Kathryn T. McCarty Breast Center

Better outcomes begin with better diagnosis, and you’ll find them here

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Well-known for our clinically superior care, our Kathryn T. McCarty Breast Center is at the forefront of protecting women’s health through screenings, education, diagnosis, treatment and support.

A nationally-recognized Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, St. Jude Medical Center’s Breast Center offers the entire range of diagnostic options, including 3D mammography (coming July 2017), digital mammography with computer aided detection, breast MRI, and advanced biopsy techniques. If a potential problem is found, the next step in testing and diagnosis is immediately available.

Coordinated, multidisciplinary care

We bring multidisciplinary expertise to each woman’s care, from highly respected breast surgeons—performing today’s newest breast conservation and reconstruction techniques—to fellowship-trained breast radiologists who specialize exclusively in women’s imaging.

If a problem is found, state-of-the-art technologies and techniques allow us to treat breast cancer more successfully than ever thought possible, while our innovative support programs provide a level of practical and emotional support that is as remarkable as our medical excellence.

We are also actively involved in some of today’s most promising cancer research and clinical trials, ensuring our patients have access to each new breakthrough.

Award-winning care

In addition to being named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, we are one of only six in the state to be recognized by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC) for exceeding national benchmarks in over 30 separate criteria.

If needed a woman’s care seamlessly includes the expertise of our nationally-distinguished St. Jude Crosson Cancer Institute, named a Center of Excellence by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer— an honor earned by only five percent of the nation’s hospitals.

While our quality continues to earn awards, the only measurement that truly matters is our success in protecting and safeguarding the health of every woman who walks through our doors.

More About Breast Cancer Treatment at St. Jude

While the vast majority of women will never be treated for breast cancer, for those that do, the good news keeps pouring in.

Immunotherapies that activate a patient’s immune system to recognize and destroy tumors. New medications that prevent cancer cells from repairing themselves, causing the cells to die. Chemotherapies capable of targeting a patient’s tumor-specific molecular markers. Radiation therapy delivered with surgical precision, and new surgical techniques making cancer removal less invasive and more successful — all breakthroughs being used at St. Jude Medical Center to revolutionize breast cancer treatment.

“Not only are most types of breast cancer now curable, we are increasing the survivability of even the most advanced and aggressive cancers,” explains David Park, MD, Medical Director, St. Jude Medical Center Crosson Cancer Institute. Take, for instance, HER2-positive cancers, considered the most deadly breast cancers for many years, yet today mortality rates are down almost 50 percent through the development of a new class of drugs called HER2-inhibitors — research in which St. Jude Medical Center’s cancer experts were actively involved.

“Through partnerships with UCLA and some of the nation’s leading research consortiums, we are moving very promising treatments from the laboratory to the bedside,” explains Dr. Park, a board-certified medical oncologist.

Not Your Mother’s Breast Surgery

Advances in surgical techniques are not only contributing to rising survival rates, but are allowing women to recover faster and more completely, with fewer side effects or complications.

“In the last two decades, no other cancer has witnessed such a tremendous change and improvement in treatment as breast cancer,” explains Robert McCoy, MD, a highly experienced breast surgeon. “The result is not only very high survival rates but a much greater quality of life.”

Less-invasive lumpectomies that offer the same outcomes as mastectomies, improvements in surgical imaging that allow more precision, and the use of radioactive tracers to determine whether cancer has spread without removing healthy lymph nodes— a few example of how St. Jude surgeons are creating more successful treatments and recoveries.

For women having mastectomies, tumor removal and reconstruction typically take place in a single step, with new nipple-sparing and skin-sparing techniques offering a near-normal postsurgical appearance of the breast. “Allowing a patient to wake up with the cancer gone and a restored appearance offers enormous psychological and emotional benefits,” explains Michael McConnell, MD, a fellowship-trained reconstructive and plastic surgeon.

Many Experts, One Cause

Every Monday within the McCarty Breast Center, medical oncologists, breast radiologists, breast surgeons, pathologists, radiation oncologists, breast nurse navigators and cancer researchers gather to review patients’ cases, allowing a plan of care that reflects the expertise of not just one breast cancer expert but an entire team.

“Breast cancer treatment can be particularly difficult for patients who find themselves moving from specialist to specialist, gathering details about their diagnosis and then trying to fit the pieces together on their own,” explains Clarence Petrie, MD, a respected breast surgeon. “Here, a very different scenario takes place: multiple specialties look at all aspects of diagnosis and treatment, offering patients a comprehensive, highly coordinated approach to care.”

A Unique Approach

Cancer’s toll is often emotional as much as physical, which is why the Breast Center offers a uniquely comprehensive range of services, from yoga classes and peer support, to highly trained nurse navigators dedicated to providing emotional, medical and practical support through every step.

“Our focus is caring for each woman, mind, body and spirit,” explains Sue Lepich, BSN, RN, one of the breast nurse navigators who steps alongside each patient, often literally: attending doctors’ visits, supporting family members, and offering a highly knowledgeable shoulder to lean on. “Because of the unique level of support, our patients move through treatment and recovery with more confidence and much less anxiety.”

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