Achieve your best outcome from breast cancer care with personalized support and treatment from LMH Health Cancer Center.
Diagnosing Breast Cancer
A breast cancer diagnosis usually starts with a mammogram or another imaging test that shows unusual tissue in your breast. To find out if it’s cancer, a doctor may perform a biopsy. This exam uses a thin needle or minor surgical procedure to take a small sample of cells to examine in a lab. You’ll get an anesthetic (numbing medicine) to prevent pain, and you can go home right afterward.
Treating Breast Cancer
After a cancer diagnosis, you’ll likely have more than one choice of treatment plans. Trust us to recommend the best path forward based on your health, goals and stage (severity) of the condition.
If surgery is part of your care plan, ask your surgeon which of these procedures may be best for your situation:
- Lumpectomy – Removes just the tumor and some surrounding tissue
- Mastectomy – Removes the whole breast
No matter which option you choose, you’ll be in the experienced hands of our dedicated breast surgeon. This expert has advanced, specialized training in caring for breast cancer patients.
Early treatment improves your outcome, so we strive to schedule surgery within three or four weeks of your diagnosis.
After mastectomy or lumpectomy, you may choose to receive reconstruction surgery that restores the look and shape of breasts. Ask an LMH Health specialist in plastic surgery about the benefits of each of these options:
- Flap surgery – Transfers tissue from another part of your body into your chest
- Implant surgery – Places saline-filled sacs in your chest
- Oncoplastic reduction – Rearranges breast tissue to create a more natural look after lumpectomy
With any of these procedures, you may also choose fat grafting. This type of surgery injects fat under the skin of your chest after removing it from elsewhere in the body.
Most insurance plans cover breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
Learn more about your options for breast reconstruction [PDF].
Radiation therapy can destroy any breast cancer cells remaining after lumpectomy or mastectomy. During radiation treatment, your care team works to protect healthy areas of your body with techniques such as using technology that adjusts the radiation beam for tumors (including breast cancers) that move as you breathe.
As part of your treatment plan, your doctor may also prescribe:
- Chemotherapy – Delivers cancer-fighting medicine through a vein
- Hormone therapy – Starves breast tumors of the hormones they need to grow
- Immunotherapy – Helps the immune system battle cancer
Team Approach to Care
Successful breast cancer treatment takes the expertise of a team. That’s why a group of LMH Health cancer specialists meets regularly to review your progress during treatment. They adjust your care plan as your health needs evolve and can determine whether you qualify for a clinical trial that tests promising new treatment options.
Enjoy a better quality of life during and after cancer treatment with our wide range of support services. If breast cancer care affects your lymph nodes, get help to manage swelling and other symptoms with lymphedema therapy. If treatment affects your appearance, explore wigs and cosmetic products that can make you look and feel more like yourself.
Genetic Counseling & Testing
Up to 10 percent of breast cancers are hereditary. When you and your relatives each learn their inherited risk of the disease, all of you can take steps to protect your long-term health. Explore LMH Health’s genetic counseling and testing services, as well as our lifetime breast cancer risk assessment program that your family can access during a mammogram appointment.