Quality care in a soothing environment – that’s what you can expect if you or your loved ones are receiving screening, diagnosis or breast cancer treatment through the TriHealth Cancer Institute. Our dedicated experts use state-of-the-art technology and evidence-based practices to provide the best possible outcomes.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you and your doctor will come up with a treatment plan. Normally, a treatment plan comes within a few weeks of the diagnosis.
Treatment recommendations take many aspects into consideration, including:
Treatments can take a local or systemic approach, or a combination of both. Local treatments –surgery and radiation – aim to wipe out, remove or control the cancer cells in a certain area.
Systemic approaches, on the other hand, attack cancer cells throughout the body. Chemotherapy and hormone therapy are both systemic treatments. Your doctor and treatment team will review with you their recommendations for an approach that is geared to your specific diagnosis.
From preventive mammography services to certified nurse navigators who guide you through your treatment, recovery and survivorship, we offer comprehensive breast care services at convenient locations throughout the city.
“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.”
In some instances, chemotherapy is ordered prior to your surgery. Importantly, TriHealth Cancer Institute provides a true multidisciplinary treatment clinic. This means that all specialties are in the same room as we mutually recommend care decisions for you. This includes surgery, nutrition, genetics, chemotherapy and radiation.
Not all patients receive chemotherapy.
Many patients receive radiation within about four to six weeks after surgery. There are two types of radiation; intraoperative that occurs during surgery and standard radiation that occurs for about six days per week at one of our convenient locations (Kenwood, Good Samaritan Hospital or our Medi-Center at the Bethesda North Hospital Campus).
Some individuals are hormone positive. Our lead geneticists work with you and will recommend an appropriate endocrine therapy. This process suppresses estrogen and often becomes part of your life for five years. It also decreases your chances of a return of cancer.
Tests can determine if the cancer is sensitive to estrogen or progesterone. If the test is positive, it means that the cancer cells grow when one or both of these hormones are present. You may be given a hormone blocker (a pill) that prevents your body's natural hormones from reaching the cancer.
Once you are through treatment and surgery, your surgeon follows up. This provides further options regarding surgery, reconstruction and your prognosis.
Many women choose to have reconstructive cosmetic surgery after breast cancer treatments. We offer: