Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. And surgery is the most common form of treatment. In the Silver Cross Breast Center, patients can see a highly skilled surgeon for diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and other abnormalities.
The Breast Center is located inside the Center for Women’s Health for smooth continuity of care and convenient access to pre and post-surgical services.
Surgeons in the Silver Cross Breast Center have specialized training and expertise to quickly diagnose disease, explain the range of treatment options available, and help you decide on a plan tailored to your needs and goals. This may include breast conserving surgery, mastectomy, and breast reconstruction.
These highly skilled surgeons evaluate and manage patients with breast pain, benign lumps and cysts and abnormal mammograms, in addition to breast cancer. They look at the stage of cancer, its characteristics, and what is the best individual treatment for the patient. Oftentimes cases are reviewed by multiple specialists at Silver Cross Hospital’s weekly Multi-Disciplinary Breast Conference to expedite diagnosis and treatment.
Convenient, Comprehensive Care
If it is determined that surgery is the best option, procedures are performed in Silver Cross’ state-of-the-art operating suites followed by a short stay in a spacious, private patient room; although some patients may go home the same day. If chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or radiation therapy is recommended, the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross is just steps away from the Breast Center offering the latest clinical trials, genetic testing and counseling and advanced techniques including Prone Breast Radiation Therapy.
After surgery, sometimes patients experience lymphedema. Therapists with the world-renowned Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) are available at Silver Cross to help patients find relief. And through Siona Boutique, patients have access to a variety of specialized products to help improve their quality of life.
Whether diagnosed at Silver Cross or elsewhere, call (815) 300-6350. A certified breast health nurse will schedule the initial appointment and assist in coordinating the next steps in care including any additional diagnostic testing including breast ultrasound, breast MRI, or stereotactic breast biopsy to determine whether a lump is benign or cancerous.