Breast Cancer Services

One in eight women will have breast cancer. For women older than 40, one in three will be diagnosed with a breast health concern. That’s your mother, your sister, your daughter – you. If you or someone you love is facing a breast cancer diagnosis, Providence is here for you. We offer the best possible, most comprehensive breast care – right here, close to where you live and work. We also provide support and sensitivity that comes only from experience.

Talk with your doctor to find out what options are available and work best for you.

Screening

Screening tests include mammograms, breast MRI, ultrasounds and stereotactic biopsies.

Mammography

One woman in eight will get breast cancer in her lifetime. The statistics are hard to ignore. And one in three women over the age of 40 will be diagnosed with a breast health concern.

Mammograms use low energy X-rays to examine the breast as a diagnostic and screening tool to detect the early presence of breast cancer. Mammograms are recommended annually for women age 45 to 54. Women 55 and older can switch to mammograms every 2 years, or continue yearly screening.

We understand there are many different screening recommendations. This can be confusing. If you are at average risk for breast cancer, talk with your health care provider to determine what‘s best for you.

Screening and diagnosis

  • Digital mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Clinical breast exam
  • Ultrasound and stereotactic guided core biopsy
  • Needle localization

Professional and support services

  • Nurse liaison
  • Referrals for second opinions, genetic counseling and further testing
  • Resource library
  • Patient and family education for newly diagnosed women
  • Peer survivor program
  • Breast cancer support groups

Wellness

  • Risk assessment
  • Breast pain evaluation
  • Breast self-exam instruction
  • Counseling and education

Some Providence locations offer 3-D mammography, also know as tomosynthesis, detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives (false alarms) by up to 40%.

With tomosynthesis, an X-ray beam sweeps through the breast in a slight arc and takes pictures of multiple “slices” of breast tissues. A radiologist then looks through the series of images. Digital tomosynthesis allows the detection of small abnormalities that may be hidden by normal breast tissue. It also allows the radiologist to tell the difference between a clump of normal tissue and a true mass.

Breast surgery

There are two basic types of breast surgery: lumpectomy and mastectomy. Our experienced breast surgeons treat more than 200 new breast cancer patients each year.

Integrative medicine

  • Acupuncture
  • Exercise
  • Lymphedema prevention and treatment
  • Massage
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Yoga

Breast tumor board

Our multi-disciplinary panel of doctors and nurses meets weekly to evaluate new breast cancer cases. It’s like having your own team of breast cancer experts – including a pathologist, breast radiologist, breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, breast care coordinator and research coordinator – to review your situation and develop a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan.

Breast care coordinator

Depending on their location, women newly diagnosed with breast cancer may meet with a breast care coordinator, who helps her understand her diagnosis and treatment options. As treatment progresses, they are available anytime to answer questions about issues affecting your treatment, provide emotional support or find resources like transportation, housing, financial assistance, wigs, breast prosthesis and medications.

Mentors

Carefully selected patients or family members share their experiences with cancer, one-on-one with others facing similar experiences.

Support groups and services

Many breast cancer and cancer support groups are available at our locations. Talk with your doctor to find out what is available near you.

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Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center - Walla Walla

Providence Regional Cancer System - Shelton

Providence Regional Cancer System - Lacey