Medical oncology for breast cancer

Overview

A medical oncologist is a physician specializing in the treatment of cancer who provides comprehensive care throughout a patient's journey with cancer. He or she handles treatments aimed at destroying cancer cells, such as chemotherapy, hormones and biologic agents. An oncologist also manages the physical symptoms of cancer and the side effects from cancer treatments. While patients undergo cancer treatment, a multidisciplinary team of highly trained medical professionals at the Vanderbilt Breast Center will be working to make sure they receive the best care possible.

What to Expect

At the Vanderbilt Breast Center, all medical oncologists specialize in breast cancer. Our team of case coordinators make sure that new patients have their records, films and pathology reports reviewed prior to their first appointment. Once a breast cancer diagnosis is made, our medical oncologists explain the cancer diagnosis and meaning of the disease stage to the patient. They also discuss treatment options and provide care to improve quality of life.

Why Choose Medical Oncology at Vanderbilt

  • Recognized care

    We are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This means our institution is held to the highest standards of care for patients with breast disease. The Vanderbilt Breast Center is affiliated with Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, which is designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, the highest ranking by the world’s leading authority on cancer. The Vanderbilt Breast Center is recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. This designation is considered the gold standard in medical imaging.

  • Team approach

    If you have a cancer diagnosis, our medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologist, radiologists, plastic surgeons, oncology nurses and genetic counselors combine their expertise to create a personalized care plan that is right for you. We tailor your care based on your current health, preferences and tests.

  • Molecular tumor board

    We offer expert consultations on select oncology cases for patients with next-generation DNA sequencing results (somatic or germline) who are being treated at Vanderbilt and elsewhere. Physicians may submit cases for review using our secure online form.

  • Innovation

    Our researchers not only apply the latest research in breast care, but also pioneer some of the latest innovations. At Vanderbilt, our researchers are participants in the Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in Breast Cancer. This program is one of only five in the country and focuses on innovative research for better screening, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. 

  • Cancer clinical trials

    As a leading cancer research center, we offer the latest approaches being studied in clinical trials. When you take part in a cancer clinical trial, you have the chance to help improve treatment for others, while also receiving expert care from our experienced doctors and research nurses. Find a clinical trial at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

  • One convenient location

    Our specialists offer all medical and support services in one place. This means many of your services can be scheduled on the same day. With comprehensive care from imaging to private infusion rooms in one location, you can focus on improving your health.