Breast Cancer Care at St. Joseph Health Medical Group

St. Joseph and St. Jude Heritage Medical Group is focused on the latest treatment for breast cancer. Our patients have access to a dedicated team of experts and services exclusively devoted to the screening and diagnosis of cancer and other breast conditions. From diagnostic radiologists to breast surgeons, we apply the newest approaches to safeguard women’s health. Our mission is to diagnose cancer early and offer the latest options so we can treat it more effectively than ever before.

State-of-the-art technology, including breast–specific MRI, is used by highly trained radiologists who specialize exclusively in breast imaging. In an area where expertise often depends upon experience, our specialized experts offer a critical edge. And because we’re diagnosing cancer earlier—with fewer delayed or missed diagnoses—we’re able to treat it more effectively than ever before, putting us at the forefront of ensuring women’s well-being. In fact, we offer board-certified, fellowship-trained breast and reconstructive surgeons, ensuring we can offer women the latest options in successful treatment.

Collaborative Approach

Our physician experts understand the importance of developing customized treatment plans that focus on the unique medical needs of each patient. We work with a team of cancer specialists at our affiliate hospitals’ Breast Centers in order to create the best treatment and healing plan possible. Our collaborative approach includes:

  • Breast Surgeons. These specialists are trained to evaluate and manage patients with breast pain, benign lumps and cysts and abnormal mammograms, in addition to breast cancer.
  • Medical Oncologists. These specialists are part of your treatment team in managing your cancer symptoms and treatment, including chemotherapy.
  • Radiation Oncologists. These specialists are experts in the use of radiation therapy to cure or reduce the symptoms of cancer.
  • Pathologists. These physicians specialize in diagnosis and treatment options through laboratory tests.
  • Radiologists. These physicians specialize in diagnosis and treatment through the use of medical imaging techniques such as X-rays and other advanced
  • Cancer Genetics Counselor. This expert evaluates a patient’s risk for an inherited medical condition and provides counseling based on those risks.
  • Patient Navigator. This expert is a vital component of your support team and helps in navigating through the health system.
  • Clinical Research Professionals. These professionals are well versed in medical research and clinical trials.
  • Rehabilitation Specialists. These specialists help patients with physical functioning with the goal to regain as much independence as possible due to cancer and treatment.

Procedures Performed

We offer the newest advances in diagnosis and treatment, including:

  • Digital mammography
  • Sophisticated computer-aided detection software (works as a second pair of eyes, marking “areas of interest” on the film)
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast MRI (the most precise imaging tool available)
  • Advanced biopsy techniques, including stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI-guided biopsies
  • Minimally-invasive, breast-saving surgery

Breast Screening and Diagnostic Services

One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lives: if you’re 40 or older, or at an increased risk for breast cancer, schedule your mammogram at your earliest convenience. Regular screening is the best way to protect your health so call us today at (714) 446-5650.

Our physicians are affiliated with Providence St. Joseph Health and use the state-of-the-art services at the St. Joseph Hospital in Orange and St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton.

Are You at Risk for Breast Cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, “There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer.” However, the first line of defense is to be aware of the family history and genetics that may impact your risks since women with a close relative--including men--who has had breast cancer have a higher risk of the disease. Age and heritage can also play a role as well as breast density. Understanding lifestyle risk factors is highly recommended.

The best action a woman can take is to be proactive by doing monthly self-exams, scheduling regular medical screenings and mammograms and consulting a physician with any concerns about breast health. It’s very important to understand the lifestyle changes within your control that may increase the risk of breast cancer. Keep in mind that every woman’s risks are different. Risks to know about include:

  • Drinking alcohol has been linked to increased risk of developing breast cancer and the risk increases with the amount of alcohol one drinks.
  • It’s been found that being overweight or obese after menopause increases breast cancer risk.
  • There is growing evidence that physical activity/exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer.
  • Women who have not had children or had their first child after age 30 have been shown to have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer.
  • Studies indicate that women who use oral contraceptives may have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer than women who have never used them. The risk may go down to normal over time once oral contraceptives are discontinued.
  • Women who use combined hormone therapy also have an increased risk for breast cancer.

Preparing for Your First Mammogram

A screening mammogram for women who have no signs or symptoms of breast disease is appropriate because early detection of breast cancer is when it’s most treatable. The American Cancer Society guidelines state women 40-44 should have a choice to have a screening mammogram and that women 45-54 should get one annually. And The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 2016 states, “The decision to start screening mammography in women prior to age 50 years should be an individual one.“ Only a physician can determine when to get a screening mammogram.

Here’s what to expect when you have a mammogram:

  • Rest assured that mammograms use low-dose x-rays and can detect lumps that are too small to be felt.
  • Schedule your mammogram the week after your period when your breasts are less tender.
  • Don’t wear deodorant, powder, lotions or ointments since it may indicate a breast problem where there is none.
  • It’s best to wear a two-piece outfit so you only have to remove your top, making it easier and more comfortable for you.
  • The entire process takes 30 minutes or less. Each of your breasts will be compressed for approximately 20-30 seconds. The compression may be uncomfortable but flattening the breast is necessary to get the clearest image.
  • Our technicians understand how to make you feel as comfortable as they can before, during and after the exam.
  • Keep in mind that most unusual findings are not cancer; they could be cysts or dense tissue. Also, since this is your first time, there are no old mammograms to compare to. With your first mammogram you’re establishing a baseline that will help you and your doctor monitor your breast health going forward.
  • Your first mammogram is generally a screening test and not a diagnostic test, which evaluates specific problems or findings.
  • After the screening, a specially trained breast radiologist will review the images and report back to your physician in a timely manner.

Mammograms Save Lives

The physicians, specialists and staff of our breast health team are dedicated to help you safeguard your health with this important screening. We’re with you each step of the way. If you have questions or to schedule an appointment, call (714) 446-5650.

Our Locations

  • Orange - N. Tustin Ave 3111 N. Tustin Ave., Suite 250
    Orange, CA 92866
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  • Orange - 805 W. La Veta 805 W. La Veta Ave., Suite 101
    Orange, CA 92869
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  • Orange - 845 W. La Veta 845 W. La Veta Ave., Suite 108
    Orange, CA 92868
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  • Orange - Obstetrics/Gynecology - La Veta Ave. Suite 560 1140 W. La Veta Ave., Suite 560
    Orange, CA 92868
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  • Orange - Obstetrics/Gynecology - La Veta Ave. Suite 770 1140 W. La Veta Ave., Suite 770
    Orange, CA 92868
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  • Diamond Bar 1514 S. Valley Vista Dr.,
    Diamond Bar, CA 91765
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  • Fullerton - Women's Health Center 101 Laguna Road, Suite 100
    Fullerton, CA 92835
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  • Yorba Linda 4300 Rose Dr.,
    Yorba Linda, CA 92886
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Orange - N. Tustin Ave

Orange - N. Tustin Ave

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3111 N. Tustin Ave., Suite 250
Orange, CA 92866
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Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Orange - 805 W. La Veta

Orange - 805 W. La Veta

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805 W. La Veta Ave., Suite 101
Orange, CA 92869
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Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Orange - 845 W. La Veta

Orange - 845 W. La Veta

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845 W. La Veta Ave., Suite 108
Orange, CA 92868
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Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Orange - Obstetrics/Gynecology - La Veta Ave. Suite 560

Orange - Obstetrics/Gynecology - La Veta Ave. Suite 560

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1140 W. La Veta Ave., Suite 560
Orange, CA 92868
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Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Orange - Obstetrics/Gynecology - La Veta Ave. Suite 770

Orange - Obstetrics/Gynecology - La Veta Ave. Suite 770

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1140 W. La Veta Ave., Suite 770
Orange, CA 92868
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Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Diamond Bar

Diamond Bar

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1514 S. Valley Vista Dr.,
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
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Mon - Thur: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Lab: Mon - Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

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Fullerton - Women's Health Center

Fullerton - Women's Health Center

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101 Laguna Road, Suite 100
Fullerton, CA 92835
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Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Yorba Linda

Yorba Linda

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4300 Rose Dr.,
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
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Monday - Friday
Office: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lab: 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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