Breast Health Program

The Breast Health Program at Greenville Health System is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to breast health. Women can be comforted in knowing we offer the best in medical science and compassionate care to partner with patients for the best in breast health. Our services include:

  • Screenings and diagnostics (mammogram, ultrasound, MRI)
  • Biopsy (stereotactic, ultrasound guided, MRI guided)
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Research and clinical trials 
  • Oncology rehabilitation (Moving On)
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Genetic counseling

GHS makes it easy to take care of your breast health – from prevention and screening to treatment for benign breast disease and cancer management. “We’ve created a center of expertise focused on breast issues,” said Brian McKinley, M.D., medical director of the GHS Breast Health Program. “The emphasis is on bringing care providers together to facilitate quicker action and better outcomes for patients, which result in higher quality care through the cumulative medical knowledge of the providers.”

For more information about GHS' Breast Health Program, call (864) 454-8282. 

Prevention

In addition to self exams and clinical breast exams performed by a physician, women should have a screening mammogram yearly starting at age 40 (or earlier as decided by you and your physician). At GHS, mammograms, ultrasounds and magnetic resonance images are read by radiologists dedicated to breast imaging at the Breast Imaging Center on GHS’ Patewood Medical Campus. 

Screening mammograms are performed at five convenient GHS locations. Each site has trained technologists, and all digital tests are sent to the Breast Imaging Center and read by radiologists dedicated to breast imaging. Click here for more information about mammography services at GHS.

To schedule a mammogram at one of the following locations, call (864) 454-8282. No physician referral is required.  

Greenville Radiology, a department of Greenville Memorial Hospital
1210 W. Faris Road • Greenville

Greer Medical Campus
830 S. Buncombe Road • Greer

North Greenville Medical Campus
807 N. Main St. (Hwy. 276) • Travelers Rest

Simpsonville Medical Campus
727 S.E. Main St. • Simpsonville

Patewood Medical Campus
200 Patewood Drive, Building A • Greenville

Laurens County Medical Campus
22725 U.S. Hwy. 76 E. • Laurens
For an appointment at this location, please call (864) 833-9398.

Oconee Medical Campus
298 Memorial Drive, Seneca, SC 29672
For an appointment at this location, please call (864) 885-7340

Learn more about perforing a Breast Self Exam and other important information on breast health and development.

Benign Breast Disease

For many, the first thing that comes to mind when hearing “breast health” is cancer. But many complaints, such as breast pain and nipple discharge, are not necessarily related to cancer. Women with benign breast disease can turn to GHS’ Breast Health Center for help. The center is housed next to the Breast Imaging Center on the Patewood Medical Campus and has dedicated breast imaging specialists who facilitate seamless integration in diagnosing and providing care. Practitioners at the center have a wealth of experience in providing breast care to upstate residents.

When the Diagnosis is Cancer

Greenville Health System offers patients a unique approach to cancer treatment through its Breast Multidisciplinary Center (MDC) at the GHS Cancer Institute. The MDC allows a patient to accomplish in one morning visit what previously may have taken weeks. Under the collaborative format of the Breast MDC, the following happens during one patient visit:

  • The patient is seen by a team of specialists, including a surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, radiologist, pathologist and nurse navigator (the nurse navigator will serve as the patient’s personal guide throughout the diagnosis and treatment process)
  • The team meets to discuss treatment options, determine the best course of action and recommend a treatment plan
  • A physician and nurse navigator then present the recommendations to the patient
  • The patient, in consultation with the referring physician, decides how to proceed and leaves with a treatment plan in place
  • The nurse navigator is available to the patient and the patient’s family through the entire course of treatment and recover
The MDC can also link patients to ground-breaking clinical trials under way at GHS' Institute for Translational Oncology Research

Fighting Fatigue

The integrated approach at GHS continues through treatment into a groundbreaking oncology rehabilitation program called Moving On. Researchers have learned that exercise plays a significant role in combating the fatigue that patients can face. “The disease process – as well as treatments – can wipe out a patient to the point that bending over and tying your shoe will become very difficult,” said Larry Gluck, M.D, medical director of the GHS Cancer Institute. “But we know that with exercise, there’s something occurring at a cellular level, and that patients enrolled in an exercise program have a much greater chance of fighting that fatigue and regaining some quality of life.”

In Moving On, a customized physical activity regimen is developed by an exercise conditioning specialist from the GHS Life Center® Health & Conditioning Club and the oncology rehab nurse coordinator. Moreover, the program provides access to leading-edge research looking at finding a cure for fatigue. Click here to learn more about Moving On.