Breast Cancer Services at NYM
Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer affecting women. While most lumps that occur in breasts are not cancerous, detecting a lump early and acting quickly with professional examination and treatment may lead to better experiences and outcomes with many types of breast cancer. Performing monthly self-examinations, along with regular professional examinations, is a priority for women interested in taking a proactive approach to their health. Preventing breast cancer is equally important. As is the case with many health conditions, the risk of breast cancer may be lowered through physical exercise, balanced nutrition, moderation in alcohol consumption, and abstinence from smoking.
For women diagnosed with breast cancer, or concerned that they may be diagnosed with breast cancer, it is important to access the best possible and most comprehensive medical care. This means having a range of options, a team of specialists, and the most advanced treatments but, just as important, it means being treated with compassion and respect while receiving all available information and guidance necessary to make informed choices.
Breast Cancer Services at NYM offer women a variety of sophisticated screening, diagnostic, and treatment options for breast cancer through the Institute for Cancer Care and the Institute for Women’s Health.
As a Breast Diagnostic Center of Excellence, women receiving
mammographies and breast ultrasound can feel confident knowing they are
being treated with the most advanced breast-imaging technology
available. When screening results indicate further investigation may be
requires, NYM also offers breast MRI, breast ultrasound and stereotactic (x-ray guided) biopsy.
- Our breast cancer specialists include breast surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, dedicated breast imaging specialists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologists, geneticists, psychiatrists, physical therapists and nutritionists, as well as physician assistants and specialized nurses. The Hospital also hosts breast cancer support groups and American Cancer Society Look Good … Feel Better workshops.
Breast conservation therapy has become a treatment of choice for many women. When this less invasive form of treatment is deemed appropriate, the surgery is able remove the breast cancer but not the breast itself. Breast conservation is also called "breast-sparing surgery".
- Radiation therapy is often used in conjunction with chemotherapy, sometimes preceding or following breast surgery. Some types of radiation therapy work from the outside, using highly targeted beams of radiation. Other therapies work from the inside, using radioactive “seeds” that are placed near the cancerous tissue; this process is known as brachytherapy. NYM also offers the MammoSite® Radiation Therapy System, which significantly reduces treatment time, and can target therapeutic radiation with great precision.
Also of benefit to breast cancer patients is NYM’s Lymphedema Program, which uses rehabilitative physical therapy to help counter the effects of lymphedema (the painful build up of fluid that is sometimes a side effect of breast surgery).
For more information, call 718. 246.8500.