Services We Offer
- Breast biopsy
- Breast cancer surgery
- Hormone therapy
- Nurse navigation (care coordination)
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Breast reconstruction
If your mammogram or other diagnostic testing shows a high likelihood of breast cancer, your doctor will order a biopsy. During a biopsy, a surgeon removes a small amount of breast tissue that will be tested for cancer cells. Mercy Health offers two types of biopsies:
- Needle biopsy – also known as a core needle biopsy or stereotactic breast biopsy. A needle biopsy is an outpatient procedure during which a doctor uses stereotactic (3D) mammography, ultrasound or CT scan to guide a needle through your skin to the suspicious breast lump. They collect a sample through the needle and send it a laboratory for testing.
- Surgical biopsy – during a surgical biopsy, a surgeon cuts into the suspicious breast tissue to get a sample, which will then be tested in a laboratory for cancer. Many of our breast surgeons offer minimally-invasive surgery options
Breast Cancer Surgery
Surgery is the most common form of treatment for breast cancer. The two most common surgery types are:
- Lumpectomy surgery – also known as a breast-conserving surgery. In a lumpectomy, a surgeon removes the cancerous tumor and surrounding tissue from your breast. If a lumpectomy is performed, it is almost always combined with radiation therapy.
- Mastectomy – a mastectomy is a surgery to remove of one or both of your breasts.
Chemotherapy is a drug or combination of drugs that attacks and kills cancer cells. Chemotherapy is usually given intravenously (through your veins) or by mouth. It is usually, but not always, given after surgery and before radiation therapy. It is used to prevent any cancer cell that may have traveled outside of the breast from growing.
Radiation therapy uses targeted, high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells that may linger after surgery. Radiation is painless, relatively easy to tolerate and lasts only a few minutes at a time. Not all women with breast cancer need radiation. It depends on the type of breast cancer, the type of surgery and whether the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes or other areas of your body.
About 60% of breast cancers respond to or grow with estrogen/progesterone normally produced by the body. These breast cancers are said to be estrogen/progesterone positive. Hormone therapy, also known as hormonal therapy, hormone treatment or endocrine therapy, is very effective against these types of breast cancers. They work by blocking the effects of the hormones that promote tumor growth.
Our nurse navigators, also called care coordinators, are champions for you and your family throughout your entire cancer care experience. Nurse navigators help ensure you are able to keep appointments, follow your treatment plan and the support services you need to recover and be well.
Rehabilitation and Therapy
Mercy Health’s rehabilitation and therapy services provide targeted programs to treat lymphedema (swelling) and shoulder issues, including range of motion and pain, which can result from surgery and/or chemotherapy.
Breast reconstruction is a surgery that restores the look and feel of your breast(s) after mastectomy.
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