Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women. About one in eight will be diagnosed with it. The following factors may increase the risk of breast cancer:
Early-stage breast cancer doesn’t often have any obvious symptoms, which is why it’s important to get screened every 12 months. However, some common symptoms as the disease advances may include:
We follow the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging recommendation that women with average risk should get an annual mammogram starting at age 40. However, women considered to be at high risk should talk to their doctor about starting earlier. To determine which category you’re in, it’s important to have a risk assessment by age 30. Some diagnostic tests include:
Takes an image of the tissue in the breast.
Automated Breast Ultrasound Screening (ABUS)
Provides additional images for women with dense breast tissue.
Shows whether the lump is solid or fluid-filled.
Removes a small section of tissue for testing.
Helps provide additional information after a mammogram.
Checks to see if the cancer has spread.
If breast cancer is detected, our team of experts will create and implement a custom treatment plan that may include:
This approach consists of a patient taking cancer-killing drugs via injections, by mouth or intravenously.
Halcyon™ Radiation Therapy
This new radiation therapy delivery system enables us to provide highly targeted treatment with improved quality, speed, accuracy and comfort.
This positioning and motion management technology is also used for greater cardiac protection during radiation treatment.
This medication can target and regulate specific cancer cells.
Based on family or personal history, genetic counseling and testing can help women understand their risk for breast cancer. Specially trained genetics counselors can recommend additional screening to find early cancers or suggest prevention options.
We look at malignant tumors on a molecular level to identify their unique gene mutation(s) so we can treat them with the most appropriate methods.
Targeted Molecular Therapies
This option uses drugs to stop cancer from growing and spreading and can be less harmful to healthy cells than other treatments.
Options include removing the tumor and part (or all) of the breast along with nearby tissues and/or lymph nodes. This also includes skin- and nipple-sparing techniques, plastic reconstructive surgery and oncoplastic reconstructive surgery.
When available, we participate in clinical trials offered through the National Cancer Institute.
Our High-Risk Breast Clinic is designed to empower you to manage your risk for breast cancer. Knowing your risk means prevention and early detection may be possible. Our highly trained team will counsel and partner with you to recommend the best personalized screening and prevention methods for you and your family.
We perform more than 42,000 mammograms a year and have been nationally recognized for providing exceptional cancer care.
Our multidisciplinary Breast Tumor Board includes experts in radiology, pathology, medical and radiation oncology, breast surgeons, a genetic counselor and a nurse navigator. They’re here to make sure every patient receives high-quality care through every step of the journey.
Some of these physicians are independent physicians in the community and not employees or agents of NCH.