Among Vermont women, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death, after lung cancer. The key to increasing a woman’s chances of long term survival is early detection through regular breast self-exams, clinical breast exams, and mammograms. According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is confined to the breast, the five-year survival rate is close to 100%.
At CVMC, we have a highly skilled staff that works collaboratively to ensure that you receive the best care possible, from early screening to cancer treatment plans. For complete information about Preventative Breast Care, click here.
Breast Cancer Treatment Options at CVMC
Every diagnosis of breast cancer is unique and requires a specialized treatment plan designed to provide you with the most favorable outcome possible. Treatment is determined based upon a number of factors, including the size and location of the tumor, the stage of the cancer, and results of other laboratory tests.
Breast Cancer Treatment options available at CVMC include surgery, radation oncology, medical oncology and hematology, rehabilitation services, such as lymphedema therapy, nutrition counseling, and more.
The first step in a breast cancer treatment plans is usually surgery. Our skilled team of surgeons work with our radiology, surgical and laboratory departments to perform breast conservation/lumpectomies, mastectomies, and sentinel node biopsies.
The first step in a breast cancer treatment plan is usually surgery. Depending on the tumor location, size, grade, and lymph node status, you will have various surgical options.
Find out more about Breast Cancer procedures done at Central Vermont Medical Center.
Radiation Therapy may be recommended as a follow-up to surgery in order to eliminate any remaining breast cancer cells potentially surrounding the surgical area. Radiation typically begins one month after surgery in order to allow the breast tissue time to heal.
The National Life Cancer Treatment Center at CVMC has state-of-the-art radiation therapy technology, along with a team of highly skilled and caring professionals.
Learn more about Radiation Oncology Services.
Medical Oncology and Hematology
Chemotherapy is another possible treatment for breast cancer and may be used in addition to surgery or other treatments. Other medical oncology services include hormone therapy, symptom management, and treatment planning.
Our professional team of medical oncologists, hematologists and nurses at Mountainview Medical provides patients and their families with the best and most compassionate cancer care possible.
Learn more about our Medical Oncology and Hematology services.