Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a form of cancer that originates in the cells of the breast. Although it can occur in both men and women, it is far more common in women and is the second leading type of cancer, behind skin cancer, women battle today.

 

As a result of increased research funding, clinical studies and public awareness campaigns, breast cancer survival rates continue to rise as the number of deaths associated with the disease declines. Inspira invests in technology and provides services for prevention and early detection as well as the advanced treatment of breast cancer


Symptoms

It’s normal for a woman’s breasts to change during her lifetime. They can grow in size, change in texture and may become tender or painful, especially with breastfeeding or during menopause.

 

One of the most common indicators of breast cancer is the growth of a lump or mass in the breast. Other symptoms include:
  • Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
  • Nipple inversion (turning inward)
  • Pain in the breast or nipple
  • Redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • Skin irritation
  • Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)

If you are concerned about changes to the look or feel of your breasts or have found an area that concerns you, schedule an appointment with your Inspira doctor.

Screening

The goal of breast cancer screening is to detect cancer at the earliest possible stage, which is when it is most treatable. There are three primary ways to complete a breast screening:


According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), women between the ages of 50 and 74 who are at average risk for breast cancer should get a mammogram every two years. Women between the ages of 40 and 49 should talk to their doctor about screening options, including when to start and how often to get a mammogram. Self-exams, which can be performed at virtually any age, can be an especially helpful tool when practiced in conjunction with routine clinical exams and mammograms.

 

Inspira also offers genetic testing to determine a woman’s risk of breast cancer based on inherited factors, including common gene mutations. The BRCA gene test, for example, uses DNA analysis to uncover these potential mutations so you can better understand your hereditary cancer risk. Inspira patients who undergo genetic testing are also provided genetic counseling to help you make decisions about your health.

 

Inspira’s High Risk Cancer Program combines innovative technology with our staff’s expertise to evaluate the hereditary risk of all patients who receive a mammogram at an Inspira Imaging Center. If you are determined to have an elevated hereditary risk for breast or other cancers, you can be referred to the program.

 

 

Biopsies, which are key in the early detection of breast cancer, are performed at our Breast Centers at The Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion at Inspira Medical Center Vineland and at Mullica Hill. When screening leads to the need for a biopsy, Inspira can offer same day appointments, when appropriate, to reduce the stress of waiting for answers.

If surgery is needed, Inspira, utilizes SAVI SCOUT® technology whenever possible. This passive device, which is roughly the size of a grain of rice, is implanted conveniently at our biopsy locations any day prior to surgery. During surgery, SCOUT® helps surgeons locate tumors, therefore sparing healthy breast tissue. In addition to sparing healthy breast tissue, this technology increases patient comfort and decreases procedure time.

Treatment

When it comes to breast cancer treatment, patients have more options today than ever before. Inspira’s holistic approach enables our oncologists to look at your overall wellbeing and health history so that when a treatment method is selected, it has the highest chance of producing a favorable outcome. Factors such as your age, genetic makeup, family history and other health conditions all play a part in how you will be treated.  

 

Depending on different factors, there are several treatment options you and your doctor may choose to explore:


If you’d like more information about your or a loved one’s cancer care, or to receive a second opinion about a diagnosis, call 1-800-INSPIRA.

 

Why Choose Inspira?

Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Breast Cancer Treatment

Inspira’s Breast Cancer Program includes a nationally accredited Breast Center in the Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion at Inspira Medical Center Vineland. The Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons that recognizes centers that provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review.

Advanced Imaging Technology

Early detection saves lives. It’s why we put so much emphasis on having the most innovative breast imaging and screening devices available for our breast cancer patients. Our local imaging centers provide access to digital and 3D mammograms, non-invasive ultrasound machines and breast MRI, among other technologies. When cancer is suspected, women can move forward quickly through diagnostic imaging, and if needed, biopsy. Our goal is to reduce your stress whenever possible.

Multidisciplinary Cancer Team and Treatment Plans

Inspira offers a multidisciplinary breast cancer team that meets regularly to discuss each patient’s treatment plan and progress. The team includes medical and radiation oncologists, breast surgeons, pathologists, radiologists and specialists in reconstructive plastic surgery, along with navigators, social workers, genetic counselors, registered dietitians, physical therapists and behavioral health specialists.

Breast Health Navigators and Other Support Programs

Our navigators connect with women when they have an abnormal mammogram, breast changes or lumps. They continue to work with every woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer to support her physical and emotional needs through treatment and survivorship. Navigators are strong advocates ensuring care coordination and managing relationships with multiple specialists involved in a patient’s care. Inspira also offers ongoing distress screening/counseling and a physical rehabilitation program that can begin before treatment to improve outcomes.