First Steps After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

When a breast cancer patient is first diagnosed, there are a few steps they should take, such as find a qualified multidisciplinary team. Watch this video for other necessary steps after a breast cancer diagnosis.

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Jay K. Harness, M.D.: It’s really important with a new breast cancer diagnosis that you be in the hands of a multidisciplinary team of people who are used to working together. This includes a breast surgeon, a medical oncologist, a radiation oncologist, hopefully that team has a very experienced pathologist working with it, also members of the team including genetic counselors, social workers, research people, etc.

The treatment of breast cancer is multidisciplinary. The specialists need to be communicating with each other. Your case should be presented to, hopefully, a weekly conference where the nuances of your case are discussed, and the bottom line is that hopefully, what’s being created is an individualized treatment plan. That’s where the modern treatment of breast cancer is today. Please follow that pathway when you are newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Dr. Jay K. Harness is a board certified surgeon currently treating patients at St. Joesph Hospital in Orange, CA. Dr. Harness specializes in complete breast health, breast cancer surgery, oncoplastic reconstruction, genetic screening, management of breast health issues, risk assessment and counseling. Dr. Harness is the medical director for Breast Cancer Answers.com, and guides this first ever social media show’s information by drawing on his former leadership experience as the President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1969 and spent time early on in his career at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

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