Doctors highlight the key role of identifying family cancer history and using risk assessment models early for prevention to help strengthen oncology care for patients in the region, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of the Mubadala network of healthcare providers, has launched a dedicated Breast Health Clinic.
The facility offers targeted diagnostic testing, genetic counseling, innovative therapies and treatments, as well as reconstruction specialists and disease-specific experts to address all breast health issues in one location and in the shortest time possible.
By working collaboratively with other primary healthcare providers in the country, the Breast Health Clinic’s multidisciplinary approach will promote awareness and early diagnosis of the disease and provide the best therapeutic and surgical treatment options for patients.
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“Our Breast Health Clinic provides coordinated care for patients who are suspected of having breast cancer or who are at a high risk, with an approach that will lead to safer, reliable and more timely results. At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, we want to make a patient’s visit to the hospital as meaningful as possible by anticipating their needs,” says Dr. Stephen R. Grobmyer, Chair of the Oncology Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
“Once they are referred to our team by their primary care physician, based on our initial review of the case and prior records, a patient can see a breast imager, genetic counselor, surgeon and medical oncologist usually all in the same day, who will work together to draw up and action a personalized treatment plan. We have also established a dedicated breast cancer tumor board so that the team can gather regularly to discuss complex cases and best possible treatments.”
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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the UAE according to the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi. In October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the clinic is encouraging women to be aware of risk factors, such as family history, breast density, genetic mutation and reproductive factors. Therefore, the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi recommends that all women have a screening mammogram every two years from the age of 40, and earlier if they have a family history of cancer.
“Patients who have a family history of early onset of the disease should typically start screening ten years earlier than the earliest onset of cancer in their family. An annual exam by their primary care doctor or gynecologist is always recommended,” says Dr. Grobmyer.