Breast Health

With regular examinations for the early detection of breast cancer and more treatment options than ever before, survival rates are increasing. USMD provides all the necessary screenings and procedures for you to take control of your breast health.

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, you might not be sure how to identify physician specialists who meet your needs and what appointments you should schedule. That’s why USMD started the Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator program. Our goal is to make sure you have the support, guidance and resources you need to navigate the healthcare system. To find out more about the hospital's Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator Program click here.

Please call USMD Imaging Center for Breast Health at 817-505-1777 to schedule your mammogram.

Biopsy Procedures
If your healthcare provider discovers a suspicious area, calcification or lump, a biopsy may be used to analyze the condition.

Surgical Biopsy 
Sometimes a lump or suspicious area has to be removed surgically and examined under a microscope to determine if cancer is present. Usually this can be done on an outpatient basis, with either local or general anesthesia.

Stereotactic Biopsy
The stereotactic breast biopsy is a safe and minimally invasive alternative to open or surgical biopsy. A sample of suspect breast tissue is located with a computer-guided imaging system and removed with a needle. The procedure is completed on an outpatient basis with a minimum of discomfort and recovery time – the patient can resume normal activity immediately following the procedure, with only a small adhesive strip to cover the needle insertion site, and there is no significant scarring of the breast.

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Treatment Options 
The majority of women with breast cancer will undergo surgery as part of their cancer treatment. Breast cancer treatment depends on a variety of factors, including the size and location of the tumor, the stage of the cancer, and results of laboratory tests.

Lumpectomy 
With a lumpectomy, your surgeon removes only the cancerous area and some of the surrounding breast tissue. Most women who have lumpectomies will also have a course of radiation therapy after their surgery.

Mastectomy
Depending on the type of cancer you have, the standard treatment may be a mastectomy. However, today's surgeons have less radical, more cosmetically acceptable options for mastectomy than in years past.

  • Simple or Total Mastectomy – The entire breast is removed, but the surgeon does not take out any lymph nodes in the underarm area or any muscles under the breast.
  • Modified Radical Mastectomy – The entire breast is removed along with some underarm lymph nodes.
  • Radical Mastectomy – The entire breast is removed along with all the underarm lymph nodes and chest wall muscles under the breast. Although this once was the common treatment for all breast cancers, the radical mastectomy today is usually only performed when cancer has spread to the chest muscles.

Reconstruction
Most women who have had a mastectomy are candidates for breast reconstruction, where a plastic surgeon rebuilds the breast shape as well as the nipple and areola, if desired.

  • Implant Procedures – Generally, you have the option of either a saline-filled implant or silicone gel-filled implant. There are other types of implants filled with different materials, but these are available only in clinical trials.
  • Tissue Expansion – A balloon-like device is used to create a space in which a breast implant is placed to recreate breast volume.
  • Flap Reconstruction – The plastic surgeon may use tissue from elsewhere on your body, such as the abdomen or back, to reconstruct the breast shape.
  • Nipple and Areola Reconstruction – This is an optional, separate procedure done after the reconstructed breast has had time to heal. The tissue to create the nipple can be taken from the reconstructed breast or elsewhere on the body, and tattooing recreates the areola, or dark skin around the nipple.

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