Multidisciplinary breast clinic (MBC)
The multi-disciplinary approach brings together the three key consultants involved in the treatment plan for breast cancer patients to jointly see the patient and review the case. This involves the input of an experienced breast surgeon, the medical oncologist who will administer systemic therapy, and the radiation therapist who may ultimately need to administer radiation. This approach has been shown to provide optimal management of breast cancer.
The diagnosis of breast cancer is also multi-disciplinary and involves experts in the fields of radiology and pathology. It requires the involvement of trained breast radiologist, who performs the mammogram, followed up with an ultrasound or MRI and then perform the image guided biopsy of the suspicious lesion. That biopsy is then reviewed by a trained breast pathologist to determine the diagnosis and the pathologic characteristic of the tumor. All these experts are present at AKUH, N and are involved in the weekly Multi-Disciplinary Breast Clinic.