Providence Cancer Institute Breast Surgery Clinic - West
Providence Cancer Institute Breast Surgery Clinic - West
When you’ve been told you need breast surgery you want expert care. Whether you need surgery for breast cancer, a benign breast condition, or plastic and reconstructive surgery, we will help you understand your condition and your treatment options. Our goal is to work together to make the best decisions about your care.
Often, a breast surgeon is the first member of the breast care team that you will meet if you have been diagnosed with breast cancer or have a breast condition. Our breast surgeons work closely with other members of your care team to accurately diagnose your breast condition. Our surgeons will recommend treatment options and a care plan that gives you the best possible health and cosmetic outcomes.
Our services include treatment for:
- Breast preservation (lumpectomy)
- Lymph node sampling
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy
- Axillary lymph node dissection
- Simple or total mastectomy: All breast tissue is removed
- Modified Radical Mastectomy: All breast tissue and some lymph nodes are removed
- Radical Mastectomy: All breast tissue, some lymph nodes and muscle under the breast are removed
- Preventative Mastectomy: All breast tissue is removed as a preventative measure against breast cancer
- Nipple-sparing mastectomy
- Oncoplastic techniques
- Abnormal breast imaging
- Breast cysts
- Breast pain
- Changes in breast shape or size
- Nipple discharge
- Skin changes
- “As a surgical oncologist I fight cancer every day by performing operations and by educating patients and empowering them to make informed choices about their care.”
– Dr. Kristen Massimino, Medical Director, Providence Breast Cancer Program
Breast reconstructive surgery is used to restore the look and feel of the breast after breast surgery. Our plastic and reconstructive surgeon works alongside our breast oncology surgeons from the time of your diagnosis, and throughout your treatment. This ensures that your reconstruction is safe and coordinated with other cancer treatments.
Dr. Allison C. Nauta is one of only a few surgeons in the Pacific Northwest who is board-certified in plastic surgery, has completed a microsurgery fellowship and performs a high volume of breast micro-reconstructive and DIEP flap breast surgeries.
Providence Cancer Institute offers a full range of breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, such as:
- Breast implants: Tissue expanders and implants reconstruction may be done in one or two stages. Expanders are placed under the chest muscle to make room for implants. These are then removed to make room for permanent implants. Implants are made from saline or silicone.
- Autologous tissue reconstruction (including DIEP Flap): This method is also referred to as tissue transfer. It uses tissue from elsewhere in your body to replace the breast tissue that was removed during surgery. The replacement tissue often comes from the abdomen.
- Revision breast reconstruction: The goal of corrective (or “revision”) surgery is to fix problems that occurred during or after breast reconstruction. To improve your quality of life or health we can use a variety of techniques. These include mastopexy, fat grafting, changing implant position, implant exchange, conversion to autologous and more.
For patients who are candidates for a lumpectomy, oncoplastic surgery may be a treatment option. With oncoplastic surgery, a lumpectomy and plastic surgery are often done at the same time. The goal is to remove the tumor and to prevent appearance problems with the breast after lumpectomy. Our plastic surgeon will reshape the breast tissue after your breast surgeon has removed the tumor.
Patients who do not undergo breast reconstruction surgery can also use custom-made silicone breast prosthesis. Prosthesis can aid in providing symmetry after surgery. Our surgeon and our team at Transitions: An Appearance Center can help find prosthesis and bras that fit you best.
Providence offers surgical and nonsurgical procedures to enhance or reshape specific parts of your body. We offer a variety of common cosmetic procedures related to breast augmentation, body contouring and revisional procedures. We are excited to continue expanding these services over the next few months.
When you first hear the words “it’s cancer,” the road ahead may seem overwhelming. But from that moment on, Providence Cancer Institute surrounds you with people to help you through the journey. Treating your cancer is not only about treating the disease; it is also about supporting you as a whole person – body, mind and spirit. Here are some of our key support services to help you get through your treatment and emerge as healthy as possible.
- Oncology nurse navigators work directly with your oncologists, surgeons, and care team to help you better understand and follow your treatment plans. The compassionate guidance of nurse navigators has been shown to improve treatment outcomes for patients.
Learn more about nurse navigators.
- Oncology social workers are trained counselors who help patients and families cope with the emotional stresses and practical concerns associated with cancer. Providence cancer patients and their families can benefit from our social work services.
Learn more about what an oncology social worker can do for you.
- Oncology nutrition. Cancer and cancer treatments can affect the way your body tolerates certain foods and uses nutrients. Our registered dietitians specialize in cancer nutrition and are here to help.
Learn more about oncology nutrition.
- Integrative medicine offers an excellent complement to conventional medicine to help patients achieve optimal health. Programs and services include acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, naturopathy, therapeutic massage and more.
Learn more about integrative medicine.
- Palliative care is a type of health care that focuses on improving your physical, emotional and spiritual health while you receive cancer treatment giving special attention to relieving pain and other distressing symptoms.
Learn more about palliative care.
- Cancer rehabilitation combines evidence-based cancer rehabilitation practices with services to address side effects and symptoms. The result is our patients recover their energy, well-being and quality of life more completely and quickly.
Learn more about cancer rehabilitation.
In addition to providing expert cancer care, Providence Cancer Institute provides an extra dimension of care through our many support services and cancer resources.
- Support groups provide education and support for cancer patients and their loved ones. Support groups are led by our professional staff and are offered as a free service to any person with cancer in our community.
- Peer support is offered by trained volunteers who provide one-on-one peer support for patients with cancer and/or their caregivers. It is an opportunity to talk about your fears or concerns with someone who comes from a place of understanding your journey.
Learn more about support groups and peer support.
- The Living Well Guide is designed to provide our patients with one reference for all contact numbers, support services and self-care information.
- The Living Well Through Cancer Treatment and Beyond Video Series will give you information, support and hope. Each video features patients who share their stories and experiences with helpful advice from cancer care experts.
Learn more about Living Well Guide & video series.
Both the Living Well Guide and the video series are available in several languages.
- Financial resources
- Guest housing
- Lending libraries
- Rehabilitation services
- Transportation resources
- Wellness classes
- Screening and prevention