Your Care Team
Edith Smith, MSN, NP

Nurse Practitioner, Surgical Oncology
Building 56, Rt. 81, Cub 246B

Edie Smith, NP has a Master of Science degree in Nursing and has been a Nurse Practitioner for 18 years. She has a broad background in general women's health care as well as extensive knowledge in the management of menopause. She is active in educating Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwifery students for the past several years and has held faculty positions in the Master of Science in Nursing programs at USC, CSU Fullerton, and the University of Phoenix.


Research Profile

1. What is your breast cancer specialty?

High-risk breast cancer risk assessment

2. Why is this an important part of breast cancer care?

Many women would benefit from the High Risk Program as it assesses and educates women in the areas of risk assessment, genetics, nutrition, exercise, surveillance techniques, and a variety of options for risk reduction.

3. How is this different then what might be offered in the community (outside of UC Irvine )?

Many hospitals and medical centers offer breast cancer treatment, but few provide long term comprehensive high risk assessment and management. UC Irvine is one of the few Comprehensive Breast Centers to offer a high risk program that encompasses all of the components necessary to truly provide comprehensive care. UC Irvine uses a multidisciplinary team approach and incorporates cutting edge research. As breast cancer prevention research is ongoing and continually being updated, women in the High Risk Program have access to the latest information and have the opportunity to enroll in clinical trials conducted at UC Irvine.

4. What will my (the patient) experience be like?

A personalized comprehensive risk assessment initial visit including complete history, clinical breast examination, diagnostic tests ordered as needed, breast cancer risk assessment with recommendations, genetic evaluation, nutritional assessment, exercise recommendations, referrals to additional specialists as needed, and patient education. Follow-up visits are tailored according to the patients needs. Most patients will be seen on an every 6 month basis.

5. What current studies, or novel options within your specialty are currently available?

Breast MRI, Tamoxifen (hormone therapy) to decrease risk, other risk reduction options such as prophylactic surgery, genetic counseling and testing, and patient education in the areas of breast self examination, stress reduction, weight management, exercise, and menopausal symptom management.

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