St. Clair Hospital’s Breast Care Center offers education, early detection, treatment services and the most advanced diagnostic imaging technology in an environment of comfort and convenience. Our experienced and dedicated breast surgeons and diagnostic radiologists read more than 12,000 mammograms a year. The Breast Care Center’s team of experts consist of two breast surgeons, two plastic/reconstructive surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists affiliated with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, radiologists, pathologists, and nurse navigators that help guide patient care and treatment through every step.
The St. Clair Hospital Breast Care Center specialists work with a multidisciplinary, team-based approach so that our program can provide comprehensive and patient-centered care with clear communication through each service line.
Our breast care center offers a range of personalized treatment options. Your cancer team will guide you through every step and be there for education, questions and support. This attention ensures you are receiving effective treatment, with peace of mind, while living the best quality of life. Learn more diagnostic tools, treatment options, and survivorship resources below.
Diagnostic tools are tests or procedures that are used to discover breast cancer or benign (non-cancer) breast conditions. It may take several of these tests to get a precise diagnosis and this process is critical in creating a personalized care plan for the patient. It is our goal to guide each patient through the process and reduce wait time between these steps.
Oncologic breast surgery aims to remove cancerous growth from the breast and/or regional lymph nodes. St. Clair’s surgical team has the technical expertise to perform the most advanced surgical and minimally invasive procedures.
Partial Mastectomy – This breast conserving surgery is commonly referred to as a “Lumpectomy.” It involves removing the cancerous tissue from the breast through a small incision while leaving the remainder of the healthy breast intact. It allows patients to maintain the overall appearance of their breast with as minimal change as possible.
Our breast reconstruction experts specialize in surgically recreating natural-looking breasts to help you maintain your body image and quality of life. Your plastic surgeon will work with you and your breast oncologic surgeon to develop a personalized plan that helps you achieve your breast reconstruction goals. We offer the latest techniques in breast reconstruction, including:
Systemic (medication based) treatments may be another option to help prevent the recurrence and/or spread of certain types of breast cancer. These may be a part of your breast cancer treatment plan. These medications can be given before or after breast cancer surgery to help prevent breast cancer cells from showing up in other areas of the body. This is called distant metastasis. These medications may also be used if distant metastasis has already occurred. Our Medical Oncologists are responsible for selecting a patient’s customized medical care regimen once they have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Radiation Oncology uses high-powered energy beams (i.e., X-rays) to shrink or kill cancerous tumors while preserving healthy surrounding tissue. Radiation to the breast is commonly recommended after a partial mastectomy to help prevent the cancer from returning in the breast tissue. It is occasionally used after a total mastectomy and/or for palliation of symptomatic breast tumors. The St. Clair Hospital Cancer Center Affiliated with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center has two state-of-the-art linear accelerators that deliver advanced treatments, including:
A Radiation Oncologist is responsible for selecting the patient’s customized, radiation treatment regimen. We participate in national and institutional based breast cancer clinical trials evaluating ways to improve the use of radiotherapy for breast cancer.
Survivorship focuses on the health and well-being of a person with breast cancer. An overall goal of survivorship is to assist patients in learning more about health issues that may occur following completion of their breast cancer treatment and strategies to address these issues and concerns. In addition, there is information on the various steps that can be taken to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
To schedule your appointment at the St. Clair Hospital Breast Care Center, please call the specific service department below:
Village Square Outpatient Center
2000 Oxford Drive
Bethel Park, PA 15102
Peters Township Outpatient Center
3928 Washington Road
McMurray, PA 15317
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