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Breast cancer affects nearly 180,000 American women each year. But with education and screenings, we can detect breast cancer early, when it is most treatable. And, if needed, we offer some of the newest and most advanced treatments now available. Our Breast Care Centers feature a multidisciplinary team of physicians on the medical staff, nurses, technicians, counselors and educators dedicated to the prevention, care and follow-up of breast conditions. Combined with the latest advancements in medical technology, our Breast Care Centers offer many options in the treatment of breast health issues — all in one convenient, spa-like location designed with your comfort in mind. With effective and efficient transitions of care between symptoms and treatment, our Breast Care Centers ease your entire treatment process and provide you with peace of mind. Our Breast Care Centers offer the following services:
- Yearly Mammograms
- Breast Ultrasound
- Breast MRI
- Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy
- Advanced Stereotactic Capabilities
- Breast Cancer Treatment
- Breast Cancer Navigators
- Genetic BRCA Testing
- …and many more
A mammogram is a safe, low-dose X-ray that can detect irregularities in the breast, sometimes even before you or your doctor can feel a lump. At our breast care centers, our digital mammography systems offer the best opportunity for early diagnosis of breast cancer. This sophisticated imaging technology enables doctors to view high quality breast images on a computer screen, and magnify and enhance any areas of concern for more accurate readings. Our advanced mammography systems are also designed to improve your comfort while shortening your exam time. The risk of breast cancer increases sharply with age. You can increase your chances for early detection of breast cancer by adhering to “the five commandments” of good breast health:
1) Perform a breast self-exam every month.
2) Have a clinical breast exam conducted by a healthcare professional every year.
3) If warning signs appear, such as pain, a lump you can feel, or nipple discharge, see your doctor immediately.
4) Talk with your doctor about ways to reduce your risk.
5) Set a schedule of regular, yearly mammograms. Most doctors recommend that you begin having yearly mammograms at age 40.
A breast ultrasound is a harmless and non-invasive way for a specialist to view breast tissues. This type of technology is often used to see breast tissue near the chest wall, confirm or deny abnormal results from a mammogram, and help guide a needle during a breast biopsy. For women with dense breast tissue, mammograms can sometimes be difficult to interpret – even for a trained professional. After all, the average size of breast cancer discovered by this screening ultrasound is less than a half-inch thick. That’s why we use SonoCiné®, an automated whole breast ultrasound. Our Breast Care Centers are able to offer real value to the women we care for.
A breast MRI is a common imaging test that lasts approximately 60 minutes start to finish. The MRI allows the technologist to get a 3-D view of a suspicious lump or mass, or investigate the integrity of your breast implants. Our breast MRI uses a dedicated breast coil, which allows the team to fine-tune the settings for each breast on every patient. The result is a more accurate, high-resolution image.
Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy
If a radiologist notices an abnormality in your mammogram, then a minimally invasive breast biopsy, which removes a small tissue sample, can help confirm or deny the presence of cancer without the need for surgery. Your radiologist will use advanced targeting and image guided technology to remove a sample. A very small incision and local anesthesia is all that’s necessary for this biopsy.
Advanced Stereotactic Capabilities
If your mammogram detects an abnormality, we can conduct a biopsy, which is where a small tissue sample is taken to determine if cancer is present. Though the majority of biopsies find no cancer, this minimally invasive procedure is the best way to be sure. Using advanced targeting and guidance technology, this procedure can be performed with pinpoint accuracy. It requires only a small incision and local anesthesia.
Breast Cancer Treatment
Our Breast Care Centers are full breast cancer treatment facilities. As a breast cancer patient, your case will be discussed by your physicians at our multi-disciplinary tumor board, which aids in planning the best treatment option for your cancer. In addition to offering an innovative multi-disciplinary approach, we are committed to caring for your mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Certified Breast Cancer Navigators
The personal fight against breast cancer is a huge challenge – even if you have a strong support system to help you through. A certified Breast Cancer Patient Navigator can help you every step of the way. Your Breast Cancer Patient Navigator will supervise the continuity of your care, from diagnosis and treatment to follow up care into survivorship.
Brachytherapy: A More Direct Way to Treat Breast Cancer
In addition to more traditional forms of breast cancer treatment, our Breast Care Centers also offer brachytherapy – a form of treatment for certain patients with early-stage breast cancer. Brachytherapy, also known as partial breast irradiation, involves implanting a radioactive “seed” directly into the tumor. Brachytherapy enables the physician to apply a higher dose of radiation to the tumor while sparing healthy tissue and organs, including the lungs and heart, from receiving radiation. The implants are removed after each treatment so that no radiation remains in the breast.
Brachytherapy has been shown to be a powerful method in the fight against cancer. In fact, some studies have shown brachytherapy to be as effective as mastectomy. Besides sparing the breast from removal, brachytherapy is also more convenient than other approaches. Each day for five days, patients receive two treatments that last about 15 minutes each. And, brachytherapy can be performed as an outpatient procedure, without hospitalization.
Genetic BRCA Testing
BRCA1 and BRCA2, often referred to as the “breast cancer genes,” function as tumor suppressors. These genes stop abnormal growths (tumors) from developing in the breasts, as well as other areas of the body. When these genes are mutated, the risk of cancer can increase. Breast cancer gene testing, along with other family history information, can help you determine your risk for developing breast cancer. Ask your physician if BRCA testing is right for you.
Call 866-431-WELL (9355) to schedule your yearly mammogram at one of our Utah locations.