The Vanderbilt Breast Center offers comprehensive care
January 28, 2016
Vanderbilt recommends yearly breast exams and mammograms for women 40 years and older. The center offers advanced imaging technology and tomosynthesis mammography, which creates a three-dimensional image of breast tissue. The center also offers bone density screenings.
Patients considered at high risk for breast cancer, due to factors such as the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations or having a close family member diagnosed with the disease, receive closer scrutiny through watchful care. A Vanderbilt Hereditary Cancer Clinic is part of the center.
The center offers all diagnostic-imaging modalities in one location, including ultrasound, image-guided biopsies and breast MRI. It often serves patients seeking second opinions.
The center embraces team science, allowing physicians of different disciplines to collaborate on the care of each patient. Treatment frequently involves a combination of surgery, radiation and drug therapies. With an infusion center on site, patients can receive chemotherapy and other infusion treatments in private rooms.
The center offers both implant and natural tissue reconstruction. Three months after that surgery, patients can undergo nipple and areola reconstruction. Breast lifts, augmentations and reductions are also offered to balance breast sizes and shapes.
Services for men:
The center offers a more private alternative for men who may feel uncomfortable in the regular waiting area. Men with family histories of breast cancer, particularly among male relatives, may benefit from a high-risk screening assessment.