Breast Cancer Care
If you receive a diagnosis of breast cancer, take comfort in knowing the condition is very treatable, especially when caught early. At Virginia Hospital Center, you may benefit from treatments such as:
BioZorb® is a bio-absorbable marker that improves the precision of radiation treatment if you have early-stage breast cancer. Your doctor places this tiny, spiral-shaped marker at the tumor site at the time of lumpectomy. The marker helps your care team guide radiation therapy to the right spot after surgery. The radiation destroys any remaining cancer cells and helps prevent cancer from returning.
After radiation treatment, your body gradually absorbs the marker over about a year. While in place, it helps preserve the natural shape of your breast after a surgeon removes cancerous tissue.
Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
Your risk of breast cancer increases if you:
- Are over 50 years old
- Have had breast cancer
- Have a mother, grandmother or sister who has had breast cancer
- Began menstruation before you were 12 years old
- Stopped having periods after you were 55 years old
- Eat a diet high in fat
- Are very overweight
- Have never been pregnant
- Had your first baby after you were 30 years old
- Are on estrogen replacement therapy
Warning Signs of Breast Cancer
By performing monthly breast self-exams, you'll become familiar with the normal shape and feel of your breast, and you'll better detect any changes. Call your doctor if you notice:
- Thickening or swelling
- Dimpling or distortion
- Skin irritation or scaliness
- Nipple discharge or tenderness
- Change in size or color of the breast or nipple
- Lump in the breast or under the arm
Most breast lumps are harmless. But you should always tell your doctor about them. Learn how to protect your well-being with breast health services.
Place of Healing
Addressing the psychosocial need of breast cancer patients is an integral part of diagnosis, treatment, research and follow-up care the Cancer Resource Center at Virginia Hospital Center is a place of healing, specifically designed to address the questions, concerns, worries, fears and hopes that accompany every woman who is diagnosed. Nurses and social workers offer one-on-one care while support groups offer education - emotional support and friendship.