Specialties that diagnose or treat this condition:
- Interventional Radiology
- Imaging Services
- Surgical Oncology
- Cancer Survivorship
- Nutrition Services
- Pain Management
- Palliative Care
- Family Medicine
- Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
- Genetic Counseling
- Cancer Care (Oncology)
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Integrative Therapies During Cancer Treatment
- Breast Care
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.
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.
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
There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:
- Hormone Therapy
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Radiation Therapy