Breast Cancer

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Nuvance Health™ Cancer Institute provides comprehensive breast cancer care from leading specialists. Our whole-person, multidisciplinary approach includes advanced screenings and surgical techniques that maintain your quality of life.
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What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer happens when cells grow out of control in your breast. Most breast lumps are benign (noncancerous), but some types of benign lumps can raise your risk of cancer

Breast Cancer Care at Nuvance Health: Why Choose Us?

Nuvance Health provides advanced care, right in your community. Our comprehensive breast cancer program features:

  • Experienced specialists:
    Your surgeons completed a general surgery residency followed by additional fellowship training in breast surgery, and they are board-certified. This expertise means you receive targeted care for your individual needs.
  • A team approach:
    Multidisciplinary care is critical to successfully treating breast cancer. A fully integrated team collaborates to deliver effective care, including discussing and coordinating cases in tumor boards and specialized clinics.
  • Advanced procedures:
    We continually evolve our surgical techniques to bring you effective care. Our specialists skillfully perform advanced oncoplastic surgeries to maintain or restore the breast’s natural appearance.
  • Genetic counseling and testing:
    We offer dedicated cancer genetic counselors and sophisticated screening to assess your risk of developing cancer. We’ll also discuss ways to  possibly reduce your risk of developing an inherited cancer. Learn more about genetic counseling for cancer.
  • Screening and prevention:
    Using advanced mammogram technology, we create detailed images of the breast to detect cancer as early as possible. We offer all of the latest breast imaging techniques. Learn more about cancer screening and prevention.
  • Care centered on you:
    Our relationship-driven approach supports your unique needs. Your nurse navigator provides dedicated support, and the entire care team takes the time to discuss your options and answer your questions.

Breast Cancer Symptoms

You should seek medical attention for breast cancer symptoms including:

  • Any change in your breast size or shape
  • Pain or lumps in your breast or armpit
  • Thickening or swelling in part of your breast
  • Irritation, dimpling, redness or flaky skin in your breast skin
  • Pain or pulling in of your nipple, or discharge other than breast milk

Diagnosing Breast Cancer

Tests we use to assess symptoms and diagnose breast cancer include:

  • Screening/diagnostic mammogram: We use X-rays to create a detailed image of the breast.
  • Ultrasound: Your doctor may order an ultrasound if you find a lump in your breast during a self-exam or on a screening mammogram. An ultrasound may also be used if you have dense breast tissue. The ultrasound uses sound waves to create a picture of the breast tissue.
  • MRI: This exam uses magnetic energy and radio waves to scan the tissue and create detailed pictures of areas within the breast.
  • Biopsy: We use a biopsy to confirm a diagnosis. We remove tissue or sometimes fluid from the breast, then our pathologists examine it under a microscope to check for signs of cancer.
  • Lab tests: If you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, we may order further lab tests to help us recommend treatment options. These tests check for proteins that instruct cancer cells to multiply, so we can know more about the cancer’s potential spread.

Breast Cancer Treatment

You have access to the full range of breast cancer treatments, including:

  • Surgery to remove cancerous growths. Learn more about cancer surgery.
  • Plastic surgery to restore the natural appearance of the breast, performed by our breast reconstructive surgeons.
  • Chemotherapy/immunotherapy, which includes drugs that slow cancer cell growth.
  • Medical oncology, a group of treatments that use drugs and other substances to fight cancer cells. Read more about chemotherapy and other medical oncology.
  • Radiation therapy uses rays of energy to shrink the cancer or remove traces of cancer that remain after surgery. Explore radiation therapy.
  • Supportive care may include assistance from social workers and therapies to reduce the side effects of treatment. Find out more about supportive therapies.

Oncoplastic surgery for breast cancer

You benefit from a whole-person approach to support your physical and emotional recovery. With that in mind, we can perform oncoplastic procedures to preserve the shape and contour of your breasts. Many of the surgeons are certified in Hidden Scar™ Breast Surgery, an advanced technique that allows them to remove cancerous tissue through a single, carefully placed incision to maintain the breast’s appearance.