- 250 New breast cancer cases treated per year
- 13 Breast multidisciplinarity team members
Clinical Director: Gracienne Staelens, MD
The breast unit of AZ Groeninge is made up of a specialized team of doctors and paramedics who closely cooperate: gynaecologists, oncologists, radiologists, radiotherapists, nuclear doctors, genetic counsellors, plastic surgeons, pathologists, nurses and clinical psychologists. Two specialized breast nurses offer the patients personalised support during the complete treatment.
The members of the breast unit gather on a weekly basis to discuss the patient files and to decide in mutual consultation on the best individual treatment, based on the most recent international guidelines and making use of the most modern techniques. The patient’s GP is invited to these meetings in order to ensure the follow-up outside the hospital. A common patient file ensures the coordination of the provided care.
The breast nurses offer personalised psychosocial support. They can accompany the patient and her family from the very first diagnosis till the fases after treatment including support before and after surgery. They provide information on the course of the treatment and on many administrative and practical issues such as prosthesis, wigs, etc.