According to the American Cancer Society, the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is one in eight.
Focused on patient education, prevention, early detection and treatment, the Breast Center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is coordinated by experienced nurses and physicians on the medical staff, including radiologists and breast surgeons on campus.
Patient education includes:
- Breast health navigation
- Private Breast Center education area
- Breast self-exam education and instruction
- Women's health seminars
- Free community programs
In the Breast Center’s warm and supportive atmosphere, women can find comprehensive breast care services as well as support and care guidance from a breast health navigator, an advanced nurse practitioner. The Breast Center’s medical director is a breast surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Allen.
From full-field digital mammography to minimally invasive treatment, advanced imaging services can detect small cancers earlier than when using conventional film technology.
Advanced imaging and other services include:
- Breast cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling
- 3D breast MRI and MRI-guided biopsy
- Breast ultrasound to detect and classify breast abnormalities in some women
- Screening and digital mammography for early detection
- Stereotactic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy to determine whether a breast lump is cancerous
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Every woman wants to age with grace while maintaining health. With that focus in mind, the Breast Center also offers services related to the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, including:
- Patient education to help prevent fractures
- Bone densitometry to measure bone mineral density (BMD) and help detect osteoporosis
- Osteoporosis support group
The retail boutique at Texas Health Allen carries a selection of distinctive gifts and a wide range of functional products, including skin care items, nutrition supplements, wigs and prostheses (with a certified fitter). A portion of the proceeds from the boutique go to funding diagnostic care for uninsured women in Collin County.
Texas Health Allen provides education and access to a range of treatment alternatives and surgical options. For women planning breast surgery, fellowship trained breast surgeons are on the medical staff.
When possible, surgeons on the medical staff will strive to preserve as much of the breast tissue as possible through lumpectomy (removal of the tumor with a rim of normal tissue). In certain instances, mastectomy (removal of the breast) is required.
Breast Reconstruction and Cosmetic Surgery
Breast cancer patients who have mastectomy have options including breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery for breast restoration. Breast reconstruction surgery may be immediate (performed at the time of the mastectomy) or delayed (performed four months or more after mastectomy) as a separate operation.
Because breast reconstruction is often an important part of a woman's total recovery, reconstructive surgeons on the medical staff offer advanced treatment and attentive, personal care.
Find a physician or breast surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Allen and make an appointment.
For more information about Breast Care services, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).