Leading provider in breast cancer care
Breast tumors, whether cancerous or non-cancerous, are among the most serious health problems that women face today and receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is especially daunting. Early detection, coupled with early treatment of breast tumors or “lumps,” are the most powerful tools to return women to good health.
The comprehensive team of medical experts at the Rose Total Breast Care program is by your side every step of the way, delivering the highest quality of care for the diagnosis and treatment of breast tumors and breast cancer.
If you have been given a breast cancer diagnosis at another facility, but are feeling unsure of it, our radiologists at Rose Total Breast Care are happy to offer a second opinion. Our radiologists review your previous results and order further testing to confirm your diagnosis. Please call us at (303) 320-2568 to learn more about getting a second opinion.
Rose is the leading provider of breast cancer care in the state of Colorado. 91.4 percent of all Rose breast cancer patients are alive five years after their treatment, compared to an average 86.3 percent across other Colorado hospitals. Additionally, 40.9 percent of our Stage IV breast cancer patients are alive five years after treatment. This is more than 10 percent higher than the average at other Colorado hospitals.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides you with convenient access to leading-edge cancer therapies and clinical trials. Through our Sarah Cannon oncology programs, we offer patients personal, individualized care with a trusted network of specialists who address every aspect of cancer care.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Rose Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions about screenings, signs or symptoms, a specially trained askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or click here to connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.
Rose difference for your breast health
The Total Breast Care program at Rose delivers the highest quality of care for the diagnosis and treatment of breast tumors and breast cancer. Our breast oncology nurse navigators are your advocates, helping to reinforce and support the physician/patient relationship. Our oncology-trained nurse navigators guide cancer patients with supportive help, improve care experiences, assist physicians and maintain quality outcomes.
Our oncology nurse navigators work with their patients to create individualized survivorship care plans, a long-term plan for survivorship that provides patients and their loved ones with additional information, resources and tools to help successfully transition to life after cancer.
We are committed to making this process as easy for our patients as possible. For patients who are traveling from out of town to receive treatment at Rose and who need to stay in Denver, we have a travel program for patients with special deals at area hotels. Additionally, for all patients having surgery at Rose, we offer convenient online pre-registration through the MyHealthOne patient portal, saving you time on the day of surgery.
The accredited Rose Total Breast Care program assures leading-edge, comprehensive and quality care. We are accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), administered by the American College of Surgeons. The American College of Surgeons recognizes cancer care programs for commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, multidisciplinary patient centered care—a distinction earned by only 25 percent of hospitals nationwide.
Treating breast cancer
Surgery is generally considered to be the first option when treating breast cancer. Luckily, Sarah Cannon at Rose Medical Center offers an array of surgical options to treat breast cancer, including:
- Wire needle localization
- Sentinel node biopsy
- Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery
- SCOUT® wire-free radar localization system
Alternatively, radiation therapy may also be a vital component of your breast cancer treatment plant. In fact, Rose Medical Center offers certain patients the possibility of intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT). This advanced system allows for an entire course of radiation to be delivered to a patient in the operating room at the time of their surgery. Rose has the leading IORT program in the U.S.
Wire needle localization
For all patients receiving a lumpectomy and most patients receiving a mastectomy, your radiologist will place a small wire into the area of abnormality before surgery. This procedure is important to help your surgeon and pathologist correctly identify the area of abnormality during surgery. This procedure lasts about 20 to 40 minutes and the patient is provided a local anesthetic to numb the area. In order to confirm the proper placement, a mammogram is conducted when the wire is in place.
Sentinel node biopsy
The sentinel nodes are the most likely to have cancer in them if your cancer has spread to the nodes. These lymph nodes will be removed during surgery if they have become affected by the cancer. Prior to the procedure, a radioactive iodine injection will be administered to the nipple. The dye will identify the sentinel nodes to your surgeon by following the drainage path.
Breast cancer surgery with minimal scarring
Visible scars can be a painful reminder of an already painful breast cancer journey. At Rose, our surgical team is proud to offer the Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery program, an advanced approach to breast cancer surgery resulting in minimized visible scarring. Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery can be used in nipple sparing mastectomies and lumpectomies.
The Hidden Scar™ approach uses only a single incision to remove cancerous tissue made in an inconspicuous area to minimize visible scarring. This approach allows surgeons to preserve a natural-looking breast by sparing the nipple, areola and surrounding tissue. Patients who undergo this approach are also at no higher risk of recurrence than patients who undergo any other type of technique.
Our surgeons are able to perform breast cancer procedures using this technique with better safety, efficiency and precision, while optimizing clinical and aesthetic outcomes for patients. This procedure can have a positive impact on patients’ psychological and emotional recovery.
Qualifications for this advanced technique depend on a patient’s tumor size and location, breast shape and size and the surgeon’s training.
Wire-free breast surgery
Most women with early-stage breast cancer choose to undergo breast conserving surgery, rather than a full removal of the breast. During this surgery, the surgical team is concerned first with removing all the tumor and next with conserving as much healthy breast tissue as possible. Rose surgeons are now able to conserve healthy tissue in an easier, more convenient way using the SCOUT® wire-free radar localization system.
Radar localization involves placing a tiny device the size of a grain of rice into the tumor through imaging guided needle placement, typically mammography or ultrasound. Patients will not feel the device and are able to resume normal activity following the placement. The device is inactive until it is activated in the operating room, when your surgeon uses safe, non-radioactive radar waves to locate and remove the tumor and device.
Benefits of radar localization include:
- The ability to place the device on a separate day, increasing convenience and lessening patient anxiety
- The device is not externally visible after placement and will not restrict daily activities
- Placement beforehand may minimize wait time on the day of surgery
- It provides guidance for precise tumor localization, which helps increase the likelihood of complete tumor removal and helps reduce the chances for a second surgery
- The surgeon can plan the incision during surgery, which may allow for less tissue removal and thus better cosmetic results
Qualification for surgery utilizing the SCOUT® device depends on the patient’s medical history, tumor size and location and breast shape and size.My mammogram is positive. Should I be worried?
Am I at risk for breast cancer?
Being at risk for breast cancer is not solely dependent on family history. While most women are not inherently at risk for breast cancer, there are many risk factors that may impact your risk. However, it is important to note that having one or more risk factors does not mean you will definitely get cancer.
If you have questions about your risk factors, please contact our partner facility at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers at (303) 321-0302 to discuss your concerns.
Risk factors for breast cancer may be a function of age, ethnicity or family history, such as:
- Older women are more at risk than younger women
- Women are more at risk than men
- Women with certain gene mutations (including ATM, BRCA1, BRCA2, CDH1, CHEK2, NBN, NF1, PALB2, PTEN, STK11, TP53)
- Women with a first degree relative with breast cancer
- It is recommended to start receiving mammograms 10 years before that relative was diagnosed with breast cancer
- Having two first degree relatives with breast cancer increases risk three-fold
- Women previously diagnosed with breast cancer are at high risk for getting a new breast cancer in the opposite breast
- White women are more at risk of developing breast cancer than African American, Hispanic/Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander or American Indian/Alaska Native women
- Women with dense breast tissue; this can be determined through a mammogram
- Women who had their first menstrual period before age 12
- Radiation therapy to the chest at a young age
- Previous diagnosis of atypical ductal hyperplasia, atypical lobular hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in breast tissue
- Menopause after age 55
Lifestyle- or health-related choices may also increase your risk for breast cancer, including:
- Women who had their first child after age 30 or have never had a full-term pregnancy
- Women using hormone replacement therapy long-term
- Women who drink alcohol
- Women who are overweight or obese
- Women who do not exercise regularly