Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care
At Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care, we provide expert service when it comes to diagnosis, surgery and long-term follow-up care for breast cancer and other breast diseases. We can help with:
- Breast surgery
- Genetic testing if there's a family history of breast disease
- Abnormal mammograms
- Education, screening and treatment
- Long-term monitoring and follow-up care
- Special considerations for patients at high risk for breast cancer
Contact Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care
Receive expert diagnosis, surgery and long-term follow-up care for breast cancer and other breast conditions at Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care. You can reach us at:
Our dedicated team has more than 30 years of experience in breast surgery and treatment. Our surgeons and physicians are supported by a team of registered nurses and radiologists with extensive training and capabilities. Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care, is a department of Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center.
Discover more reasons to choose Avera for all of your breast care needs.
Breast Cancer Screening
Starting at age 40, you should schedule a mammogram every year. This screening, in addition to self-breast exams, will help detect breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage. Avera offers digital and 3-D mammograms, which detect changes in the breast that may indicate early signs of cancer too small or subtle to be felt by self-exams. When additional testing is needed, Avera has a full range of breast imaging technology, including contrast enhanced spectral mammography (CESM), breast ultrasound, breast MRI and more.
Advanced Breast Surgery
Lumpectomy is also called partial mastectomy or breast-conserving therapy (BCT). This is surgery to remove breast cancer or other lump in the breast, along with some surrounding tissue. A lumpectomy is usually followed by radiation therapy and chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or both. Women usually do not need breast reconstruction after lumpectomy. It can have the same cure rate as mastectomy.
With oncoplasty, the breast surgeon and plastic surgeon communicate and collaborate right from the start. They consider the extent of cancer surgery needed, the patient’s breast size and shape, and potential reconstruction techniques so the breasts will match. The result is an artful blend of plastic surgery and complete cancer removal. It aims to provide the most favorable cosmetic outcome with optimal control in the treatment of breast cancer.
Innovative Breast Cancer Procedures
Electron-based IntraOperative Radiation Therapy
Avera is one of eight cancer centers in the U.S. using electron-based intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT). We can treat the tumor during surgery, which may reduce or eliminate the need for radiation afterward. Best of all, you can feel and look like yourself again sooner.
At the same time of lumpectomy, the radiation oncologist directs the radiation dose directly to the area where the tumor used to be. This immediate treatment of tumor site helps kill cancer cells before they can spread.
IORT, an option for women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, can either shorten the course of whole breast radiation therapy or eliminate the need for additional radiation therapy after surgery. Plus, direct treatment to the tumor site means less exposure to healthy tissue and skin.
L-DEX for Early Diagnosis of Lymphedema
Lymphedema occurs when lymph fluid builds up under the skin, causing tightness and swelling. It can develop after lymph nodes are removed or damaged during breast cancer treatment. Lymphedema can cause pain, reduced mobility, impaired function and recurring infection. L-DEX is non-invasive technology that monitors changes in the lymph fluid before symptoms can be felt. L-DEX analysis allows the physician to be proactive with treatment before long-term damage occurs.
Excellent Career & Volunteer Opportunities
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Avera also offers many classes for health care professionals and other opportunities for health care professionals, including programs for pharmacy residency, radiologic technology and emergency medical services.