Breast Cancer

Our Breast Center at the Clinics and Surgery Center is one of nine centers in the state to be awarded a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
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Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that forms in the cells of the breast. It can begin in the breast duct, where it is called ductal carcinoma, or in the breast glands, where it is called lobular carcinoma. Breast cancer is second only to skin cancer in frequency among adults in the United States.

Each type of breast cancer behaves uniquely, and accurately identifying the specific type is essential to effective treatment.

For those patients who are interested in screenings or who are at risk for developing breast cancer, we offer a comprehensive approach to breast health, including advanced screening options like 3D mammograms and other imaging procedures. We also offer personalized, ongoing surveillance for women who have increased risk for developing breast cancer through our Cancer Risk Management Program.

Our Approach

M Health Fairview Cancer Care offers breast cancer patients a comprehensive and individualized care plan. Whether patients come to us with an early-stage diagnosis or advanced stage breast cancer, our care teams have the experience and expertise to offer patients the latest in breast cancer care.

Successful patient outcomes are absolutely dependent on the expertise of a truly multi-disciplinary care team for all aspects in care. This includes surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, and also our extensive supportive care team, which covers all aspects of mind, body, and wellness care. Our team is consistently at the forefront of emerging technologies and methods, often developing new methods which are then adopted as a standard of care.

Award-winning care

Our program is consistently recognized for its commitment to quality, patient experience and outcomes. Our breast cancer doctors consistently appear on the “Top Doctors” and “Best Doctors” lists through Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine and Minnesota Monthly Magazine (respectively).

Our program also holds accreditations from two leading organizations which recognize those health care organizations upholding the highest standards in quality of care – including the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Pioneers in breast cancer treatment

Our physicians are pioneers in the systemic (whole-body) treatment of breast cancer, including the use of hormone therapy. Our surgeons were among the first to develop and test sentinel lymph node staging, which reduces the side effects of breast cancer surgery.

As an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, we are at the forefront of research into how to best treat breast cancer. We are one of only 17 centers in the United States participating in the I-SPY 2 clinical trial to speed the testing of new drugs for women with high-risk, rapidly growing breast cancer.

Many new research projects are focused on finding a patient’s (or in some cases, a cancer tumor’s) specific genetic markers to help our doctors choose the best treatments for each individual.

Supplemental or hormone therapies

Often, women are given hormone therapy to either enhance the effects of traditional therapies (like chemotherapy), or to prevent breast cancer from occurring or reoccurring. We do this by giving our patients medicines to block certain hormones, like estrogen, in women who have a specific type of breast cancer.

Life after breast cancer treatment

Depending on the type of cancer and treatment received, breast cancer survivors may or may not be at risk for developing late effects. The most common seen late effects for breast cancer patients include secondary cancers, cardiopulmonary issues, and bone problems. The Cancer Survivor Program is available to breast cancer survivors who are three or more years out of treatment, regardless of age, diagnosis, or where they received cancer treatment.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Breast Surgery

Our breast surgeons perform several types of breast surgeries, depending on the location of the tumor, stage of cancer and other factors. Our surgeons also perform preventative (prophylactic) mastectomies for selected patients who are at high risk for hereditary breast cancer.
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Chemotherapy is a treatment option for adults or children with cancer using drugs that kill cancer cells. Often simply called “chemo,” chemotherapy is a combination of medications designed to destroy cancer cells, cause remission of your cancer or actually cure the cancer.
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Mammogram (Mammography)

A mammogram is an X-ray image of your breast used to look for breast cancer and other breast disease. The breasts are compressed between 2 plates to improve accuracy and to decrease the amount of X-rays used.
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Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to shrink tumors, kill cancer cells, and treat other non-cancerous conditions. Several types of radiation therapy is often used to limit radiation exposure as much as possible while still delivering the optimal outcomes for patients.
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TomoTherapy is a specialized form of radiation delivery that combines radiation therapy with 3D imaging to create more precise targeting of tumors. It works by delivering radiation beams from multiple directions allowing the radiation to match the exact shape of the tumor.
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Genomic Profiling

During the course of your cancer diagnosis and treatment, your physician may order next-generation DNA sequencing. No two cancers are the same. Next-generation DNA sequencing is a test your physician may use to better understand the unique molecular composition of your cancer.
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Breast Reconstruction

Following a mastectomy or lumpectomy to treat breast cancer, many women choose to have reconstructive breast surgery to recreate the appearance and shape of one or both their breasts. Our plastic surgeons offer the latest reconstructive options, tailored to the needs and wishes of each patient.
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Immunotherapy is an emerging form of cancer treatment with great promise and limited toxicity. Its goal is to harness the power of the patient’s immune system and use it to fight cancer. Sometimes called biological therapy, it's changing the way we think about cancer treatment.
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Social Work Services for Cancer Patients

M Health Fairview offers Social Work Services for Cancer Patients, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Hormone Therapy
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Radiation Therapy