One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. When found early, breast cancer is very treatable. Saint Joseph Hospital’s Breast Center of Excellence is here for you.We know breast cancer
Facing breast cancer can be life changing. You need an exceptional team by your side. That’s why at Saint Joseph Hospital our Radiologist is specialty trained in identifying breast cancer. This targeted approach ensures a quick, accurate diagnosis and you understand your cancer and what you can do to beat it.
Also on your care team, our specialized breast cancer nurse navigator. The navigator will help you understand your diagnosis. They get to know you, your family and your special situation to provide in-depth expertise and guidance in considering treatment options.
Your family history may contribute to your risk of developing breast cancer. Genetic counselors at Saint Joseph Hospital's Breast Center use genetic testing to identify your unique risk factors. The counselor will review your profile and make recommendations for preventing cancer or managing your risks.
Possible signs of breast cancer include:
- Lump in breast tissue or underarm area
- Pain in the breast or underarm area
- Changes in breast or nipple look or feel
- Nipple discharge
If you have any of the signs above don’t delay, schedule an appointment with your doctor today.
Clinical breast exams are an important part of early detection. Your provider will look for abnormalities and warning signs. If something is detected a mammogram, MRI, ultrasound or biopsy may be used to further investigate.
If breast cancer is confirmed, your cancer care team will help you better understand your condition and recommend the most effective, personalized course of treatment.
Innovative techniques and technologies
Research that focuses on you and your unique needs
As an SCL Health patient you have the opportunity to expand your treatment options. You may be eligible to participate in a clinical research study.
Your health situation is unique and our investigators recognize the value clinical research can play in effective, targeted treatment. They will help guide you in considering the options available. If you are a good fit for a research trial, they can help you get enrolled. [Learn more link to clinical trials.]
We target breast tumors with some of the most advanced treatments and technology available.
Our accredited breast cancer programs may offer:
- Breast density measurement – A revolutionary imaging technology that allows a radiologist to assess breast density with mammography to better detect breast cancer in its earliest and most curable stages.
- Cancer cell detection – An innovative technology that allows breast surgeons to detect and remove microscopic cancer cells while still in surgery, thereby reducing the need for additional operations.
- Radiation oncology targeting – A medical device that allows radiation oncologists to precisely target areas of the breast where a cancerous tumor was removed.
- Non-wire localization systems – A new surgical guidance system that eliminates the need to implant an uncomfortable external guide wire before surgery (the guide wire is standard at every other breast center in Colorado).
Collaborating for the best care
Your case is unique, which means your treatment plan will be designed around your needs. Every week, a team of specialists meets to discuss breast cancer cases and collaborate on the best treatment for each patient. You benefit from the combined expertise of specialists in radiology, surgery, pathology, pharmacology, oncology and therapists in fields like physical therapy and psychology.
Your recommended treatment will be based on best practices that have worked for other patients, specific aspects of your cancer/tumor, the results of all your tests, the stage of your cancer and your personal preferences.
Breast cancer is typically treated through a combination of treatments, such as radiation therapy, infusion, chemotherapy or other specialized therapies. Surgery (lumpectomy or mastectomy) is often done to remove the tumor. Some breast cancer patients may qualify for clinical trials.
Breast cancer treatment can include surgery, radiation or chemotherapy or all of the above depending on the type of cancer.
Your care team
Our care coordinators will guide you and your family through treatment while supporting your choices, removing barriers to timely care, offering education, helping you make decisions and connecting you with appropriate support services.
Our breast care teams know that great care is the result of seamless communication between you and your existing healthcare providers. When you have this kind of collaboration, you can expect a more efficient, effective and tailored approach.
Breast cancer nurse navigators
One of your key team members is your nurse navigator, who serves as a patient educator and care guide focused on improving your cancer treatment experience. Your nurse navigator will assist you at every stage, help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options and coordinate care between your physician, surgeon and other support teams.
Life beyond breast cancer
With earlier detection, more patients are surviving cancer than ever before. Our survivorship program gives you access to specialists who partner with you for your post-treatment. This program focuses on nutritional goals, healthy living and emotional well-being.
We’ll also help you set up regular medical checkups with your primary doctor to prevent, detect and manage any complications related to your cancer or cancer treatment.