Breast cancer care at Swedish

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute and Swedish Medical Center have partnered with the Invision Sally Jobe Breast Network to provide individualized, innovative breast and breast-related services to the Rocky Mountain region. We guide patients and their family members through diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship.

Early detection and mammography

Invision Sally Jobe Breast Network is a leader in the diagnosis of breast disease and offers a full range of breast screening and diagnostic services, including mammography, ultrasound, stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsy and RODEO breast MRI—an advanced technique that further enhances MRI sensitivity, particularly in women who have a compromised mammogram.

Contact Invision Sally Jobe to make an appointment for a screening or other breast exam at (720) 493-3700.

Second opinion services

A cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan can be very overwhelming. The breast program team at Swedish is recognized across the region for their expertise in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. We provide compassionate, thoughtful second opinion services to many patients. We work with you to help you understand all testing, results and treatment options. Contact our nurse navigator team at (303) 788-2478 to learn more.

Treatment options for breast cancer

Our treatment plan for patients may include:

  • Medical oncology treatment
  • Radiation therapy treatment
  • Surgical treatment

Watch the story of Michelle, a breast cancer survivor treated at Swedish.

Medical oncology treatment options

Chemotherapy

A type of treatment that uses a drug or combination of drugs to treat cancer. The goal of chemotherapy is to stop or slow the growth of cancer cells. These medications may be used in conjunction with other therapies to treat breast cancer. Not all breast cancers will be treated with chemotherapy.

Hormonal therapy

The hormones estrogen and progesterone can stimulate the growth of some breast cancers—these are called hormone-sensitive or hormone-dependent breast cancers. Hormone therapy is used to stop or slow the growth of these tumors.

Biological therapy/immunotherapy

These therapies utilize man-made proteins that alter the growth and replication of a cancer cell by interfering with its specific biological pathways. Biological agents find chemical or genetic processes, which are present in the cancer cell, but not in normal cells.

Breast cancer radiation treatment

Whole breast radiation therapy

External beam radiation therapy that uses radiation from high-energy X-ray beams to kill cancer cells or slow down their growth. This radiation therapy covers the entire breast, as well as the chest wall and lymph node areas, as needed. This form of radiation therapy is typically completed during a period of six to seven weeks.

Partial breast radiation therapy

External beam radiation targeting only the small area of the breast where a tumor has been surgically removed. Partial breast radiation therapies not only significantly reduce the amount of time needed to complete the treatment, they also help limit and prevent radiation exposure to healthy tissue and organs close to the breasts, including the lungs, heart, ribs, muscles and skin.

Accelerated partial breast therapy

This is an external or internal beam radiation targeting only the small area where a tumor has been surgically removed. This form of radiation is typically completed with five consecutive daily treatments

Breast brachytherapy

This form of radiation treats breast cancer from within the breast where a tumor has been surgically removed.

Intraoperative radiation therapy

An internal, state-of-the-art radiation therapy that allows delivery of a concentrated, single dose of radiation delivered directly to the tumor site during breast cancer surgery. Typically, no further radiation therapy will be needed follow intraoperative radiation therapy.

Surgical treatment options for breast cancer

Many patients with breast cancer will need some form of surgery based upon their cancer type and medical history. We provide surgical treatment options to remove as much breast cancer as possible, see if your cancer has spread, relieve symptoms of advanced cancer and restore breast shape after cancer has been removed. We will help you understand all of your options so you and your surgeon can make the right choice for you.

Lumpectomy

A breast-conserving surgery; only part of the breast containing cancer is removed, sparing surrounding healthy breast and nipple tissue. The size and location of your tumor will determine how much breast tissue needs to be removed.

Lymph node removal

The removal of a lymph node helps your doctor determine the extent of your cancer diagnosis. Lymph node removal for examination by a pathologist may occur during a lumpectomy or mastectomy, or as a separate option.

Mastectomy

The surgical removal of an entire breast or both breasts. The majority of women will not require this more invasive treatment option. Your surgeons work closely with you to determine the appropriateness of mastectomy according to your particular cancer type, stage, genetic risk and personal wishes.

Reconstruction

Helps restore the shape of your breasts following a mastectomy, or sometimes lumpectomy. Reconstruction may take place immediately following your surgery or months to years later. Not all women opt for reconstruction. Talk to your surgeon about reconstructive surgery before your mastectomy or lumpectomy to determine the treatment plan that’s right for you.

Rehabilitation

We offer rehabilitation services through our outpatient partner, Oncology Rehab. This rehabilitation focuses on specialized treatment protocols for patients post-mastectomy, post-lumpectomy, post-reconstructive surgery and during and following both chemotherapy and radiation.

Breast cancer research and outreach

Our NAPBC-accredited breast program offers research, quality improvement, outreach education and data management. This provides us access to the most comprehensive research updates on breast cancer treatments, ensuring program and patient participation in important institutional, local and national research programs and clinical trials.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

Swedish Medical Center is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.