Health Chats
Innovations in surgical and non-surgical treatment for breast cancer
Tuesday Oct 06, 2009, 12:00PM - 01:00PM (EST)
Director of Breast Services, OB/GYN and Women’s Health Center
Cleveland Clinic
Breast Center, Cleveland, OH
While there are many surgical and non-surgical treatment options for breast cancer, it can be difficult to know which one to choose? Join Joseph Crowe, MD, for a live web chat and get the most up-to-date information on innovations in treatment for breast cancer from one of the nations top cancer programs.<br><br> The Cleveland Clinic Breast Center offers a multidisciplinary team of highly skilled specialists who provide comprehensive care to patients with breast cancer. Here, you will find a full array of services, from initial screening and diagnosis to innovative breast cancer treatment and supportive counseling.<br><br> Joseph Crowe, Jr., MD, is Director of the Breast Center at Cleveland Clinic and Director of Breast Services, Cleveland Clinic Health System and Ob/Gyn & Women's Health Institute. He is a board-certified surgeon with more than 25 years of experience in treating breast disease, and has a longstanding interest in the use of minimally invasive techniques for diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Crowe pioneered the development of nipple-sparing mastectomy and offers the most up-to-date surgical procedures including breast conservation techniques and immediate reconstruction options not widely available. <br><br> The focus on this Health Chat will be on innovations in breast cancer treatment.<br><br> This year 180,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 43,500 will die. Although these numbers may sound frightening, research reveals that the mortality rate could decrease by 30 percent if all women age 50 and older in need of a mammogram had one. Additionally, if detected early, breast cancer has a five-year survival rate of over 95 percent.<br><br> Breast cancer treatment is the number one priority of our physicians, through a full range of services from prevention, to detection, to surgical and non-surgical breast cancer treatment as well as breast reconstruction.
Thank you all for participating today and a BIG thank you to Dr. Crowe for all of the great answers!!  We are sorry we weren't able to answer all the questions, but Dr. Crowe has graciously agreed to respond to as many remaining questions as possible over the next few days.  Please check MedHelp's archive of health chats to see Dr. Crowe's answers!