Breast Cancer Care by a Team of Experts
Providence provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients when breast malignancies or cancer is detected. Our approach to diagnosis, treatment, and support services gives women the option of consulting with various specialists, all in one place, and all during one visit.
In addition to our team of board-certified physician specialists, a personal care coordinator is available for each patient to help navigate through diagnosis and breast cancer treatments. For more information about personal care coordinator services, please call our
Advanced Diagnostics for Improved Outcomes
If an abnormality is detected with mammography or physical exam, a woman will normally be referred for additional breast imaging with diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, or other imaging tests. Depending on the results of the tests, the patient may be referred to a specialist for a breast biopsy. Biopsy is the only definitive way to determine whether cancer is present.
Comprehensive Surgical Breast Cancer Care
Most patients with breast cancer have surgery to remove the cancer from the breast. In many cases, breast-conserving surgery is used which is an operation to remove the cancer but not the breast itself. At the same time, patients may also have some of the lymph nodes removed from under the arm for biopsy. This procedure is called lymph node dissection.
Many surgical options for breast-conserving surgery are available at Providence, including:
- Lumpectomy is the removal of a tumor (lump) and a small amount of surrounding tissue
- Partial or Segmental Mastectomy removes the part of the breast that has cancer and some normal surrounding tissue
For more advanced cancer cases, a more aggressive surgical approach may be taken to completely remove all breast tissue, including:
- Total or Simple Mastectomy removes the entire breast that has cancer
- Modified Radical Mastectomy removes the entire breast that has cancer, many of the lymph nodes under the arm, the lining over the chest muscles, and sometimes, part of the chest wall muscles
- Radical or Halsted Radical Mastectomy removes the breast that has cancer, chest wall muscles under the breast, and all of the lymph nodes under the arm
Providence's cancer specialists provide individualized treatment plans, based on a careful assessment of each case. Even if all of the cancer that can be seen at the time of the surgery is removed, some patients may also undergo radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or hormone therapy after surgery to eliminate any cancer cells that remain.
Breast Cancer Awareness and Support
Providence’s Breast Cancer Support Group provides an environment for women living with breast cancer to come together to share information, educate, and encourage each other. Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of every month, from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, on the 3rd floor, in the Providence Hospital Wellness Institute. For more information, please call (202) 269-7497 or (202) 269-7543.
In addition, we offer Breast Cancer Awareness Programs that are given throughout the community. These presentations often include informational materials, guest speakers, and incentives. For upcoming presentations in your area, please call (202) 269-7275 or see our Classes & Events calendar.
For More Information about Physician Specialists
To find a physician specialist, please call Providence Hospital’s Physician Referral Service at 1-855-823-WELL (9355) or uses our Find a Physician search.