You mentioned that the Center is open to everyone, and that you have yet to turn a patient away. How do you keep such an open-door policy?
I am devoted to all patients’ physical and emotional health, regardless of their income. As of this month, there have been over 190,000 patient visits to the Center – and over 50% of those visitors are on Medicare or Medicaid. We rely on philanthropy to provide care to everyone.
You mentioned that you currently have 21 open clinical trials. Can you tell us about some of your learnings?
We are fully engaged in clinical research and recently published the first study to show that mammograms save lives and lower the likelihood of needing aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy and mastectomy.
Is there a story from your time since opening the Dubin Breast Center that continues to make an impact?
A young woman was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was only 23. She was scared, alone, and many miles from home. But this woman was strong and determined to be brave. She had a very aggressive treatment regimen which included a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation.
Today this woman is cancer-free. When we honored her at an event recently, she told the audience, “Thank you for fulfilling each and every need, even the ones I didn’t know I would have. Thank you for curing me and doing it with such compassion and dedication. This will sound weird, but it has been a true pleasure being a patient at your Center!”
What are your goals for the Dubin Breast Center for the future? Are there plans for expansion?
The progress that has been made in breast cancer over the past 25 years is remarkable.
With this, comes a growing demand for services and increased access at the Center.We have plans to expand in multiple ways including: renovating our infusion space, expanding breast imaging hours, and combining the resources of our high-risk surveillance program, database, and access to screening studies to identify those who are at risk for harboring a gene marker or mutation.