One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Every woman’s breast cancer journey is unique. Guthrie’s accredited breast cancer program delivers individualized patient-centered care. We assist women in navigating through breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
Though breast cancer is most commonly thought of as a disease that affects women, it does occur in men. And while it is most common in older men, it can occur at any age. Learn more here.
Catching breast cancer in early stages, often before there are symptoms, through regular annual screening gives women the best chance of beating breast cancer. For most women, annual mammography is the best screening method. For women at higher risk, other types of screening and more frequent screening may be appropriate.
If a diagnostic evaluation is required, we help you schedule the next steps. You may need further imaging or a biopsy. Most biopsies can be done minimally invasively by a radiologist. Your evaluation may also include an appointment with a breast surgeon who will review results and help you develop a plan of care.
Researchers recommend all women with breast cancer diagnosis under age 66 be offered genetic testing
A study by researchers at Mayo Clinic published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggests that all women with a breast cancer diagnosis under the age of 66 be offered germline genetic testing to determine if they have a gene mutation known to increase the risk of developing other cancers and cancers among blood relatives.
Learn more in this article.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
- Nipple discharge
- Skin changes
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, talk to your primary care provider about your concerns. Or make an appointment with our breast specialist by calling 570-887-2854.
High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic
Certain factors put some women at high risk for breast cancer. Breast specialists at Guthrie’s High-Risk Breast Cancer Clinic help women assess their risk, plan the right types and frequency of screenings, and learn preventative measures. We also provide ongoing care and follow-up with a breast specialist.
Make heart care part of your cancer treatment
Did you know that cancer treatments, including radiation therapy, immunotherapy drugs and some chemotherapy, can affect your heart? Even if you’ve completed your treatment, you may be at risk of heart failure, narrowing or leaking heart valves, abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure or blockage of heart arteries that can lead to a heart attack.
The Guthrie Cardiac and Vascular Center offers specialized services for cancer patients, including:
• Echocardiogram with strain imaging to assess changes in heart function associated with cancer treatment
• Consultation with your oncology care team to determine possible modifications to your cancer treatment that may reduce your risk of heart problems
Cardiologist Najeeb Rehman, MD, FACC, FASE, FASNC provides cardio-oncology services at the Guthrie Big Flats location. To make an appointment for a consultation, call 866-GUTHRIE (866-488-4743).
Wherever you are in the treatment process, Guthrie can monitor your heart health so you can focus on your recovery.
This content is courtesy of Mayo Clinic. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. This relationship provides Guthrie with access to information, knowledge, and expertise from Mayo Clinic.