your breast care experience at St. Francis Medical Center and Cancer Institute
Your experience with breast care at St. Francis Medical Center will likely start with receiving your annual screening mammogram (typically at 40 years of age or older) or if you or your primary care physician discovers something unusual in your breast that requires further assessment.
The Breast Team at St. Francis strives to offer our screening patients appointments on the same day or next day, if desired. While the majority of breast screening mammograms are benign, if something abnormal is found during the initial mammogram, we work closely with you to quickly schedule any additional testing and provide you with definitive results, benign or cancerous, in less than a week in many cases. This may include additional mammogram views, a breast ultrasound, breast MRI or breast biopsy. If the results indicate a breast cancer is found, St. Francis Medical Center has a unique team of breast physicians and other health providers ready to support you from the moment of your diagnosis.
Your cancer care experience will begin with an introduction to your Breast Cancer Navigator, Janet Cole, RN/OCN, who is ready to support your physical and emotional needs throughout your journey through treatment and back to health.
Before you start treatment, your care plan may be reviewed by our multidisciplinary breast cancer team. The team includes every specialty that may be necessary for your care:
- Oncology nurse navigator
- Breast surgeons
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Plastic surgeons
- Clinical trials coordinator
The team will review your diagnosis and consider all the latest options for your treatment that meet national guidelines for cancer care and follow-up care, which might include breast surgery, chemotherapy or hormone therapy, external beam radiation therapy or brachytherapy, such as Mammo Site. Clinical trials eligibility will be assessed as a potential treatment option.
Once the team has fully considered your particular cancer and have reached consensus on the options that make the most sense for you, your physician will confer with you. Together, you will choose a treatment plan that makes the most sense for you. Depending on your personal and family history, you may wish to consider genetics counseling to further inform your care decision and other potential cancer risks to you or your family members.
As you proceed through the care process, several supportive services will be available to you to enhance and improve your care experience. These can include rehabilitation or lymphedema care, nutrition counseling, the Breast Cancer Support Group, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga and more. Our Breast Cancer Navigator will help you to understand your treatment process and assist you with access to any supportive care needs you may have.
At the conclusion of your breast cancer treatment, your physician will provide you with a written survivorship care plan. This will include a summary of your cancer treatments, your follow-up care plan, and other important information to be aware of as you return to health.
The following services are available to all breast patients at St. Francis Medical Center, St. Francis Cancer Institute and the Virginia Breast Center:
- State-of-the-art Digital Mammography
- Stereotactic Biopsy
- Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Bone Density Scans
- Genetics Screening and Testing
- Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction
- Total and Partial Breast Irradiation, including MammoSite
- Lymphedema Care
- Breast Cancer Navigator
- Palliative Care
- Pet Therapy
- Hospice Care
- Reflections Wellness Boutique
- Cancer Patient Resource Center
- Cancer Rehabilitation Services
- Monthly Breast Cancer Support Groups
- Massage Therapy