Community Breast Center
Your Own Personal Guide
Don’t face breast issues with uncertainty or feel like you’re alone. The Community Breast Center at Providence St. Mary Medical Center offers a single point of contact–a specialized nurse coordinator–to act as your personal guide. She’s your go-to person in all areas of breast health, whether you have questions about properly performing a self-exam, or you need a mammogram, or are coping with a diagnosis of breast cancer. She’ll help you navigate through your options and ensure you have all the information and resources available to make an informed decision.
The nurse coordinator's services are free, and you don't need a referral. She can help coordinate your care, ensure your questions are answered, work with your doctors, provide information and make sure you receive test results as quickly as possible. The Community Breast Center also offers a support group where you can meet other women facing the same challenges.
To learn more, call (509) 897-2750.
- A coordinator who works closely with you, your doctor and your medical team
- Referral to a primary care physician, if needed
- Answers to questions about breast care, health and disease
- Instruction on breast self-exam
- Resource library and Internet service
- Coordination of prompt screening mammograms and other diagnostic tests
- LifeSaver Fund: financial assistance for screening mammograms for uninsured/low-income women.
- Education about breast cancer, diagnosis, surgery and treatment options
- Emotional and educational support before, during and after a hospital stay
- Access to genetic risk counseling and testing
- Opportunities to participate in research studies
- Support groups
- Peer support and visitation available through the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program
- Networking with the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer and Women’s Services
Mammography is the first line of defense in screening for breast abnormalities.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images, and is often used as the next step towards diagnosis.
Breast MRI with computer-assisted diagnosis is the most advanced technology available for the diagnosis of breast abnormalities. It's used for women with conditions that may make a tumor difficult to see on a mammogram, have palpable lumps or a history of breast cancer.
Sentinel lymph node biopsy: The status of a breast cancer patient's lymph nodes is the most powerful predictor for recurrence and survival. By removing the sentinel node, physicians can stage the cancer and usually avoid the complications caused by full axillary node dissection.
Clinical trails for breast cancer treatments may be available through Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center.
Post breast surgery program: Occupational, physical and other therapies focused on reducing pain, regaining movement and managing swelling (lymphedema) caused by the surgical removal of lymph nodes. The program also includes scar management.
Breast reconstruction: Surgical reconstruction can be performed immediately after a mastectomy or many years later.
Breast reduction or augmentation: Surgical services are available to enlarge or reduce breasts.
Lactation services include a certified lactation consultant, classes and a breastfeeding support group to help breastfeeding mothers.