Everyday I strive to give my patients the best care available. To me, that means giving them the information they want in a way that makes sense to them; finding treatments that are effective and yet have little toxicity; and organizing care so that they have the fewest invasive procedures, and the least amount of hassle and emotional havoc. These are challenges requiring a complicated synthesis of clinical science, creative problem solving and supportive outreach.
Many of you have asked me how to help support the work being carried out at the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center. Support is most critical in the following three categories:
Investigator initiated trials. Many research projects, including new imaging studies, novel therapeutics, and personal support and life style interventions, are in active development or are launching clinical initiatives this year.
Information management and systems development. In order to provide our patients with timely and helpful testing, risk, and treatment information on their specific cases, we must gather data in effective and efficient ways. We are creating systems to allow us a greater breadth of information for our patients and staff.
Comprehensive services environment. Our goal is to consider the unique needs of the individual patient by offering comprehensive, non-medical services that managed care does not. Some of these services include risk management, decision-making skills, nutritional guidance, educational materials and psychological counseling.
We welcome your support! You can make a gift online by visiting the UCSF Make A Gift website and pressing the "Choose a designation" button (shown here). For further information you may also contact Jody Frederickson at (415) 815-8658 .
We are very grateful for your interest in our program.
Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA
Director, UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center