Breast cancer is a serious but highly survivable disease, impacting hundreds of thousands of women each year. At Franciscan Health, we realize the key to battling breast cancer is early detection and prevention.
Our multidisciplinary breast centers bring together leading experts in surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, radiology and genetic counseling. Together, they design personalized treatment plans for every patient using the most innovative and advanced breast cancer treatments available.
Early breast cancer usually does not cause symptoms. This is why on-going breast health and regular clinical breast exams and mammograms - are important. As breast cancer grows, the following signs and symptoms may present themselves:
Advanced breast cancer symptoms may include bone pain, skin ulcers and weight loss. There are risks for breast cancer you can change (alcohol use, smoking, obesity) and those you cannot (age, family history, genetics). To reduce your risks, it's important to make healthy lifestyle changes and discuss overall breast health during your regular physician visits.
Early detection is the key to treating breast cancer at its most curable stages. Franciscan Health offers women comprehensive breast imaging services to thoroughly examine the breast, find cancers quickly and help create a treatment plan. Diagnostic imaging and services include:
Depending on the stage and type of breast cancer, most women will receive a combination of breast care treatments which include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and targeted hormone therapy. Following a diagnosis, our board-certified radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and surgeons begin to coordinate the right care for the best outcome.