Breast Cancer

Questions About Breast Cancer?

We’re here to help. Contact our Breast Navigator, Betsy Rice, MSN, RN,CBCN, at 203-276-CARE. Press 5.

We offer you compassionate, comprehensive breast cancer care with a multi-disciplinary team approach. We work closely with the Breast Center to give you the best medical attention. Our team meets frequently with specialists in medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, pathology, and genetics to make the most optimal decisions possible for your breast health and breast cancer treatment. As a Planetree-designated organization, we believe to heal is to make whole with the best possible level of care.

Breast Cancer Screening and Prevention

It’s been proven time and again: regular breast cancer screening helps to save lives. That’s why we encourage these routine screenings, as well as appropriate treatment and survivorship care. Screening and prevention can include:

  • All digital mammography, including 3-D breast tomosynthesis
  • Treatment of benign (non-cancerous) breast disease
  • Extra evaluation and supervision if you’re at high risk
  • Advanced diagnostics like MRI, ultrasound, and minimally invasive biopsy

Breast Cancer Treatment Options

We might recommend surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy either alone or in combination to treat any breast tumors you may have. If you’re diagnosed with a tumor that requires immediate surgical treatment, we can book an appointment for you to see a surgeon within 24-36 hours. Our Radiation Oncology Department is staffed by the area's leading radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, medical physicists and a medical dosimetrist, who will all make sure you’re treated effectively and safely.

Breast Surgery

If you need breast surgery, our team will review options with you. Whether you qualify for breast conservation (lumpectomy) or a mastectomy, our reconstructive plastic surgeons work closely with the breast cancer team to come up with a plan best suited for you.

High-Risk Breast Cancer Program

If you’re considered high risk for breast cancer due to family history or other factors, we offer many services including genetic testing. We work together with the Breast Center to help assess your personal situation, level of risk, and management options tailored to your needs. Here’s what you should know about genetic testing for hereditary cancer symptoms:

  • It’s available to you if we determine you’re at risk.
  • Testing can help determine your risk for specific cancers so we can perform appropriate screening and risk reduction options.
  • You’ll have direct contact with a full-time cancer genetic counselor. We encourage you to schedule a consultation for risk assessment, discussion of genetic testing, and possible screening recommendations.

Measuring Outcomes

On an ongoing basis, the Bennett Cancer Center’s Cancer Committee reviews, monitors and reports on quality of care measures established by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). See the results for breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Surveillance and Therapies

Specialized Surveillance: If you’re at high risk for breast cancer, you can receive additional breast screenings. We use digital mammograms, examined both by eye and with computer-assisted detection. In addition, we offer breast ultrasound and high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Chemopreventive Therapy: You may also meet with a medical oncologist at the Bennett Cancer Center to discuss use of preventive (hormonal) therapy.

Adjuvant Systemic Therapies: After your cancer treatment, doctors may recommend hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy to reduce the chance of the cancer coming back.

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