Breast cancer treatment in Denver
Breast cancer biopsies
Breast biopsies are necessary because they help determine if a breast mass is non-cancerous (benign) or malignant. Most breast biopsies reveal benign, non-cancerous results.
There are two types of non-surgical biopsies, stereotactic (X-ray guided) breast biopsies and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies. Stereotactic breast biopsies are necessary when mammography shows a mass, a cluster of tiny calcium deposits or another area of abnormal breast tissue that the mammogram cannot confirm is non-cancerous. If this is the case, it may be necessary to obtain a tissue sample that can be examined to detect breast cancer cells.
In ultrasound-guided breast biopsies, the ultrasound images will pinpoint where the breast abnormality is so cells can be collected and analyzed. This biopsy takes less time than stereotactic breast biopsies and is used when the breast abnormality can be detected with ultrasound.
At our Breast Care Center, reconstruction surgery is integrated into your cancer care. That is why our plastic and reconstructive surgeons work alongside oncologists, general surgeons and your entire multidisciplinary team.
Less than a quarter of women are educated about breast reconstruction and how treatment timing may affect their options and results. Our surgical team can perform a lumpectomy, which removes only a portion of cancerous or abnormal tissue from the breast. If you need a mastectomy (breast removal surgery), consider having breast reconstruction surgery at the same time, or sometime soon after.
Our plastic and reconstructive surgery team performs breast reconstruction surgeries with the best practices and the latest techniques for sparing breast tissue and nipples. Women can receive several types of breast implants using:
- Saline or gel implants
- Tissue expansion
- Stomach fat, inner-thigh or outer-thigh fat to make a new breast mound
Many of these procedures require expertise in microsurgery to reattach the living tissues’ blood vessels. Some techniques involve moving tissue while leaving its blood supply intact. Meeting with your plastic surgeon prior to mastectomy surgery allows you to have a full discussion about all of your choices.
Multidisciplinary breast cancer experts
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s provides breast cancer patients with a group of multidisciplinary expert physicians who review each patient’s case to collaborate and develop a comprehensive care plan specific to each patient.
Physicians discuss individual patient cases to review patient data, results and recommend treatment therapies specific to each patient.
Members of Presbyterian/St. Luke’s breast multi-disciplinary care team include:
- Radiologist—a physician who oversees imaging tests and specializes in breast imaging techniques
- Medical oncologist—a physician who works with you to explain the clinical options available and will determine if chemotherapy is needed
- Digital mammography technician
- Breast ultrasound technician
- Surgical oncologist—a surgical specialist who evaluates your breast cancer diagnosis and determines whether surgery is feasible or necessary
- Oncology nurse navigator—an oncology-certified nurse who specializes in breast cancer and acts as your first point of contact to guide you through the entirety of your cancer journey
Additionally, our cancer patients have access to the latest clinical trials, cancer support and more from our physicians with affiliations from Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, Sarah Cannon Research Institute and the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides you with convenient access to leading-edge cancer therapies and clinical trials. Through our Sarah Cannon oncology programs, we offer patients personal, individualized care with a trusted network of specialists who address every aspect of cancer care.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions about screenings, signs or symptoms, a specially trained askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 to connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.