One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Franciscan St. Francis Health provides you a full range of breast health services, from screening digital mammography to diagnostic procedures to advanced treatment for breast cancer.
We understand that a diagnosis of breast cancer leads to a lot of questions and you want answers now, not weeks from now. That is why we schedule appointments for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients within 72 hours.
Developing an effective treatment plan for breast cancer involves input from a variety of physicians and other specialists. Led by breast surgeon Erika Rager, MD, MPH, our multidisciplinary Breast Clinic brings together a team of leading breast cancer experts in surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, radiology, genetic counseling and other specialties. Together, they design personalized treatment plans for every patient using the most innovative and advanced breast cancer treatments available today.
Franciscan St. Francis Health has also streamlined the process for patients and their families. At our Breast Clinic, we bring our nationally recognized team of physicians to you. Patients see the entire team in one visit and in one convenient location, saving them several weeks of waiting and traveling to multiple office appointments and locations. This approach ensures the best possible treatment plan is designed quickly in partnership with the patient and her family.
Why choose Franciscan St. Francis Health for your breast cancer care?
Dedicated Breast Surgeon
Once you have been told that you have breast cancer or might have breast cancer, you will be referred to a surgeon. There are many doctors who perform breast cancer surgery, but most do not specialize in breast cancer and may only perform a handful of cases a year. Erika Rager, MD, MPH,is a dedicated breast surgeon and specializes in breast cancer performing a large volume of breast cancer surgeries each year.
Extensive Research and Clinical Trials
Research coordinators participate on the Breast Clinic team ensuring participation in clinical research is considered for all patients. This allows us to offer our patients access to advanced treatment options not available with standard care.
Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Our breast and plastic surgeons are experts in breast surgical oncology. Plastic and reconstructive surgeons participate as part of our Breast Clinic team; helping create personalized treatment plans to give women the best cosmetic results and options.
Specialized Breast Imaging
Franciscan St. Francis Health provides a complete range of breast imaging for screenings and diagnostic evaluations, including digital mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI and minimally invasive stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsy techniques to detect and diagnose breast diseases earlier. Specialized breast radiologists read and interpret the mammograms utilizing state-of-the-art Computer-Assisted Detection (CAD) to aid in the earliest possible detection of breast cancer. If you need follow-up exams or tests, such as breast MRI ultrasound or biopsy, we provide all the services you will need in one convenient location.
Hereditary Cancer Program
5 to 10 percent of all cancer is hereditary and caused by a genetic change that is passed from generation to generation within a family. Breast cancers are one of the most common hereditary cancers. Our program offers genetic counseling and testing for patients and their families.
Breast Nurse Navigator
A dedicated breast cancer nurse navigator supports our patients and their families. The navigator helps guide patients on a one-on-one basis along the path from diagnosis through treatment.
The Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator serves as the point person for the Breast Clinic team, reviewing the patient’s history and making appropriate appointments based on the patient’s needs and the team’s treatment plan.
Radiation Therapy Expertise
Our radiation oncology team is one of the most experienced in the state. The team utilizes the most advanced technology available today, including Contura and Mammosite partial breast irradiation.
For more information or to schedule an appointment,
To contact the Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator or to schedule an appointment at the Franciscan St. Francis Health Breast Cancer Center, call (317) 528-1420.