Breast Cancer Treatments
Asplundh Cancer Pavilion
We use the newest approaches to achieve the best results. Our highly skilled specialists excel at breast cancer treatments and conduct clinical trials, helping patients access innovative therapies.
The Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons, gave us its 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award for cancer treatment excellence.
Breast Cancer Surgery
Our expert breast surgeons perform breast-sparing surgery (lumpectomy) to preserve breast tissue and ease recovery. More than half of our breast cancer patients have this breast-conserving treatment, well above the national average.
Mastectomy removes the whole breast; breast reconstruction rebuilds it. Our plastic surgery specialists use the latest reconstruction techniques with natural tissue flaps, silicone or saline implants, or a combination. Our team is experienced with skin-sparing mastectomy. Microsurgical Free Flap Reconstruction is offered through our collaboration with Jefferson plastic surgeons.
Before performing lumpectomy or mastectomy, we conduct sentinel lymph node biopsy to limit removal of healthy nodes and reduce lymphedema risk.
Oncotype DX Test
The Oncotype DX Test is a genomic test that provides doctors with very important information to guide how a patient’s individual breast cancer will be treated. It measures a group of cancer-related genes in the breast tumor tissue, providing important information about the tumor’s biology to help determine if chemotherapy is necessary.
Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
A whole body treatment, chemotherapy destroys breast cancer cells. It may be given as outpatient or inpatient treatment. Our medical oncologists and nurses educate patients about what to expect during chemotherapy and provide help in managing side effects.
Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
Our radiation oncologists are highly experienced in all aspects of breast cancer treatment, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). These treatments deliver high-powered, focused radiation to avoid healthy areas.
Accelerated partial breast irradiation may be used after lumpectomy for some women. This method delivers radiation by internal brachytherapy twice daily for five days, instead of the usual six weeks of standard radiation treatment.
In 2012, the American College of Radiology (ACR) and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) awarded the ACR-ASTRO seal of accreditation to The Rosenfeld Cancer Center for the highest level of quality care and patient safety in radiation therapy.
Breast Cancer Hormonal Therapy
Women whose diagnostic tests show they have hormone-positive breast cancer may receive hormonal therapy, such as tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors. These lower the risk of breast cancer returning. Other hormonal treatments also may be used.
Targeted Therapy for Breast Cancer
Some treatments target molecules involved in cancer growth. Targeted therapy can block the growth factor HER2, which is present in some breast cancers and identified during testing.
Before starting any cancer treatment, talk with your oncologist about whether the therapy could affect your fertility. Our reproductive endocrinologists help with fertility preservation before cancer treatment or appropriate infertility treatment if cancer therapy has already been given.