At the Greenville Health System (GHS) Multidisciplinary Breast Health Program, we strive to put our patients at the center of a comprehensive, compassionate, and convenient delivery system for all breast health needs.
Breast Health Center
The Breast Imaging Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic services including digital mammography, breast MRI with biopsy capabilities, and other image-guided biopsy techniques. The center’s four radiologists dedicate their clinical practices to breast imaging. Our Breast Health Center is adjacent to the imaging center and offers a full range of benign and malignant breast disease management by a team of surgeons dedicated to breast health. The proximity of radiologists and surgeons ensures close, team-oriented interactions focused on answering a person’s questions and addressing their breast health problems.
A major focus of our program is the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. The Multidisciplinary Breast Center (MDC) brings together physicians and services from many specialties including medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, radiology, pathology, fertility specialist, genetic counselors, and access to clinical trials and research. The goal of the MDC is to provide the most advanced breast cancer care and emotional support while eliminating the delays many cancer patients experience in the course of diagnosis to treatment.
The GHS Cancer Center serves as the nucleus of our program with specialized breast care centers located throughout the community. As with other types of cancer, it is vitally important for physicians to first understand the specific nature of breast cancer before tailoring a treatment plan to the patient. Within Greenville Health System (GHS), there is a strong emphasis on preoperative studies and interdisciplinary physician collaboration to help ensure that the patient’s care plan has been considered from a wide variety of expert angles before a breast cancer operation.
One of our specially trained and certified breast nurse navigators is available 24/7 to answer questions and provide support. We are committed to continuously evaluating outcomes and making the necessary adjustments to constantly improve the breast care we deliver to the women in our community. Please contact us at (864) 454-8282.
Breast Health Center
Our Breast Health Center, located in Building A at the Patewood Medical Campus, brings together a team of surgeons and radiologists focused on providing you with the best in breast care. We deliver comprehensive breast care, ranging from basic cancer risk assessment and breast cancer screening to the evaluation of common breast problems, including the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. No matter what your breast health question is, we will be there to provide compassionate, comprehensive answers.
Many GHS surgeons are experienced in performing breast treatment procedures. Their expertise and surgical services are essential to support the high demand for breast cancer-related operations in the Upstate. To learn more about our surgeons, please follow the provided links.
If you would like an appointment or have any questions about our program, please call us at (864) 454-2224.
Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Center
The Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Center (MDC), located in the Memorial Medical Office Building on the Greenville Memorial Medical Campus, brings together physicians and services from all the crucial specialties—including medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, radiology, pathology, fertility, genetic counselors, with access to clinical trials and research. This “one-stop shopping” approach helps us at the Breast Cancer MDC provide you and your family with the most advanced, comprehensive breast cancer care along with the necessary emotional support, while eliminating the delays many cancer patients experience in the course of diagnosis to treatment.
If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, you will be paired with one of our specially trained and certified breast nurse navigators who will be available 24 hours a day to answer questions and provide support. We are committed to continuously evaluating outcomes and making the necessary adjustments to constantly improve the breast care we deliver to the women in our community.
Planning is Everything
Before scheduling a breast operation, GHS surgeons often work closely with radiologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists. This interaction – whether it takes place under the auspices of the Oncology Multidisciplinary Center (MDC), the Breast Cancer Tumor Board or simply a conference call between colleagues – leads to improved clinical outcomes.
For instance, an increasing number of patients are being referred for neoadjuvant chemotherapy to reduce the size of their tumors so that their operations ultimately can be less invasive.
In years past, these same patients typically would have gone to the operating table, with plans for their chemotherapy developed after surgery.
Changing Mindsets, Evolving Best Practices
In the treatment of breast cancer, both patients and surgeons have been slow to accept some new standards of care. For instance, studies show that approximately 50 percent of women are having mastectomies to eliminate their breast cancer when this figure should be closer to 25 percent. “Seventy percent to 80 percent of women with breast cancer qualify for lumpectomies,” Dr. Blouin emphasized. “There is a misconception that mastectomy is the safest option.”
Part of the problem is a lack of understanding of the extent of the cancer and the patient’s overall risk. This fear of the unknown extends beyond surgery into decisions that determine postoperative care, such as need for chemotherapy. GHS physicians stress the importance of genetic testing to identify those patients at extremely high risk for developing breast cancer GHS offers genetic counseling and testing for BReast CAncer (BRCA) gene mutations. For women who have early-stage breast cancer that is estrogen receptor positive and lymph node negative, the oncotype DX test can help determine whether the patient will benefit from chemotherapy. OncotypeDX testing actually analyzes the genes in the patient’s tumor cells. In many cases postoperative chemotherapy – and all of its unpleasant side effects – doesn’t improve outcomes for these low-risk patients and isn’t medically necessary. “Some just don’t need it,” Dr. Blouin states. By the same token, if a cancer patient’s tumor and node anaylysis indicates a significant risk of recurrence of the cancer, she most likely should receive an aggressive treatment regimen.
There also are options for postoperative breast radiation therapy. Total breast radiation is most commonly utilized. However, partial breast radiation is an option for some patients. Partial breast radiation delivers radiation locally to the site where the cancer was removed and requires much less time than total breast radiation, states Dr. Blouin.
Dr. Wendy Corrnett, a breast surgeon at GHS states; “As part of planning for each patient’s surgery we look at all the tests to make sure we offer the best procedure for each individual patient”.
To learn more about our surgeons, please follow the provided links above. If you would like an appointment to the Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Cancer Center or have any questions about our program, please call us at (864) 454-8282.