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.
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.
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
Schedule Mammogram Screening
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.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.
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
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