social workers.
  • Registered dieticians are available on staff to provide consultation and education to you as you undergo breast cancer treatment.
  • Pastoral care representatives are available to address spiritual needs of our patients.
  • “Look Good, Feel Better” and “I Can Cope” programs provide education and address side effects of cancer treatment and enhance self-esteem.
  • Free exercise classes with a certified cancer exercise specialist.
  • Free restorative yoga classes for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Maratelle, a cosmetic and prosthetic shop, is located within the Redl Center.  They will assist the individual with breast cancer to enhance their self-esteem through use of needed prosthetic including aids for lymphedema and bathing suits. 
  • We provide several breast cancer screenings at designated times throughout the year.  The hospital works with Dutchess and Ulster County Healthy Living Partnership to provide services to women who are uninsured.
Frisenda, Robert
Breast Surgery
Surgical Oncology
Pellegrino, Christine M.
Hematology
Oncology
Weinstein, Zoe
Breast Surgery
General Surgery