Jennifer Steiman, MD, and Andrew Laman, MD, have made it their mission to provide patients in the South Hills of Pittsburgh more options for breast cancer care with the launch of a comprehensive breast cancer clinic at the UPMC Outpatient Center on Clairton Boulevard in West Mifflin.
“If you live in one of the communities south of Pittsburgh, you may worry about driving into the city and visiting different facilities in order to get the care you need, which can take up a lot of time,” says Dr. Steiman, a breast cancer surgeon at Magee-Womens Surgical Associates. “That’s why we created this clinic at the UPMC Outpatient Center. We wanted to offer a one-stop shop for breast cancer care.”
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The clinic, led by Dr. Laman and Dr. Steiman, is open Tuesday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. “The care that patients receive at the clinic is exceptional,” says Dr. Steiman. “Many of us working here might be at another hospital or facility during other parts of the day or week, but we bring the same level of top-notch care right to the center.”
A breast cancer diagnosis can feel overwhelming, along with the numerous appointments at different locations and on different days that follow. “The benefit of our center is that a patient receives a broad spectrum of care, from imaging to pre-operative testing, outpatient surgery to medical oncology, and recovery — all in one convenient place,” says Dr. Laman, a hematologist and oncologist at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. The clinic offers:
- Screening mammograms
- Diagnostic mammograms
- Breast ultrasound
- Breast MRI
- Needle biopsy
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy
At the clinic, patients benefit from the expertise of UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital services and doctors — right in their neighborhood. Our breast imaging experts read all breast imaging results while our breast pathology experts evaluate a patient’s biopsy and lumpectomy/mastectomy pathology readings at the hospital.
In addition to top-notch medical expertise, the clinic houses state-of-the-art equipment, expanding the possibilities of patient care at an outpatient facility. “Patients can go to the clinic for their annual mammography screening, a biopsy, lumpectomy, or even mastectomy,” says Dr. Steiman. “We have the newest breast MRI and CT scan machines, enabling us to capture better pictures and provide advanced care.”
Unlike a 2D mammogram, where it would only display four pictures total, 3D digital mammography shows anywhere from 9 to 20 images of each breast. These images are then combined so a radiologist can identify if there are any areas of concern. “By using 2D and 3D imaging together, we can more precisely diagnose and care for our patients,” says Dr. Laman.
The UPMC Outpatient Center is conveniently located nearby Route 51 and boasts plenty of free parking. Shorter wait times for an appointment mean patients can get the care they need, when they need it. “The smaller time window for getting an appointment can also shorten the diagnosis time,” says Dr. Steiman. “The earlier we detect breast cancer, the sooner we can get started treating it with more options.”
Schedule an appointment online at the breast cancer care clinic, located inside the UPMC Outpatient Center at 275 Clairton Boulevard in West Mifflin.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published on , and was last reviewed on .
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About UPMC Magee-Womens
Built upon our flagship, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, and its century-plus history of providing high-quality medical care for people at all stages of life, UPMC Magee-Womens is nationally renowned for its outstanding care for women and their families.
Our Magee-Womens network – from women’s imaging centers and specialty care to outpatient and hospital-based services – provides care throughout Pennsylvania, so the help you need is always close to home. More than 25,000 babies are born at our network hospitals each year, with 10,000 of those babies born at UPMC Magee in Pittsburgh, home to one of the largest NICUs in the country. The Department of Health and Human Services recognizes Magee in Pittsburgh as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health; U.S. News & World Report ranks Magee nationally in gynecology. The Magee-Womens Research Institute was the first and is the largest research institute in the U.S. devoted exclusively to women’s health and reproductive biology, with locations in Pittsburgh and Erie.