No one wants to hear the words "breast cancer."
Even with the wide-spread awareness of the disease, the amount of people diagnosed each year, and the splashes of pink everywhere you go, no one really believes it's going to happen to them.
Unfortunately, one in eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis.Thanks to ongoing improvements in cancer research, treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today. In fact, not only surviving, but living long, healthy lives following treatment. Many people with breast cancer can be cured, especially in early stage diagnosis. Knowing those statistics though, doesn't make it any easier at first.
Whether you feel a lump or if your mammogram shows an abnormality, we know what is probably running through your mind:
- What stage is this?
- Could this have spread anywhere else?
- How will the treatment impact your life?
The questions that come with being diagnosed are endless. At Nebraska Medicine, we can offer answers, and often those answers are what you want to hear. The breast cancer team believes that treatment should be as individual as the patient herself, or occasionally, himself. Though the plan's foundation is built upon the expertise and careful assessments of the breast cancer specialists, it is guided by your special needs and wishes.
In searching for your team and the people who will help you navigate through your breast cancer journey, you want to make sure that you have not only the most groundbreaking treatments and protocols but also, you want a treatment facility where the doctors and medical professionals are invested in your story, in your life.
From your first mammogram, to your biopsy, through the diagnosis and treatment, we want our team to join you on your journey through cancer, answering your questions, listening to your concerns, and hopefully allaying your fears.
Ultimately we want to stand with you in victory over your breast cancer.
Why You Should Give Nebraska Medicine the Honor of Helping You Survive Breast Cancer:
We'll Guide You
Today, there are a multitude of choices available for cancer treatment. Our cancer experts will help you navigate through the many decisions available in breast cancer treatment including lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapies and breast reconstructive surgery in a collaborative approach based on your personal choices.
Access to Newest Treatments
Our breast cancer specialists use some of the most current and advanced therapies for treating breast cancer. We are increasingly using targeted therapies. Those consist of treatments designed to attack tumors with minimal harm to healthy tissue, which when combined with traditional treatments are improving the outcomes for many breast cancer patients.
Most Advanced Diagnostic Tools
As part of the evaluation, all outside films and mammograms are re-reviewed by a specialized breast radiologist. Our breast cancer clinics offer the most advanced form of mammograms, called 3-D mammography. This new technology increases detection rates by 40 percent and is able to find the cancers at a smaller size in all levels of density of the breast.
Multidisciplinary Care Tailored to Your Needs
Our multidisciplinary breast cancer clinic streamlines appointments for the patient and brings a multidisciplinary team of breast cancer experts together to provide a comprehensive approach to cancer care based on a woman’s personal preferences. The clinic is also one of a few health care centers in the region offering cutting-edge 3-D mammography that can increase detection rates by 40 percent and reduce callback rates by 20 to 40 percent.
Our streamlined approach to care provides a more comfortable and pleasant experience for the patient. When a patient arrives for an appointment, they see all of the specialists required for that visit in one setting and one appointment. This saves the patient time and helps eliminate duplication of tests and services.
We're Near You and Convenient
We offer our services at locations throughout the Omaha area and in southwest Iowa. So no matter where you are in the greater Omaha area, you're never more than an hour away from one of our locations. Patients undergoing cancer treatment at Nebraska Medicine also have access to our 24/7 Infusion Center at the Peggy D. Cowdery Patient Care Center, which serves as both a treatment center and 24/7 urgent-care-type facility. A rare offering in the region.
Many of our specialists are very involved in research to find new treatments and cures for breast cancer. This affords our doctors the opportunity to take part in some of the most current clinical trials, giving you early access to the newest drugs and most cutting-edge treatment options before they become widely available. See which breast cancer clinical trials are going on right now.
Addressing Your Personal Care Needs
Addressing a patient’s physical, educational, emotional and spiritual needs are important aspects of providing a more complete and holistic approach to care. A host of amenities and supportive services are available to help meet these needs. This includes personal care services such as wigs, wig fittings, prosthetic and bra fittings, yoga, massage therapy, skin care and make-up lessons specifically geared for people with or recovering from cancer are also provided in a private setting.
Cancer Support Services
Finding out that you have cancer can be a very emotional and difficult time. You will likely have many questions and issues to work through. We will be with you every step of the way. Nebraska Medicine offers a host of cancer support services to help you with your physical, emotional, educational and financial needs.
We're Here for you Long After Your Treatment
Our Survivorship Clinic is designed to help you deal with the emotional and physical challenges cancer can leave behind such as fear of recurrence, physical and medical long-term side effects and helping you return to a normal life again. It will also help you transition back into the care of your primary care physician.