Upon detection of even the smallest breast cancer tumor, our multidisciplinary team will work with you to create a comprehensive, individualized breast cancer treatment plan. This includes, but isn’t limited to:
Guidelines can vary and often be contradictory for breast health screenings. The NCH Breast Leadership Committee, comprised of physicians and other medical professionals who specialize in breast health, recommends that all women should have a yearly 3D mammogram screening starting at age 40 and that women with dense breasts should also have a yearly screening ABUS (automated breast ultrasound). In addition, women should talk to their primary care physician by age 35 to address their risk factors for breast cancer, as data shows women found to be at higher risk (Tyrer-Cuzick lifetime risk over 20%) will benefit from adding an MRI to their screening regimen and may also benefit from starting screening prior to age 40.
Maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, exercising regularly (three to four times weekly), and avoiding excessive intake of alcoholic beverages are just a few ways to decrease your risk for developing breast cancer during your lifetime. Prevention is the first line of defense against breast cancer.
Maintaining your health is just as important to us as it is to you. That’s why our primary care physicians and gynecologists encourage you to maintain your schedule of self-examinations, regular wellness visits and recommended mammograms.
Convenient locations and cutting-edge 3D mammography technology at all of our breast cancer screening sites makes it easier than ever to schedule. We offer next-day appointments, same-day mammogram results, same-day biopsies and openings in the evening and on the weekend. Our experienced, board-certified radiologists read more than 29,000 diagnostic exams a year. We also use the latest in advanced biopsy options, such as ultrasound-guided stereotactic and MRI breast biopsies should we spot a potential problem during a mammogram.
Our advanced diagnostic capabilities and outstanding medical staff ensure effective treatment of everything from a benign cyst to breast cancer. You’ll be guided through treatment by a dedicated patient navigator who will be with you every step of the way.
Patients diagnosed with breast cancer have treatment options, which may include the following:
If you do not currently have a primary care physician, call Health Connection at 847-618-4968 or visit nch.org/findadoctor.
You will be personally guided through treatment by a dedicated Breast Cancer Patient Navigator who will be with you every step of the way.
We provide counseling to women and their families who may have an elevated risk of breast cancer. Our highly trained team is your partner in recommending the best personalized screening and prevention methods for you and your family.
Specially trained genetics counselors help women understand their risk for breast cancer and explore lifestyle changes to minimize those risks. The counselors also attend our multidisciplinary review boards as part of the comprehensive review of patient cases. Testing is available for those who qualify.
To further guide you, we offer extended support to address physical and emotional needs. Your nurse navigator can connect you with services, which include: