We offer a full range of care options and new treatment methods for breast cancer cases that are not easy to treat with widely used methods.
Our Care Approach
Each week, a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, and various clinicians meets to review cases. Our care approach is based on working together as a team to give you personal care for your specific health issue.
Risk Factors and Prevention
- Care for high-risk patients
- Risk factors for breast cancer
- Genetic testing
- Steps to reduce risks of breast cancer
Types of Breast Cancer
- Ductal carcinoma in situ
- Lobular carcinoma in situ
- Invasive ductal breast cancer
- Invasive lobular breast cancer
- Inflammatory breast cancer
- Paget's disease of the breast
- Male breast cancer
Screening and Early Detection
Detecting and treating breast cancer early on can save lives and increases the chance of a woman having:
- More treatment options, including breast-conserving treatments
- A complete recovery
- A better outlook
Some women have a higher risk of getting breast cancer for reasons that can involve:
All adult women should do routine breast self-exams and tell their doctor of any symptoms of concern. Also, starting at a certain age — which can vary depending on individual risk — women are urged to obtain regular mammography screenings.
If cancer is suspected, a biopsy will be performed. This involves removing tissue and looking at it under a microscope for cancerous cells.
- Imaging tests: mammography, ultrasound, MRI
- Breast biopsy: needle-localized breast biopsy, stereotactic breast biopsy
Our comprehensive treatment program includes nutrition services and alternative therapy as well as minimally invasive surgery and chemotherapy.
Your treatment options depend on a number of things, including:
- Menopausal status
- General health
- Size of your breast
- Size and place of the tumor
- Stage of the cancer, based on tumor size and whether the cancer has spread
- Certain characteristics of the tumor, such as whether it depends on hormones to grow
Available treatment options include:
- Lumpectomy (segmental mastectomy or breast-sparing surgery)
- Sentinel (blue) lymph node biopsy
- Axillary lymph node dissection
- Skin-sparing mastectomy
- Nipple-sparing mastectomy
- Plastic and reconstructive surgery
Reconstructive Breast Surgery
Breast reconstruction (surgery to rebuild the shape of a breast) is often an option after mastectomy. Results from plastic surgery are better if a plastic surgeon is involved at the start of treatment.
Goals of Breast Reconstruction
Your overall goals of breast reconstruction may include:
- A positive self-image
- A sense of wellbeing
You and your plastic surgeon should identify the size and shape of the breast you want. Things to think over:
- What are your specific desires for breast shape and size?
- Are you comfortable with many procedures to reach your preferred result, or do you prefer a simple and short route?
The Uninvolved Breast
In most cases, only one breast is affected by cancer. The unaffected breast is vital because:
- It is the template for the reconstructed breast
- It may need to be removed as a preventive form of treatment (prophylactic mastectomy)
One of the goals of breast plastic surgery is symmetry. You should talk about the pros and cons of prophylactic mastectomy with your care team.
After a lumpectomy or mastectomy, you may go through common problems, including:
- Decreased ability to move the arm due to pain or tightness
- Mild weakness due to discomfort, and
- Swelling of the lower arm, or lymphedema, that sometimes happens after surgery to remove the lymph nodes; early treatment of this swelling will help reduce the amount of therapy you need and limit your discomfort and disruption of your daily life
Get more information about postsurgical therapy.