June 10, 2023
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Dr. Michelle Azu Brings Breast Cancer Care To NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville

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Bronxville – NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center in Bronxville is designated an accredited breast center by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers for delivering the highest level of evidence-based care for patients with diseases of the breast. Dr. Michelle Azu, MD, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon at NYP Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, leads the charge to ensure that the Cancer Center’s breast surgery program offers exceptional quality-care standards.

The NYP Lawrence Cancer Center is the ideal setting for Dr. Azu to set quality care initiatives into action. “Here, under one roof, patients can receive the breast services they need with confidence, from screening and mammography to treatments that may include surgery, radiation and/or medical oncology, as well as rehabilitation, survivorship services and support,” she said. “Our dedication to quality care is quite palpable. You can actually feel the level of commitment that our clinicians have to each other and to our patients. The amount of enthusiasm we have for the work we’re doing is really quite special.”

Women living in Westchester and surrounding counties now have access to superior breast care close to home at the NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center in Bronxville.

Dr. Azu diagnoses and treats a full spectrum of breast disease, including breast cancer and benign breast conditions such as breast cysts and fibrocystic changes. “Recent advances in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer are enabling women to live longer and healthier lives,” said Dr. Azu. “The options for surgical management continue to evolve, allowing opportunities for less invasive surgeries in many cases.”

On November 21, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the launch of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital’s Cancer Center. The Cancer Center, a collaboration between Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence, provides a full range of personalized cancer services based on the latest medical research in a convenient Westchester location.

During the ribbon cutting event, NewYork-Presbyterian leaders gathered together to celebrate the Center’s launch and the improved access for patients in the region.

Staffed by leading specialists from ColumbiaDoctors and the NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group, the Cancer Center is committed to treating the whole person, not just the disease. The Cancer Center team believes in a multidisciplinary approach that is based on the latest advances and tailored to the characteristics of the individual cancer. Every aspect of a patient’s care is coordinated by a team of experts—many are also members of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center – one of only three National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in New York State.

The Center offers the latest techniques in breast procedures, including oncoplastic lumpectomy, skin sparing mastectomy, nipple-preserving mastectomy, sentinel node biopsy, and auxillary lymph node dissection, as well as surgery for recurrent disease. Treatment is offered in conjunction with breast imaging including digital mammography, sonography, and MRI, as well as needle biopsy under guidance of all three types of imaging.

We are also able to offer our high-risk patients prevention services including risk stratification (evaluation of evidence known to contribute to an individual’s breast cancer risk), genetic testing, genetic counseling, and risk-management such as intensive surveillance and prophylactic surgery.

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital is committed to delivering the best possible care for patients through a wide range of cancer prevention, screening, treatment, support and education programs. The Center for Advanced Surgery continues to grow with the addition of new surgeons and expertise. Please call us to learn more about surgical services at 914-787-4000 or visit nyp.org/lawrencecancer.

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