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About the Breast Centre

At the end of 2016, the Clinique des Grangettes created the first private centre for the treatment of breast cancer in Geneva in a partnership with doctors from the city. This facility offers high-level expertise and comprehensive, high-quality care through a multidisciplinary team dedicated to its patients.

The Clinique des Grangettes, working with independent specialists from the Canton of Geneva, has set up a Breast Centre aiming to offer personalized support to every woman in need of breast cancer treatment.

The facility is divided into two centres: one located within the clinic, and the other in the city bringing together independent city doctors. For Dr. Sindy Monnier, gynaecologist, specialist in breast surgery and director of the Grangettes centre: “Medicine has become so specialized that connecting skills of all disciplines for the benefit of patients is now essential.”
In fact, the Breast Centre team consists of breast specialists, radiologists, oncologists, radiation therapists, plastic surgeons, pathologists, geneticists, nuclear medicine experts, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians and psychologists.

Each of them participates in one or other in the stages of medical management: diagnosis, surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy treatment and follow-up. The weekly Multidisciplinary Consultation meetings (MDC) are the place where, for each case, anonymously and throughout the therapeutic process, discussions are taken by thirty experts from all disciplines. This makes it possible to devise optimal treatment that is in line with international recommendations.

Today, some 250 patients per year already benefit from the Breast Centre’s expertise. This figure is important because it highlights the experience gained by all the members of the team, especially surgeons, the diversity of situations encountered by specialists and their ability to adapt to each one in a specific way.
Continuous discussions between all the physicians remains the rule regardless of the matter in question.

A referring nurse also allows all patients to receive individual follow-up. They are positioned as a contact person capable of not only helping the people concerned in the medical field, but also supporting them when necessary at different levels - personal, social or psychological. The referring nurse listens, supports and informs before, during and after treatments. In this way, over time, all the questions that can arise are answered. “If a patient tells the referring nurse that she is feeling demoralised or that she is encountering family difficulties, the nurse can refer her to services that can help her,” says Dr. Sindy Monnier. In addition to a team that makes patients the focus of all care, the Breast Centre also has the latest technical platforms in imaging, operating rooms and radiotherapy.

One phone number and same-day diagnosis

A unique telephone number was set up by the Breast Centre to inform patients and doctors: 
0800 33 11 00
The goal? All women who detect a breast lesion or suspect a tumour and do not have a family physician or gynaecologist can call to receive a quick appointment within five days for a diagnosis. This is ensured within one day. The Geneva Breast Centre performs a precise evaluation of abnormal mammograms – with a biopsy if necessary – and a diagnosis in a single day thanks to a system of care provided by the medical team.

Breast cancer in numbers

Breast cancer is the most frequent form of invasive cancer in women in Switzerland: on average, some 6,000 cases per year are detected according to the figures (2009-2013) from the Geneva Tumour Register and the National Institute for Epidemiology and Registration of Cancer (NICER). Therefore, slightly more than 30% of all forms of cancer in women affect the breast. In terms of mortality, statistics show that just under 20% of all women who die as a result of cancer have breast cancer. In the Canton of Geneva, the most recent data (2010-2014) indicates that approximately 400 cases of breast cancer are discovered each year.