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At Norton Cancer Institute, we know how scary and stressful a diagnosis of breast cancer can feel. But you can rest assured our Breast Health Program offers everything you need to face your condition with confidence.
Our dedicated breast health care team is skilled in the most advanced techniques available. We will devise a personalized plan of care for you, based on the type and stage of your tumor and overall treatment goals. Plus, you have access to leading national breast cancer clinical trials right here in Louisville, as well as a suite of cancer support services to keep you informed and empowered every step of the way.
Learn more about our comprehensive breast cancer treatment options below. To make an appointment with a skilled specialist, call (502) 629-HOPE (4440).
Norton Cancer Institute patients who receive a breast cancer diagnosis now have the option to be seen by multiple specialists the same day through a Breast Multidisciplinary Clinic. The multidisciplinary setting offers the convenience of fewer appointments, thereby reducing travel and time in beginning next steps in their care.
Patients’ cases are presented to a group of multidisciplinary providers, and treatment plans are discussed in the Breast Tumor Board. This allows the treating provider to ensure all options are considered prior to the course of treatment.
A Norton Cancer Institute patient navigator supports each patient along their journey, every step of the way.
At Norton Specialty Pharmacy, patients receive regular consultations on their medications and treatment plan, making sure they get their prescriptions quickly and accurately. Our specialty pharmacists collaborate closely with your oncology team.
Surgery is used to remove a tumor from the breast, check for lymph node involvement and reconstruct the breast. The type of surgery depends on the patient, and type, size and location of the tumor.
The goal of radiation therapy is to kill cancer cells and prevent recurrence of the disease using X-rays and other types of radiation.
Chemotherapy is used to kill cancer cells with medicines delivered in varied cycles through either an IV or a pill. It may be used to shrink a tumor before surgery, to kill cancer cells that remain in the body after surgery or radiation or to treat tumors that have developed in other areas of the body.
This type of therapy uses medications to stop the growth of cancer cells that rely on hormones. It may be used to decrease the chance of cancer returning or a new cancer developing after surgery. It also can be used to treat cancer that has spread. Hormonal therapy often is taken as a daily pill, with treatment continuing for several years or as long as it appears to be working if it is being taken for active disease.
Genomic tests, or gene expression testing, look at a specific tumor’s genes to help determine what’s driving its growth. These are not the same as genetic tests that determine inherited risk or genetic predisposition for developing cancer. The size of the tumor, lymph node involvement, hormone receptor status of the cancer and the tumor’s own genomic profile help the physician make the right treatment decision for the specific type of cancer.
Reconstruction takes place either at the time of or following a mastectomy.
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