Breast cancer is scary. There is no doubt about that. From
the moment you that suspect that something could be
wrong, your life begins to spin and you feel out of control.
Carolina Breast & Oncologic Surgery is here to help you
change the conversation about breast cancer and remain
in control of the decisions that lie ahead and which path
you will take.
The best place to start is always at the beginning. So you
or your doctor found something suspicious that could be
breast cancer? It is important that “could” remains in clear
focus. It does not necessarily mean that you have cancer if
an abnormality is found by physical exam or through a mammogram. This will be the first thing we will address. Because 66% of women who have a lump in their breast will likely not have breast cancer, a non-surgical solution helps those women avoid any cosmetic issues associated with invasive surgical biopsies. These non-surgical options should always be explored first.
A breast ultrasound is a safe, painless, and effective tool to provide a greater level of detail in the diagnosis of breast cancer. During the exam, the sonographer or physician performing the test will be evaluating the blood flow or lack of blood flow in any breast mass. This information may be able to provide additional information as to the cause of the mass and in some cases can clearly rule out the chance of cancer.
This procedure eliminates the need for a surgical biopsy by pulling tissue from the mass using a needle. The tissue is examined and biopsied. Based on those results, decisions for further treatment or surgery will be made if necessary.
Benefits of a non-surgical needle biopsy:
If cancerous cells are found and you are diagnosed with breast cancer, everything that seemed to be spinning in circles before comes to a complete stop. It can feel as though you have hit a wall, but it doesn’t have to. You still have choices to make and we want to help you make the best ones that fit your very specific needs. We can explore your options and set in motion a plan of treatment keeping both your physical and your mental health as our top priority.
At CBS, we have multiple surgical options that offer less invasive techniques to maintain your breast’s natural appearance. Cancer treatment is hard enough on a woman as is. If there is a way for us to save healthy breast tissue and lymph nodes, we want to explore that option first. We use state-of-the-art procedures like Oncoplastic Surgical Techniques, Breast Conserving TreatmentandPartial Breast Radiationwhen we can to help preserve a natural-looking breast after cancer. We also offer aSentinel Lymph Node Biopsyprocedure to make sure that cancer has not spread to nearby lymph nodes. This technique allows us to take only the Sentinel Lymph Node and test that first as opposed to taking a large group of lymph nodes from the surrounding area. If no cancer is present in the Sentinel Node, not further action is needed. This prevents the removal of healthy lymph nodes and reduces both the size of the incision and postsurgical healing time.
One of our physicians can help figure out which, if any of these techniques, would best fit your needs and map out your very own personalized treatment plan. Breast cancer can be a scary, isolating experience, but that doesn't mean you're alone in the fight. There are plenty of local support groups and resources available to provide ongoing support to individuals with breast cancer and survivors. For more information on how we can help you on this journey, please contact us today at 255-413-0036.
Carolina Breast & Oncologic Surgery is proud to be fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
About the NAPBC...
The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with breast diseases. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. The NAPBC board is comprised of professionals from 15 national organizations reflecting the full spectrum of breast care. Carolina Breast has voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of performance by the NAPBC. During the process, our center has demonstrated compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women diagnosed with the
full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center achieving NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease, offering:
Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
Information about new treatment options
And, most importantly, Quality breast care close to home.
To learn more, please visit www.accreditedbreastcenters.org