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We provide a complete range of the most advanced screening capabilities and diagnosis/treatment options with a focus on delivering innovative, comprehensive breast care services tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient.
Our talented medical team works together in a collaborative manner to prevent and treat a broad array of breast conditions with leading-edge technology-from 3D tomosynthesis mammography for early-detection screening to state-of-the-art imaging facilities for advanced treatment therapies. And, we are uniquely positioned as one of the only true private medical centers in Orange County to offer access to this full spectrum of services within a single facility.
Regular screening tests for breast cancer, such as an annual mammogram and a breast exam during your annual checkup, allow you and your doctor to ensure that your breasts are as healthy as they can be. Screening can also increase the likelihood that your doctor will find breast cancer early, which is when it’s most treatable.
3D Tomosynthesis Mammograms are used as a screening tool to detect early stage breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms and, to detect and diagnose breast disease in women experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge. Numerous studies have proven that early detection is the key to successful treatment of breast cancer.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures.
Screening ultrasound is a viable alternative to MRI for these women. When ultrasound is used for screening, many abnormalities can be seen that may require a biopsy but are not cancer (false positives), which limits its cost effectiveness.
If you have a family history of breast cancer on either your mother’s or father’s side, you might have a higher risk for developing breast cancer during your lifetime. For women who wish to be tested, we can now establish whether the two genes are normal or not.
People can have osteoporosis without any signs or symptoms. Because it is a disease that can be prevented and treated, an early diagnosis can make a difference. It is never too late at any age to take steps to protect your bones and prevent fractures (broken bones).
DIAGNOSIS / TREATMENT
Factors that may influence the type of treatment recommended include the specific characteristics of your cancer, the condition of your overall state of health and what the actual goal of the treatment is—to relieve the symptoms, cure your cancer or keep it from spreading.
A breast biopsy is a simple procedure that involves sampling tissue from an area of concern within the breast. As an alternative to open surgical biopsy, the Breast Center of Irvine offers minimally invasive breast biopsy procedures performed with ultrasound or mammographic guidance.
Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays).
Brachytherapy involves placing a radiation source within or close to the cancer. Using brachytherapy, doctors can reduce the radiation exposure to nearby normal tissues that do not need—and may be harmed by—radiation. Brachytherapy is used to treat many types of cancers, including prostate cancer and gynecologic cancers.
Radiation is an important and often necessary form of anti-cancer therapy because it is able to reduce the risk of recurrence after surgery. Although it’s quite possible that your surgeon removed all of the cancer, breast cancer surgery cannot guarantee that every last cancer cell has been eradicated from your body.
Decisions about surgery depend on many factors. You and your doctor will determine the kind of surgery that is most appropriate for you based upon the stage of the cancer, the type of the cancer, and what is acceptable to you in terms of your long-term peace of mind.
The combination PET/CT scanner is a major advance in imaging technology and patient care. As the name implies, it combines two scanners—the PET (Positron Emission Tomography), which shows metabolism and the function of cells, and the CT (Computed Tomography), which shows detailed anatomy—into one device.
When treating early-stage breast cancer, it’s fairly common for chemotherapy to be given after surgery, as soon as you recover. Doctors call this “adjuvant” chemotherapy because it is administered in addition to surgery, which is considered the primary treatment.