Providing Compassionate Breast Care, Advanced Cancer Diagnostics and Treatment

What we have to offer:

  • Screening
  • Navigation
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Breast Cancer Treatment
  • Multidisciplinary Team-Approach to Your Care
  • Access to Clinical Trials and Research through Sarah Cannon
Learn more at Sarah Cannon
  • askSARAH - Powered by Sarah Cannon - About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at North Florida Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer askSARAH — designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you want to know about treatment options or where to find care close to home, askSARAH can connect you directly to cancer specialists who can help. Call (352) 339-7000 to speak to an askSARAH registered nurse specially trained to help with your cancer questions. Calls are confidential and nurses are available to speak 24/7.


Services

Navigation

Navigating your cancer journey from discovery to recovery. North Florida Regional Medical Center works together with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, to provide 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 compassionately supporting your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Screening

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women, representing approximately 14 percent of all new cancer cases in the United States. Treatments for breast cancer have significantly advanced and survival rates have steadily improved since the 1990s. Early detection has contributed greatly.

What are the screenings?

Learn more about breast cancer screening and breast self-exams: Breast Self-Exam There is conflicting information available concerning breast self-exams. On the one hand, research shows that breast cancer survival has not improved whether or not women perform a self-exam. However, healthcare professionals emphasize that there is value in conducting a regular breast self-exam in order to help identify breast cancer in its early stages.

What’s Normal and What’s Not

There is no “normal” or “standard” breast among women. Breasts differ in size, shape and density, and often one breast will be slightly different from its pair. Pregnancy as well as monthly cycles can change the size and tenderness of your breasts. If you have any concerns, share them with your healthcare provider.

Breast Cancer Screening

There are varying recommendations on mammogram screening guidelines from the American Cancer Society, U.S. Preventative Task Force and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. Sarah Cannon has made recommendations that center around the goal of catching cancers as early as possible, when less treatment is necessary for a better outcome. Sarah Cannon recommends an annual mammogram screening for women ages 40-74. Sarah Cannon also emphasizes the importance of conducting screenings using digital mammography which produces clearer images, resulting in fewer false positives and unnecessary biopsies than film mammography. A woman’s decision to undergo screening should be made in consultation with her physician. Patients who are considered high-risk should consult their physician on when to begin screening.

Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)

Performed by your healthcare provider, it involves palpating the breast and the underarm areas (armpits) to check for lumps or any other abnormality. Mammogram This X-ray of the breast is used to find tumors too small to feel as well as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), abnormal cells in the lining of a breast duct that can develop into invasive cancer. Digital breast tomosynthesis may be added to mammograms to improve images. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Women with a high risk of breast cancer may be screened using an MRI, which uses a magnet, radio waves and a computer to create detailed images of the breast and surrounding areas.

Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure performed to create a natural breast shape, and allows for the comfort and ease of not wearing a prosthesis. The choice to undergo reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy or lumpectomy is a personal one. The breast health specialists in our program include general surgeons and plastic surgeons. Clinical cancer geneticists are accessible by consultation within the North Florida Regional Medical Center network.

Mammography

This X-ray of the breast is used to find tumors too small to feel as well as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), abnormal cells in the lining of a breast duct that can develop into invasive cancer.

Integrated Services

Breast tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous, are among the most common health problems women face today. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, as you learn new terminology and determine the best treatment plan for you. Through our partnership with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, we offer integrated breast cancer services with convenient access to cutting edge therapies for those facing breast cancer in our community. Our team of experts work together with Sarah Cannon’s global network of cancer leaders to bring you the best care from diagnosis through survivorship. Our expert leaders from across specialties discuss individual cases in multidisciplinary conferences so that you can be assured you are getting the best treatment possible.

Clinical Trials

The Florida Breast Center is powered by Sarah Cannon- a global leader in cancer research and has been serving patients in the community for more than 25 years. We offer physicians and their patients’ access to a robust trial menu that investigates more than 200+ unique agents through trials each year. As trusted experts in the field of oncology research, Sarah Cannon has conducted more than 300 first-in-man trials to date and been a clinical trial leader in the majority of approved cancer therapies over the last decade.

Advanced Breast Cancer Treatments

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists in medical, surgical and radiation oncology, plastic surgery, breast imaging, pathology, genetic counseling and physical medicine work together to consider multiple factors in determining the best treatment plan for each patient, including stage of the cancer, family history and past medical history. Let our healthcare team assist you in finding the right treatment for you. Available Treatments include:

  • High-Risk Screening & Evaluation
  • Advanced Diagnostic Services
  • Breast Surgery & Reconstruction
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Financial Counseling
  • Clinical Trials
  • Survivorship
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Breast Reconstruction

Cancer Rehab

Our Partnership with Request Physical Therapy

Treatment

Conditions We Treat

  • Benign Breast Conditions
    • Fibroadenoma
    • Cystic Breast disease
    • Dense Breasts
    • Nipple discharge
    • Intraductal papillomas
  • Types of Breast Cancer
    • HER2- positive breast cancer
    • Hormone receptor- positive/ER-positive breast cancer
    • Triple-negative breast cancer
    • Breast cancers caused by BRCA genetic mutations
    • Inflammatory breast cancer
    • Breast cancer during pregnancy
    • Breast cancer in men
    • Rare breast tumors
    • Anaplastic large call lymphoma

Meet Your Care Team

Surgical Oncology

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Medical Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Diagnostic Radiologists

Pathologist



Patient Support

  • The Cancer Center at NFRMC hosts several support groups for the community. These meetings are held in the “Health and Healing Place”, where survivors find support, encouragement, and love.All of these support groups are provided to our patients at no cost.
  • The following is a list of these supports:
    • Yoga for cancer patients – Monday at 6 pm. For more information email: erin@whereintheworldyoga.com
    • Breast cancer support group – Second Tuesday each month, 6:00 pm. For more information email gnvbreastcancer@gmail.com
    • Young survival coalition – Monthly meetings on Wednesday 6:00 pm. For more information call (352) 226-1285
  • Financial Counseling
    • Financial Counseling is available to oncology patients at the North Florida Regional Medical Center.

FAQs

What is a Mammogram?

  • A mammogram is a screening tool that can help detect early signs of breast cancer, which may allow for more treatment options and improved prognosis. Mammograms cannot determine if you have breast cancer with a single test, and potential cancer will require further examination.

What are the different types of breast screening?

  • Mammogram: The patient stands in front of the mammography unit, and a technologist uncovers the breast to be scanned and places it on a clear plastic plate. Then a second plate lowers until the breast is pressed between the two plastic plates. Images are taken of each breast from the front and the side. TIP: If your breasts are tender or swollen due to your menstrual cycle, consider rescheduling your mammogram to the week following your menstrual cycle.
  • Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Breast MRI): Used for women at higher risk of breast cancer, as a breast cancer staging tool, or to identify lesions in women who have already been diagnosed with breast cancer. The breast MRI creates three-dimensional, detailed images of the breast using a magnet connected to a computer. Sometimes the doctor may order a Breast MRI with contrast, meaning that a contrast dye will be injected into your body through an IV. TIP: Even if you are at higher risk, you still need to have regular mammograms in addition to any other recommended screening tests.
  • Breast Ultrasound: Generally used for women with lumps or abnormalities identified during a breast self-exam, clinical breast exam or mammogram. The test bounces sound waves off the breast tissue to create a picture called a sonogram. You'll lie down on a table, raise your hands above your head, and have a water-based gel applied to the area. Then, the radiologist or sonographer will run the transducer over your breast. TIP: A breast ultrasound does not replace regular mammograms.

When should I be screened?

  • You should receive an annual mammogram beginning at age 40. If you are at a high risk of breast cancer, consult your physician.

What is high risk?

  • Prior personal history of breast cancer, or other abnormalities in the breast tissue
  • A high proportion of dense breast tissue instead of fatty tissue
  • Previous breast exposure to radiation therapy before age 30
  • Pregnancy after age 30, or no pregnancy at all
  • Absence of breastfeeding
  • Overweight, particularly after menopause
  • Increased exposure to estrogen, first period before age 13, menopause after age 51, prolonged hormone replacement therapy
  • Previous biopsy results that indicate atypical hyperplasia, lobular carcinoma in situ, or radial scar formation

How should I prepare for my appointment?

  • Dress for comfort. Depending on the type of mammogram, you may only need to remove your top. If you are having a mammogram, don't wear deodorant, perfume, or powder. However, if you forget, many centers provide cleansing cloths for this purpose.

How do I schedule an appointment with a Florida Breast Center specialist?

  • Call (352) 339-7000 to speak to an askSARAH registered nurse specially trained to help with your cancer questions. Calls are confidential and nurses are available to speak 24/7. Schedule a consultation or mammogram by calling (888) 821-1632.

Patient Education

A Proactive Approach to Breast Cancer Detection

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women, representing approximately 14 perfect of all new cancer cases in the United States.

Treatments for breast cancer have significantly advanced and survival rates have steadily improved since the 1990s. Early detection has contributed greatly.

Learn more about breast cancer screening and breast self-exams:

Breast Self-Exam

There is conflicting information available concerning breast self-exams. On the one hand, research shows that breast cancer survival has not improved whether or not women perform a self-exam. However, healthcare professionals emphasize that there is value in conducting a regular breast self-exam in order to help identify breast cancer in its early stages.

What's Normal and What's Not

There is no "normal" or "standard" breast among women. Breasts differ in size, shape and density, and often one breast will be slightly different from its pair. Pregnancy as well as monthly cycles can change the size and tenderness of your breasts. If you have any concerns, share them with your healthcare provider.

Breast Cancer Screening

There are varying recommendations on mammogram screening guidelines from the American Cancer Society, U.S. Preventative Task Force and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. Sarah Cannon has made recommendations that center around the goal of catching cancers as early as possible, when less treatment is necessary for a better outcome.

Sarah Cannon recommends an annual mammogram screening for women ages 40-74. Sarah Cannon also emphasizes the importance of conducting screenings using digital mammography which produces clearer images, resulting in fewer false positives and unnecessary biopsies than film mammography. A woman's decision to undergo screening should be made in consultation with her physician. Patients who are considered high-risk should consult their physician on when to begin screening.

What are screenings?

Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)

Performed by your healthcare provider, it involves palpating the breast and the underarm areas (armpits) to check for lumps or any other abnormality.

Mammogram

This X-ray of the breast is used to find tumors too small to feel as well as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), abnormal cells in the lining of a breast duct that can develop into invasive cancer. Digital breast tomosynthesis may be added to mammograms to improve images.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Women with a high risk of breast cancer may be screened using an MRI, which uses a magnet, radio waves and a computer to create detailed images of the breast and surrounding areas.

How to conduct a self-breast exam

  • Healthcare professionals emphasize that there is value in conducting a regular breast self-exam in order to help identify breast cancer in its early stages. Sarah Cannon recommends that women age 20 and older conduct monthly breast self-exams.
    • Perform your self-exam two weeks after your period starts, when your breasts are less likely to be sensitive or sore.
    • Using a mirror, begin with your hands on your hips and look at your breasts to observe that they are their usual size and color, are evenly shaped and are without visible distortion or swelling. You should be looking for dimpling, puckering or bulging of the skin, nipple discharge or a change in the nipple’s position, as well as redness, soreness, rash or swelling.
    • Still in front of the mirror, raise your arms and look for the same observances as you did with your hands on your hips.
    • While lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and left hand to feel your right breast. Using a firm, but smooth touch with the pad of your fingers, use a circular motion about the size of a quarter to feel all parts of each breast. Be sure to cover the entire breast from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen and from your armpit to your cleavage.
    • Be sure to cover all the tissue from the shallow parts of the breast to the deepest parts. Use light pressure for the skin and tissue just beneath the nipple and medium pressure for the tissue in the middle of the breast. Use firmer pressure for the deep tissue in the back – when you feel this part of the breast, you should be able to feel your ribcage.
    • Finally, repeat the exam process while standing or sitting. Many women find it easiest to do this portion while the skin is wet, so you may opt to do this portion in the shower.
    • If you come across any unusual findings, schedule an appointment with your doctor for an evaluation to determine if any imaging or tests should be done. It is important to remember breast tissue goes through many phases, thus a tender spot or change in size is not necessarily a cause for concern.
    • For Men Considered High-Risk with the BRCA Mutation: The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommends conducting a breast-self exam starting at age 35, with an annual clinical breast exam annually. Healthcare professionals emphasize that there is value in conducting a regular breast self-exam in order to help identify breast cancer in its early stages. Sarah Cannon recommends that women age 20 and older conduct monthly breast self-exams.

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