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Making Breast Cancer Treatment a Little Easier

A diagnosis of breast cancer can be very frightening. The experienced team at Virginia Hospital Center's Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health does everything possible to reduce the stress and minimize the disruption that often comes with treatment. All of the medical specialties — breast surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology (chemotherapy), radiology and reconstructive surgery — and all the services needed to diagnose, treat and support breast cancer patients are conveniently located under one roof.

McLean native, breast surgeon Molly Sebastian, MD, FACS received her medical degree from The University of Virginia and completed a fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She has advanced training in oncoplastic surgery and breast imaging and is a member of the Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group .

Molly Sebastian, MD, FACS was named a Top Doctor by Washingtonian Magazine.

"Our team of experts gets together each week to discuss our patients," says breast surgeon Molly Sebastian, MD, FACS, Associate Medical Director of the Center for Breast Health.
When women face a breast cancer diagnosis, "it's a whirlwind, a flood of information," says Dr. Sebastian. "At the Center, it is the surgeon who coordinates their care, handling many of the tasks that can make patients feel overwhelmed. We literally make the appointments for biopsies, imaging, lab work and consultations our patients need."
The Center's participation in clinical research studies and its use of cutting-edge technology have a direct impact on patient care. Dr. Sebastian, who serves on the Education Committee of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, incorporates advances in research and new technology on an ongoing basis. Her practice changes every three to six months based on these new developments.

Dedicated breast medical oncologist Neelima Denduluri, MD has more than 15 years experience in breast cancer treatment and research. She serves on the Clinical Practice Guideline Committee for the American Society of Clinical Oncology. As a principal investigator for clinical trials, her research focuses not only on new drugs under development for breast cancer, but also on the short- and long-term side effects of breast cancer therapies. She regularly has her work presented at national meetings and collaborates with various institutions nationwide.

"Leading clinical research makes me a better doctor," Dr. Denduluri says. "I am able to bring the latest discoveries to my patients and provide state-of-the-art care close to home."

Virginia Hospital Center participated in a study on the benefits of using MarginProbe™ during lumpectomy in 600 patients.
This high-tech probe is used in the operating room to test the tissue margins to optimize the removal of the entire tumor. Presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons annual meeting this spring, the study ("The Impact of Use of an Intraoperative Margin Assessment Device on Re-excision Rates") concluded that MarginProbe reduced the rate of reoperation by 60%. Virginia Hospital Center has performed more procedures using MarginProbe than any other hospital in the area.

"With MarginProbe, we are sparing women the need for a second operation whenever possible," notes Dr. Sebastian.

Dr. Sebastian is a founding member of the Center for Breast Health, which recently was granted another three-year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

"We provide truly customized, personalized care for each patient by a team of experts that has been together for eight years," Dr. Sebastian says. "That level of expertise and coordination is unparalleled in Northern Virginia. It doesn't get any better than this."

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