Comprehensive Breast Care Center - Aurora Sinai Medical Center
The Comprehensive Breast Care Program at Aurora Sinai Medical Center was founded in 1982 by William Donegan, MD, FACS. Today, the Breast Care Program, led by Dr. Judy Tjoe and supported by the Aurora Health Care System Breast Quality Committee, continues to cultivate his vision by providing seamless interdisciplinary care to those with benign and malignant breast disease. The Comprehensive Breast Care Program’s philosophy is deeply rooted in Dr. Tjoe's commitment to ensuring patients understand their treatment options before selecting the best course for them.
Aurora Sinai provides the full spectrum of breast cancer management, a tremendous strength to the Breast Program. Within 48 hours of her desired appointment time, a newly diagnosed patient meets with clinicians from every discipline. Women's imaging, medical oncology, radiation oncology, plastic surgery, pathology, genetic counseling, nutrition, psychological counseling, clinical trials, tumor registry, outpatient surgery, inpatient surgery and physical therapy rehabilitation are all available within the same campus. Financial aid counselors and social workers are also available to help patients apply for financial assistance and physical support.
The dedication of this multidisciplinary team of clinicians and staff is evidenced by their impressive patient survival trends. Aurora Sinai’s survival trends continue to remain higher than the national average. This achievement is further notable since Aurora Sinai largely serves un- or under-insured patients who typically present with advanced stages of disease. The Breast Program’s reputation is not only recognized locally, but also among a growing number of patients from across the country and world.
In 2011, the Comprehensive Breast Care Program introduced Team Phoenix, an innovative physician directed sprint triathlon training program for breast cancer patients and survivors. The goal of the program is to help breast cancer patients and survivors be physically fit and foster the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors. This not only counters many cancer treatment side effects, but ultimately empowers them to take control of their health.
The success of the Breast Care Program is attributed to dedication to providing the best breast care possible through a team approach. The Aurora Sinai Comprehensive Breast Care Fund, an endowment for the enhancement of patient care, continues to be generously supported by donors – further establishing the program’s reputation.