The Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Celebration Health is a premier multidisciplinary center providing the full range of breast cancer treatment from early stage diagnosis to a unique brand of follow-up care and from rapid treatment plans to much higher-than-average completion rates for radiation therapy.
The profound success of the program, coordinated by Olga Ivanov, MD, FACS, relies on an multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment, coupled with proper follow-up care. Upon diagnosis, Dr. Ivanov enables a rapid implementation of treatment decisions for patients. On average, a 24 - 48 hour turnaround time is established for completed treatment plans and essential procedures. It is this type of approach that significantly affects outcomes.
"I've always thought being a doctor would allow me to make the most tangible difference, one person at a time," said Dr. Ivanov. Breast surgery, in particular, appealed to her because it allowed her to offer so much hope and reassurance to her patients.
"Breast cancer has an extremely high survival rate with an excellent chance for a high quality of life," said Dr. Ivanov. "While sometimes it can be challenging, my goal is to help my patients understand that they will be okay even after a cancer diagnosis."
- Consultation & Clinical Exam
- Abnormal Mammogram Evaluation and Management
- Breast Surgery
- Ultrasound and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
- High-risk Management
- Benign & Malignant Breast Disorders
- Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI)
Olga Ivanov, MD, FACS, is a board certified and fellowship-trained breast surgeon. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio, completed her residency in general surgery at Loyola and, in 2005, completed her fellowship training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She brings her innovative breast care program to Celebration Health from Chicago, Illinois, where she served as Medical Director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital.
She is truly innovative in her approach to treating breast cancer as she was the first in the country to offer Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT). This therapy was part of a research study directed by Dr. Ivanov and her previous colleague, Adam Dickler, MD, that concluded in 2009. The results of this research were published in Annals of Surgical Oncology in February 2011. Dr Ivanov continues to participate in clinical trials. If you are interested in learning more about clinical trials, contact our care coordinator at (407) 303-4476 or visit the Florida Hospital Cancer Clinical Trials website.
"With IORT, we radiate the area around the lump after removing it, but before closing the incision," Dr. Ivanov explains. "It gives women the same effective dose of radiation in one 20-minute session as they would get in six weeks of daily radiation therapy after surgery."
Another advanced approach to fighting breast cancer employed by Dr. Ivanov is Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI). APBI involves only treating the area of the tumor and a small rim of normal breast tissue around it, rather than the whole breast. It also shortens the treatment time from approximately 6 weeks to 1-5 days. The goal is to use a less invasive, more precise treatment without compromising outcomes.
With unique approaches such as APBI, Dr. Ivanov's completion rate for radiation therapy is 95%, much higher than the national average of 50%.
Recent recognitions include:
- 2010 Patient's Choice Award as one of Illinois' Favorite Physicians
- 2010 Consumers' Research Council of America's Top Surgeons
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Nicole Centers, RN, OCN, CBCN, CN-BN, Clinical Care Coordinator at (407) 303-4476.