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.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As a member of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Network of Excellence, our family of hospitals features leading edge cancer treatment and clinical trials. Sarah Cannon offers modern therapies for people facing cancer across the U.S. and our partnership provides patients personal, individualized care while benefiting from the network of resources Sarah Cannon has to offer.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions with screenings, signs or symptoms, a registered askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3325 to connect directly to a nurse to help you today.
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: 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.
Navigating your cancer journey
Swedish provides experienced, compassionate nurse navigators to support patients as they go through the many stages of living with cancer.
Your nurse navigator is your medical system advocate and will help you and your family understand each part of the cancer journey while supporting your physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Learn more about our nurse navigators by calling (303) 788-2748.
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.