Breast Cancer Treatment
Breast preservation is our number one goal for our patients
ATEC stands for Automatic Tissue Extraction and Collection. It is a vacuum system utilizing a small needle and a small incision to collect tissue from the breast. Using a 1/8th inch incision within seconds a breast lesion can be sampled and many times completely removed. It is infrequent for women to feel any discomfort during the procedure. For more information please visit Suros Surgical Systems.
Breast Preservation: We use plastic surgical techniques to minimize the change to the breast in removing lesions.
Biozorb® is a 3-D bio-absorbable marker that identifies the surgical area of tissue removal. This is useful when physicians plan radiation treatment and monitor the area of surgery over time. Since Biozorb® can assist in marking the site where cancer was removed, it can help identify important areas in the breast for radiation therapy and follow-up mammograms. For more information please visit Biozorb®
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
A Sentinel lymph node is defined as the 1st lymph node to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from a primary tumor. This procedure identifies the sentinel lymph node, removes it and examines it for cancer cells. The benefits of an SLNB are allowing doctors to stage cancer and estimate the risk that the tumor cells have the ability to spread. Additionally, it may help prevent some patients from having more extensive lymph node surgery.
further options: For personal, genetic, or health related issues some patients require a different route of care. We work with plastic surgeons when more extensive surgery is required.
A simple mastectomy removes the breast tissue, nipple, areola and skin but not all the lymph nodes.
Modified Radical Mastectomy
The modified radical mastectomy is less traumatic and more widely used procedure. The entire breast is removed as well as the underarm lymph nodes but chest muscles are left in tact. The procedure may be followed with breast reconstruction