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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women, other than skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. That's why Texas Health Plano is dedicated to the prevention and advanced treatment of the disease. With leading-edge diagnostic services including breast MRI and a broad range of treatment options, the program reflects the hospital's commitment to women's health.

Medicine today offers breast cancer patients more treatment options and more hope for survival than ever before. A variety of technologically advanced techniques are available, along with care strategies selected for each woman and implemented by multidisciplinary teams of care providers led by physicians on the medical staff. Plus, breast cancer patients have the comfort of knowing their cases are reviewed by a broad spectrum of specialists and caregivers at our regular breast tumor conferences.

The Cancer Program at Texas Health Plano is dedicated to giving women a range of options and a voice during the course of care. Patients are able to work with the care team as decisions are made in order to give them a greater sense of control.

The program offers a full continuum of care, including:

Learn more about the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of breast cancer.

Genetic Testing Program
A referral can be made to the genetic counseling and testing program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas to help women identify risks and create a plan for monitoring her health. Program participants meet with a genetic counselor to review their personal and family history and to discuss any significant risk factors. The counselor discusses the role of genes in causing disease, disease risk, inheritance, genetic testing and monitoring options.

After talking with the counselor, if the program participant chooses to pursue genetic testing, blood is collected and sent for testing. A laboratory will analyze the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes in the blood. The vast majority of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers are due to a mutation in either the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. These mutations can be inherited from either a person's mother or father.

Once the lab analysis is complete, the program participant meets again with the genetics counselor to discuss the testing results and possible health implications. These test results can be shared with your physician to help make medical management decisions.

Benefits include:

  • Additional information regarding potential disease risks
  • Helps in the identification of medical management options for reducing your cancer risk
  • Health risk information that is potentially important for family members
  • Reduces anxiety and stress in many individuals

Limitations include:

  • Genetic testing does not detect all causes of hereditary cancer
  • A negative genetic test result is most helpful when there is a known mutation in the family
  • Not all genetic variations are fully understood at this time

Health Care Coverage
Most health insurance companies will pay for genetic testing. Anti-discrimination laws exist to protect patients from changes in health insurance coverage due to identification of a predisposition cancer gene mutation.

Both inpatient and outpatient chemotherapy services are offered at Texas Health Plano. Follow this link for more information on chemotherapy.

Reconstructive Surgery
Reconstructive surgery is used by physicians on the medical staff to restore a person's appearance or the function of an organ or body part after primary surgery. Physicians on the medical staff perform breast reconstruction for women who have had mastectomies.

Support Groups
At Texas Health Plano, we are dedicated to treating the whole patient — body, mind and spirit. All of our nurses are specially trained in caring for the special needs of cancer patients; whether it's a detailed explanation, a listening ear or simply a shoulder to lean on. Colorectal cancer patients will also find support for their journey in our American Cancer Society Resource Center, which offers a variety of educational materials.

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