Division of Breast and Melanoma Surgery
At the University of Virginia, we have a strong interest in treating patients with melanoma in a multi-disciplinary fashion involving the Departments and Divisions of Surgery, Medical Oncology, Dermatology, and Surgical Pathology. These specialties are represented at our weekly educational conferences where patients are reviewed prospectively to develop treatment plans based on reviews of the histologic sections from their surgery and based on their clinical presentation and response to standard and experimental treatment protocols.
The Department of Surgery’s breast cancer program partners with specialists across the continuum of care to provide world-class treatment for patients throughout the Commonwealth. Our experienced breast surgeons specialize exclusively in breast cancer procedures. Meaning that our collective expertise provides patients with the knowledge and tools to successfully combat all stages of breast cancer. The comprehensive array of surgical procedures we perform – including Breast Conserving Surgery, Axillary Surgery, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Lumpectomy, Mastectomy, and Intra-operative radiation therapy – allows our team to identify and carry out the most effective treatments in our state of the art facilities.
The University of Virginia Breast Center is part of a multi-disciplinary breast program composed of national recognized experts at the University of Virginia who specialize in the treatment of breast cancer. All patients treated at our institution will benefit from the presentation of their case at our weekly multi-disciplinary breast cancer conference. During this weekly conference the care of every breast cancer patient treated at UVA is discussed in detail both before and after surgery. All patient information is reviewed including history, mammograms, ultrasounds, MRI’s, pathology slides, cosmetic, plastic surgical, and social concerns. Our approach assures the best possible outcomes for all patients as it allows for close coordination between the many treating physicians of each patient’s individualized care. All aspects of every patient’s case are reviewed by our specialized physicians and agreed upon including: specific diagnosis, pre-operative evaluation, surgical planning, post-operative care, review of surgical pathology specimens, determination of the need for chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and management of long-term follow-up.
For more information on our services please visit the UVA Breast Program Website