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)
- 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.
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 seven 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.
GHS Outpatient 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 performing a Breast Self-Exam and other important information on breast health and development.
Breast Health Awareness*
Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it can be successfully treated. Screening tests can find cancer early, when chances for survival are highest.
1. Know your risk
- Talk to both sides of your family to learn about your family health history
- Talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer
2. Get screened
- Talk with your doctor about which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk
- Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
- Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40
- Sign up for your screening reminder at www.komen.org/reminder
3. Know what is normal for you
See your health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes:
- Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
- Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
- Change in the size or shape of the breast
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin
- Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
- Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
- Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
- New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away
To see illustrations of these warnings signs, please visit the breast cancer Warning Signs & Symptoms page.
4. Make healthy lifestyle choices
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Add exercise into your routine
- Limit alcohol intake
- Limit menopausal hormone use
- Breastfeed, if you can
5. Take a free breast-health risk assessment.
*Information provided by Susan G. Komen
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 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.