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Breast Care Center offers breast specialists and coordinated care

Women's Imaging Suite | Surgical Specialists Suite | Breast Cancer Support

NAPBC logoBaptist Health Louisville has been awarded a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

The Baptist Health Louisville Breast Care Center offers a team of surgical specialists and radiologists who work together to provide coordinated diagnostic, interventional and surgical breast care and follow-up in a comfortable environment.

Patients needing screening or diagnostic exams are seen in the Women’s Imaging Suite, located off the main entrance hallway near the Coffee Shop. The Surgical Specialists Suite provides an area for consultations with a surgeon for management and treatment of benign breast disease or breast cancer. The Surgical Specialists Suite is located in the central corridor, just off the main entrance to Baptist Health Louisville, next to the Pre-admission Testing area.

Women's Imaging Suite at Baptist Health Louisville

The Women's Imaging Suite at Baptist Health Louisville offers a wide range of special services just for women, including:

  • Mammography for the early detection of breast cancer
  • Mammography, breast ultrasound and stereotactic breast biopsy for evaluating breast lumps without surgery
  • Breast MRI, using magnetic waves to detect smaller breast cancers and those that may not be seen on mammograms or could be obscured by dense tissue.

Designed with patient comfort and privacy in mind, the imaging suite is located on the hospital's first floor and has its own separate waiting area. The area is staffed by experienced female technologists.

The Breast Care Center’s Women’s Imaging Suite has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). 

Pinpointing problems

To aid in the early detection of breast cancer, Baptist Health Louisville's Breast Care Center offers complete breast evaluation services, including the first FDA-approved, computer-aided detection system. This high-tech system, called ImageChecker®, helps radiologists double-check each mammogram by pointing out small and subtle signs associated with cancer.

Increasing comfort

To increase your comfort, the Breast Care Center offers an FDA-approved foam cushion, called the Woman's Touch® MammoPad®, designed to ease the discomfort many women feel when they get a mammogram.

Patients likely to benefit from using MammoPad include women with a history of breast cancer, previous pain with a mammography, recent surgery, breast implants, first-time mammograms, those taking hormone therapy, women with small or heavy breasts or those with high-anxiety about the procedure. The cushion also aids men who require a mammogram.

A single-use adhesive-backed foam cushion, it attaches to the mammography device's metal compression plates.

The cushion, which is hypoallergenic and latex-free, does not interfere with X-rays. Patients like it because it's soft, warm and helps ease the painful compression, pinching and stretching of a mammogram.

Exam time

As a woman, you have a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer during your lifetime. Used in conjunction with monthly breast self-examination and an annual physical exam from your physician, mammography can help detect breast cancer in its early, most treatable stages. The American Cancer Society recommends a screening mammogram every one to two years for women age 40-49 with no history of breast disease; every year for women over age 50.

Baptist Health Louisville offers three mammography suites, each equipped with high-resolution screening and diagnostic equipment to produce clear, sharp X-rays of breast tissue. Mammography is offered Monday through Friday, 7:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., by appointment. The exam takes about 30 minutes to perform.

On the day of your mammogram, remember:

  • Wear a two-piece outfit, so you can stay dressed from the waist down during your exam
  • Don't use any powders or underarm deodorants, because they can interfere with your results

Evaluating breast lumps

Mammography, breast ultrasound and stereotactic breast biopsy help evaluate breast lumps or abnormalities without surgery.

Nine out of 10 breast lumps aren't cancerous. If you have a breast lump, your physician may recommend you first have a mammogram. Based on those results, the radiologists at the Women's Imaging Suite may suggest an ultrasound exam to find out if the lump is solid or a fluid-filled cyst. Most cysts are benign and can be removed by aspiration which is inserting a needle into the cyst and drawing out the fluid.

If the lump is solid, your physician may recommend stereotactic breast biopsy. Using the Mammotome® system, stereotactic breast biospy is a quick and accurate one-step procedure, requiring only a needle to take tissue samples. It generally takes less than an hour to perform the procedure under a local anesthetic, minimizing patient discomfort. The incision made is very small -- no need for sutures. The samples taken are examined by a pathologist to determine if the lump is cancerous or benign.

Stereotactic breast biopsy is offered Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-noon, by appointment. The exam takes 45 to 90 minutes to perform. On the day of your exam, remember:

  • You may eat a light breakfast
  • Wear a two-piece outfit, so you can stay dressed from the waist down during your exam
  • Don't use any powders or underarm deodorants, because they can interfere with the procedure
  • Do not take aspirin or antiocoagulant medications two days before and two days after your stereotactic biopsy is performed

To make an appointment for the Women's Imaging Suite at Baptist Health Louisville, call (502) 897-8888.

And don't forget, online pre-registration is now available (at least 24 hours prior to the procedure).

Surgical Specialists Suite at Baptist Health Louisville

The Surgical Specialists Suite provides a convenient location for timely follow up to breast abnormalities, including cysts, other types of benign breast disease or suspected breast cancers. The suite is designed to put women (or men) at ease as they seek surgical counsel on the best approach to both diagnosing and treating breast problems.

From comprehensive surgical services (many of which will be scheduled in Baptist Health Louisville’s main or outpatient surgery suites) to ultrasound-guided procedures, including cyst aspirations and biopsies, the Surgical Specialist Suite offers breast specialists who can work to educate, inform, counsel and provide treatment options for those diagnosed with breast problems.

Dealing with breast cancer

For individuals who are diagnosed with or who are at high risk for developing breast cancer, the following services are available:

  • Coordinated care between the breast surgery, radiology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and plastic surgery disciplines
  • Ultrasound-guided placement of partial-breast irradiation catheters
  • Screening and treatment counseling for patients who are at high risk for developing breast cancer
  • Testing for BRCA and other mutations that are responsible for some forms of heritable breast cancer
  • Post-operative camisoles
  • Access to post-mastectomy bras and breast prostheses

To learn more about the Surgical Specialists Suite or to schedule a consultation on any of the services listed, call (502) 896-7660.

Navigating the journey

A breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, and for many, having comprehensive information and answers to a myriad of questions is the first step in moving beyond diagnosis to treatment. At Baptist Health Louisville, breast cancer nurse specialists called nurse navigators are available to guide women from the time of a positive biopsy through decisions about treatment options.

Nurse navigators can review physician recommendations to help individuals better understand their diagnosis and how their specific type of breast cancer determines the type of treatment needed. They can answer questions about surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and generally work with patients for six to nine months, depending on patient preference.

Often, just knowing what to expect during hospitalization and throughout home recovery can make the journey a little easier. These highly experienced nurse navigators can be reached through the Baptist Health Cancer Resource Center at (502) 896-3009.

Regaining movement after surgery

Baptist East physical therapists are available through a physician referral to assist patients with range of motion exercises (to help regain mobility after surgery), fittings for compression garments, manual lymphedema drainage and deep tissue massage. Learn more about Baptist East’s Lymphedema Clinic, or call (502) 897-8137.  

Support for women with breast cancer

Baptist Health Louisville offers a number of cancer support groups linking newly diagnosed women or those who are facing recurrent or metastatic disease. Visit the Cancer Support Group page for details on available support groups, and additional resources for cancer patients, including the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program and Reach to Recovery. 

Looking for a physician specialist? Remember the Baptist Health Physician Referral Service to find a physician who meets your individual needs, from insurance to a location close to work or home. Call (502) 897-8131 for assistance.