Compassionate People Providing Comprehensive Care
Identifying breast cancer in the earliest stages is critical. The breast surgeons of Spectrum Health Medical Group's Breast Care program have dedicated their professions to the enhanced screening and early detection of breast disease. We offer the most advanced imaging technology and surgical techniques.
Our program provides continuity of care, guiding our patients through the system and decreasing time between diagnosis and treatment. Such coordination of care allows a more direct path to healing and decreases unnecessary anxiety.
Treatment Plan in One Day
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed at Spectrum Health and among women nationally. Our breast cancer multispecialty team acts quickly to develop and start a treatment plan that meets the needs of each individual patient. A team of specialists evaluates each newly diagnosed breast cancer patient, and together with the patient they develop a treatment plan in one day.
A single appointment includes:
- Complete evaluation by several specialists, including a breast surgeon, radiation oncologist and medical oncologist
- Provider team meeting to determine the best treatment options
- Written treatment plan by the end of the appointment
- Discussion of treatment plan with the multispecialty team
Surgery is often the first treatment recommended for breast cancer, although in some cases it will follow medical treatment. The goals of breast cancer surgery are to remove the cancer, determine if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes and create the best cosmetic result possible.
Our board certified cancer and general surgeons specialize in breast cancer diagnostics and treatment. In addition, Spectrum Health Medical Group providers have access to the full system of cancer care available at Spectrum Health Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion, where colleagues can perform whole breast mastectomies and partial breast irradiation therapy (PBI).
- Breast cancer risk evaluation and prevention
- Management of patients who are at high risk of breast cancer
- Evaluation of breast symptoms, such as lumps, pain, nipple discharge, infection and cysts
- Evaluation of abnormal mammograms
- Surgical treatment of breast problems
- Cancer surgery including:
- ultrasound-assisted biopsy
- minimally invasive breast biopsy
- sentinel node biopsy
- axillary node dissection
- placement of mammosite balloons for partial breast irradiation
- nipple-sparing mastectomy
- skin-sparing mastectomy in patients undergoing immediate reconstruction
Breast self-examination, done on a monthly basis, can help you get to know what your breasts normally feel and look like, so that any changes will become apparent to you. Any lump or other change should be evaluated by your doctor.
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that can show tumors too small for you or your doctor to see or feel. Most women should begin having regular mammograms at the age of 40.
For more information or to make an appointment, visit our list of breast care specialists below. For driving directions, view our map of breast care locations.