Breast cancer specialists in Virginia

We understand that a breast cancer diagnosis can be stressful and confusing. This is why at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Virginia hospitals, we offer complete breast cancer care, including breast screening services.

Our multidisciplinary team provides access to timely cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and increased supportive care throughout your cancer journey.

For more information about cancer diagnostics, treatments and other services, call askSARAH at (804) 591-4152.

Comprehensive breast cancer care

Our cancer care program integrates education and support throughout our program of care.

Patients benefit from a broad range of services, including:

  • A breast imaging navigator and breast cancer nurse navigator
  • A survivorship care plan and treatment summary
  • Access to clinical trials
  • Educational materials, a resource library of books and DVDs and computer access at our American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center
  • Genetic testing services to identify your own risk or your family’s risk for breast cancer and provide genetic counseling
  • Lymphedema services
  • Oncology social workers
  • Rehabilitation services to help improve your quality of life
  • Spiritual support with an oncology-dedicated chaplain
  • Support groups to guide you from diagnosis and treatment to recovery and life after cancer

Breast cancer team

Our breast cancer team includes:

  • Breast and plastic surgeons
  • Breast cancer nurse navigators
  • Breast radiologists
  • Mammography and ultrasound technologists
  • Medical and radiation oncologists

Breast cancer nurse navigators

Your breast cancer nurse navigator will work closely with you and your care team to ensure you understand all your options and receive the care, education and support you need. Your nurse navigator will also coordinate appointments with your care team and guide you through any further testing or high-risk counseling.

Breast cancer screening

Breast cancer screening is one of the most proactive steps a woman can take in the early detection of breast cancer. Our hospitals offer a complete spectrum of breast health and services, including:

  • 3D mammography
  • Breast density assessment
  • Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Breast ultrasound

High-Risk Breast Clinic

Henrico Doctors' Hospital and Johnston-Willis Hospital are home to our High–Risk Breast Program where patients are screened and identified for hereditary cancers and breast cancer risk. We are utilizing the latest technology and evidence-based medicine to evaluate a patient’s personal and family history to determine if you may be at risk for developing hereditary cancers and/or have an increased risk for breast cancer. The program is designed to identify high-risk patients, provide an opportunity to obtain genetic education and testing on-site, explore surveillance/preventative measures and will communicate all information to your care team.

Our high-risk nurse navigators work to identify patients that are identified as high-risk and if you should consider supplemental screenings, such as:

  • Abbreviated breast magnetic resonance imaging (ABMRI) (also known as fast breast MRI)
  • Contrast mammogram (CEM)
  • Whole breast ultrasound
  • Genetic testing
  • High–risk provider consultation

Breast cancer diagnosis

Our breast center staff will contact you with your screening results, as well as explain and schedule any additional diagnostic testing.

A positive breast cancer diagnosis is found through a biopsy (an examination of the breast tissue). A breast biopsy tells your treatment team about the type of breast cancer you have and helps your physician determine the optimal individualized treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery.

Types of breast cancer we treat

The two most common types of breast cancer are:

  • Ductal carcinoma—where tumors form in the cells of the milk ducts
  • Lobular carcinoma—which occurs in the milk-producing glands, or lobules

Both types of breast cancer may be invasive (capable of spreading) or noninvasive. The most common type of breast cancer is noninvasive ductal carcinoma (DCIS).

While most often present in women, breast cancer can also occur in men. Less common subtypes of breast cancer include inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) and triple-negative breast cancer. Breast cancer can return over time and may affect other sites in the body besides breast tissue.

Breast cancer treatment

At HCA Virginia, we offer an array of treatment options for breast cancer that will help you get back to your family and everyday life. Through our partnership with Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, our patients gain access to the most advanced breast cancer therapies and clinical trials.

Your breast cancer treatment plan may include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
    • Aromatase inhibitors
    • Estrogen blockers
  • Radiation therapy
    • Accelerated partial breast irradiation
    • Brachytherapy
    • External beam therapy
    • Hypofractionated radiotherapy
    • Intensity modulated radiotherapy
    • Prone breast radiotherapy
  • Surgery
    • Axillary node dissection
    • Breast reconstructive surgery
    • Lumpectomy
    • Mastectomy
    • Sentinel lymph node biopsy

Learn more about the treatment options we offer for breast cancer.

Breast conserving surgery

Our skilled surgeons and radiologists use an advanced radar localization system to precisely locate and guide the removal of the target tissue during a lumpectomy or surgical biopsy procedure.

This technology features radar to detect a reflector that is placed at the tumor site up to seven days before a procedure. During the procedure, the surgeon scans the breast using the system’s guide, which emits infrared light and a micro-impulse signal to detect the location of the reflector.

Real-time audible and visual indicators assist the surgeon in accurately locating the reflector, along with the target tissue. This higher level of precision allows the surgeon to plan a surgical approach that may result in a better cosmetic outcome than other methods.

For the latest insights on breast cancer symptoms, treatments and common questions, visit the Sarah Cannon blog.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As 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 (804) 591-4152 or chat online at askSARAH.