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Cancer and Blood Care

A Walk Through Breast Cancer with Us

You’ve probably heard this statistic: One in eight women will get breast cancer.

For women, breast cancer is the second most frequent cause of death for women in the U.S., following lung cancer. Skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among American women. Men can get breast cancer, too, although it’s not very common.

  • Learn how breast cancer is treated at TriHealth.
  • Learn about the stages of breast cancer.
  • Breast Cancer Risk Factors.
  • Breast Health Information.

How Breast Cancer Develops

Cancer begins when the body starts to produce abnormal cells. Our bodies typically create new cells whenever they are needed, but sometimes the cells grow out of control and look unlike normal cells. They form a mass called a tumor. If the cells in the tumor are like regular healthy cells, the tumor is called benign. If the cells are unlike regular healthy cells, they are called malignant.

As in all cancers, the body site where these abnormal cells come from gives its name to the cancer. So if you have breast cancer, the abnormal cells started in your breast. Just as other cancers, these cells can invade other areas and create new tumors. This spread is called metastasis.

Your Screening

Your first day with us starts with your screening. For many this is where the process ends. The screening is pronounced normal and we see you in a year. For some, abnormalities are found and you are called back for diagnostic testing. This testing takes place within one week of our finding any abnormalities.

Your Diagnostic Testing

This generally involves a follow up mammogram or an ultrasound. This is often a nervous time. Our imaging coordinators work with you. Our coordinators have worked with patients for years and understand that the process can be fraught with anxiety. Our team is at-the-ready to anticipate all of your concerns.

Your Biopsy

If there are any questions from diagnostic testing, we then order a biopsy. This happens quickly (with 72 hours of the diagnostic testing) Once your biopsy occurs, a lead nurse navigator will call you directly with results.

Our nurse navigators make it their personal mission to explain what to expect next. They have worked with patients for years and have given our center the reputation for personal care. You will have your own nurse navigator providing valet service to you throughout your time with us.

Navigators are a patient’s first line of contact following a diagnosis,” says Tina German, R.N., a certified breast patient navigator. “My job is to guide patients on their journey to survivorship.”

After a positive biopsy, within 48 hours, you will be matched with and visit one of our breast surgeons.


80 percent of our patients remain in remission. During this time, our nurse navigators provide guidance to help you stay healthy and a synopsis of what to expect. From the day you walk through our doors until THIS day is often about six to eight months without chemotherapy and about ten months with chemotherapy.
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Schedule a mammogram 513 569 6777
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