EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region and the North Carolina Specialty Hospital have teamed together to combine decades of medical excellence and compassionate care for women undergoing breast biopsies and breast surgeries.
Our Breast Care Team includes oncoplastic and reconstructive surgeons, oncologists, and cancer rehabilitation specialists. We take a multidisciplinary approach when developing and implementing ongoing care plans. Each individual treatment solution is designed with the priority of being patient-centered and compassionate. This includes a bi-weekly check-in with our Breast Care Team to discuss your progress.
Our goal is to see every new patient within 24 hours, knowing you want to move quickly and efficiently to set up a diagnosis and treatment plan.
What Is a Surgical Breast Biopsy?
A breast biopsy involves the removal of breast tissue and/or fluid to check for the presence of breast cancer. There are a few different types of breast biopsy procedures.
- Fine-needle Aspiration (FNA)
This type of biopsy may be recommended for a fluid-filled lump in the breast that is also easily accessible. Your EmergeOrtho—Triangle region doctor may utilize an ultrasound-guided biopsy for ultimate precision when extracting fluid from the cystic lump.
- Core-needle Biopsy
For this method, local anesthesia is used to numb the biopsy area. A physician uses what is referred to as a “core” (or hollow) needle to extract a tissue sample from the breast. In some instances, a small marker is placed in the breast tissue to mark the location of the biopsy. If surgery is needed, the marker works as a placeholder for the surgeon to easily locate the abnormal breast tissue. Ultrasound and X-Ray equipment may be utilized to help provide further accuracy during a core-needle biopsy.
- Surgical Biopsy
A surgical biopsy, also known as a lumpectomy, is performed in a hospital/surgery center facility where local anesthesia and IV medications can be administered. Both a portion (or all) of the abnormal breast tissue and a small amount of normal breast tissue are surgically removed through a one-to-two inch incision. Similar to a core-needle biopsy, a marker may be placed in the breast—referred to as wire localization—to help guide the surgeon should surgery be required.
What Are the Treatment Options for Breast Cancer?
If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, our Triangle Breast Care Specialists are here to help you—every step of the way. Our exemplary physicians, nurses, and staff receive up-to-date training on the latest techniques and utilize state-of-the-art technology.
There are a variety of treatment options for breast cancer. A consultation with one of our highly-qualified, board-certified Breast Care Physicians will help determine the best breast care treatment plan for your specific needs.
Possible breast cancer treatments include:
Depending on each unique person and situation, there are different types of surgeries to address multiple types of breast cancer. Breast-conserving surgery, for example, can include a lumpectomy, partial mastectomy, and other types of procedures designed to remove only the cancerous portion of the breast. Alternately, a mastectomy surgery may be suggested in the event the entire breast tissue and surrounding-tissues need to be removed. A double mastectomy procedure describes the removal of both breasts.
- Biological Therapy
Biological therapy aligns with the body’s natural immune system to help fight cancer cells and can also be used to help manage the side effects of other cancer treatments.
Chemotherapy can be administered through pills and/or intravenously to kill cancer cells.
- Hormonal Therapy
Hormonal therapy can prevent hormones such as estrogen and progesterone from helping cancer cells grow.
- Radiation Therapy
Also referred to as “radiotherapy,” radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells. Radiation therapy eliminates any remaining mutated cells that may be in the breast or armpit areas following a surgical procedure.
- Targeted Therapy
Target therapy utilizes medication designed to prevent the growth of breast cancer cells. Each drug has a specific use and interaction to block cancer cells. Examples of target therapy drugs include Trastuzumab and lapatinib.
Additional Breast Care Options
In addition to personalized treatment solutions, our EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region Breast Care Team includes certified breast prosthetic fitters who have specialized training in post-surgery issues. Our entire staff works together, helping each and every patient choose from a wide selection of prosthetics and bras (in-house).
Our full Breast Care services and procedures include:
- Breast biopsies
- Breast conservation
- Oncoplastic surgery
- Sentinel lymph node biopsies
- Surgical treatment
- Physical therapy
- Pain management
- Psychological and emotional support
Outstanding innovation is only one of the reasons EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region is the leading expert in breast care. Patients and their families are often overwhelmed by the need to coordinate a complex array of multiple specialties. Our priority is to help make the process as helpful and streamlined as possible.
With compassionate and patient-centered care, we are dedicated to helping all our Breast Care Patients Emerge Stronger. Healthier. Better.
Request a consultation now, or please call us any time at (919) 220-5255.