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Breast Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment

Breast Center

Helping You Make Informed Decisions

The Rochester Regional Health Breast Center offers the full range of breast cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment options, offered by some of the region's most respected experts in breast cancer care.

If you have a breast cancer diagnosis, our team will take the time to explain your diagnosis and the treatment options available to you, so you can make informed decisions with your medical team.

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Breast Cancer Diagnosis

When it comes to breast cancer, every patient needs and deserves answers as quickly as possible. Rochester Regional Health's experts in genetic counseling, pathology, cytology, and diagnostic imaging aim for same-day test results whenever possible, because the quicker we have answers, the faster we can plan for treatment.

Our Breast Center provides access to some of the latest technologies in genetic counseling and testing, imaging, and minimally invasive diagnostic testing, including:


Stages of Breast Cancer

Stages of breast cancer are used to describe how extensive the breast cancer is, including the size of the tumor, the location, and whether it has spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body. This information helps our doctors determine the best course for personalized treatment.

Stage 0 – Carcinoma in Situ: Abnormal cells are present but have not spread to surrounding tissue. This stage is considered non-invasive or pre-cancerous.

Stage I – Early stage: Cancer cells have begun to spread to a small portion of surrounding tissue, but not outside of the breast.

Stage II – Localized: Cancer cells have spread beyond the original location, but are contained to surrounding breast tissue or lymph nodes.

Stage III – Regional Spread: Cancer cells have extended beyond the immediate region of the tumor and may have invaded nearby lymph nodes and muscles.

Stage IV – Metastatic Breast Cancer: Cancer cells have spread to other areas of the body, such as the brain, bones, lungs, or liver.

Breast cancer is also classified according to other characteristics. These include how sensitive the cancer is to estrogen and progesterone as well as to the level of certain proteins that play a role in breast cancer growth, such as HER2. It is also classified by the cancer’s genetic makeup.


Breast Cancer Treatment

Rochester Regional Health’s Breast Center partners with the cancer experts at Lipson Cancer Institute, putting patient care at the heart of our mission and the forefront of breast cancer treatments and research. Breast cancer care plans are individualized to your unique health history, lifestyle, goals, and cancer type, but may include:

  • Medical therapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
    • Lumpectomy - Our surgeons may recommend a lumpectomy for early-stage breast cancer or as a preventative measure. This procedure involves removing abnormal tissue and a small area of surrounding healthy tissue. The tissue is analyzed by a specialized breast cancer pathologist.
    • Mastectomy - Patients with advanced cancer or a high risk of breast cancer may require or choose to have a mastectomy. During this surgery, we remove all the tissue from one or both breasts. Our surgeons perform mastectomies both with and without breast reconstruction. Whenever possible, we conserve the skin, areola, and nipple (nipple sparing mastectomy) to assist with reconstruction.

If breast reconstruction is required to restore the appearance of your breasts after a lumpectomy or mastectomy, our breast surgeons will work together with our highly experienced plastic surgeons.

  • Hidden Scar Surgery - an advanced approach in which surgeons remove cancerous tissue through a single incision, minimizing visible scarring and preserving the shape and appearance of both the breast and the nipple.
  • Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) - an innovative surgical approach of providing radiation therapy during breast cancer surgery, in which a single session of low-energy, high-dose targeted radiation is administered directly into the tumor site at the time of lumpectomy.
  • SaviScout - a surgical guidance system that uses electromagnetic waves and a reflector system to localize the tumor without the need for wires. This allows for better precision during surgery and better surgical planning that may reduce the amount of tissue that needs to be removed.
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Integrated Cancer Services

The breast cancer care you need. The support you deserve.

We understand that caring for breast cancer goes beyond just the treatment – there are physical, emotional, and financial aspects that come with it. That’s why we see deeper than a patient’s diagnosis and offer a range of specialized programs that help treat the mind, body, and soul before, during, and after cancer.

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If you have questions, concerns, or would like more information on the breast services offered at the Breast Center, please contact us at 585.922.4715.