We're improving survival rates for women with breast cancer every day.
A breast cancer diagnosis is frightening, but survival is possible.
Just ask the more than 8,000 breast cancer survivors who received care
from the Saint Thomas Health breast cancer specialists. Through a full
range of the most advanced treatment options, our multidisciplinary team
of surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists are able to
deliver the most comprehensive and compassionate care available in
Along with more traditional forms of treatment, such as radiation
and chemotherapy, we offer some of the most sophisticated medical
advancements available, including the “radioactive seed” approach called
Your physician can help you determine which options may be most appropriate for you:
Removal of the tumor and a small amount of surrounding tissue.
Removal of breast tissue.
Bilateral Mastectomy with Reconstructive Surgery
Many women, particularly under the age of 50, are now choosing to
have bilateral mastectomy with reconstructive surgery to reduce their
risk of reoccurrence.
Oral medication given to block estrogen and the growth of cancer cells.
An injection of carefully controlled doses of chemicals designed
to reduce the risk of recurrence after surgery. Both standard and
clinical trials are available based on patient history.
Used in combination with limited surgery, radiation therapy serves
as an alternative to a mastectomy or after a mastectomy to prevent the
cancer from spreading throughout the lymph nodes.
To learn more about Saint Thomas Health and the various treatments available for breast cancer, please call: 615.284.LADY (5239) and ask for a nurse navigator.