At our Group Florence Nightingale
Hospitals Breast Health Center has been serving since established in 1992.
Under the coordination of Vahit Özmen, breast cancer and breast diseases are
treated in the light of medical developments with a specialist doctors team.
Our center, performs the
diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the breast such as
cysts, infections, tumors and cancer.
activities are performed in scientific communication with modern reference
centers around the world. Our specialist doctors working in our center, work in
scientific coordination with; AAMC Breast Center Breast Center, the Breast
Health Global Initiative, the Senologic International Society, World Society of
Breast Health, Turkey Breast Diseases Association Federation and Turkey's first
fixed breast health screening center which founded the Breast Health
Association. At our Breast Health Center, early diagnosis and effective
treatment are be provided with advanced devices.
Team Work in Breast Cancer
Nowadays, a multidisciplinary approach is of great
importance in the stages of prevention, scanning, diagnosis, treatment,
support and follow-up to protect breast health, prevent and treat breast
cancer. The field of breast health requires doctors who are experts in
different branches of medicine to work in communication. In our center; with
the disciplines of breast surgery, plastic and reconstructive breast surgery,
breast radiology, breast pathology, post-breast surgery physical therapy,
medical oncology and radiation oncology, our competent specialists serve in
this field. Our multidisciplinary approach to working minimizes patient worry.
Breast is saved in 3 out of 4 patients with breast
In our center; breast saving surgery is applied since
its establishment in 1992, sentinel lymph node biopsies after 1996, and for the
past 10 years oncoplastic breast surgery has been applied.
Breast Health Center, it is primarily aimed to save the breast in the
operations performed in the light of the latest scientific developments. All
techniques required to save of the breast, which is a sociopsychologically
important organ for our patients, methods such as
"lymphoscintigraphy" or "methylene blue" procerdure,
sentinel lymph node sampling and "segmental mastectomy" are used. In
our center, the rate of patients who undergo breast-conserving surgery reaches
75%. This shows that in three out of four patients, the breast can be saved.
Oncoplastic breast surgery procedures are performed
In the surgical treatment of breast cancer, while
preserving the basic principles of oncology, an aesthetically pleasing
appearance should be achieved. When treating the cancerous breast, it is
important to examine the other breast, and to provide symmetry with
augmentation or reduction.
Modern radiological imaging is used
In our center; digital mammography (MMG),
ultrasonography (USG), color doppler ultrasonography (RDUS), elastography, 1.5
and 3.0 T magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, PET-MRI and PET- to make the most
accurate diagnosis and correct staging without impairing the quality of life of
our patients. CT devices are available. In addition, mammography and biopsy
(BPX) biopsy is performed with USG.
Sentinel lymph node removal procedure is performed in
If there is no enlargement in the axillary lymph
nodes during the examination of the patient diagnosed with breast cancer, a
procedure that requires experience is applied to these patients. In this
procedure called "guard lymph node biopsy", it is aimed to find and
remove the lymph nodes or glands that the lymph channels from the tumor in the
breast reach first in the armpit, and to evaluate them during surgery. If there
are no cancer cells in the lymph node, it is decided that the disease has not
reached the armpit and other lymph nodes are not removed. Otherwise, if there
are cancer cells in the removed lymph node, the other lymph nodes are also
removed at the same time.
Fighting against lymphedema in breast cancer
Our physical rehabilitation team offers appropriate
program options to combat the limitation of shoulder movements following
surgery and the fight against lymphedema developing in the arm.