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Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre

Unit Profiles in the Gerald P. Turner Department of Nursing

The Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre, located on the 12th level, is an outpatient facility specializing in all aspects of breast health and breast care. About 33,000 women are seen annually at the Centre, and routine mammographic screening is offered to women referred from their physicians.

Treatment for women diagnosed with breast cancer is coordinated at the outset by the centre's multidisciplinary team specializing in oncology. Weekly, a group of 25-30 clinicians and trainees meet to review clinical information, imaging studies and pathology on all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Known as the Tumour Board, this group optimizes medical treatment by ensuring that multiple physicians have input into each patient's care. The Board reviews each case and makes recommendations on the course of treatments. These recommendations are communicated to each patient by their treating physician.

The centre also offers complementary programs such as Yoga and Therapeutic Touch for women with breast cancer. It also offers the Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary Breast Health Program for women without a personal history of breast cancer and the Taking Charge Program – a health promotion program for women after breast cancer.