The Breast Cancer Program at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold offers state-of-the-art services, expertise, and technology for detecting, diagnosing, treating and helping patients recover from breast cancer. Because our focus is on the whole patient, not simply the disease, we also offer guidance on maintaining breast health, screenings to detect cancer early, and complementary therapies to support self-healing and emotional well-being for those who are undergoing treatment.
 
Our multidisciplinary, integrated approach assures patients and their family’s continuity of care and the convenience of finding everything under one roof in the friendly, attentive environment of a community-based medical center.
The Breast Cancer Team
The breast cancer team is led by an outstanding group of board-certified physicians specializing in surgery, radiation oncology, and medical oncology. Trained at leading academic medical centers, these doctors combine their expertise to evaluate and treat all stages of the disease. The team also includes Magnet-designated nurses credentialed in chemotherapy and certified in cancer care and other professionals focused on patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Accurate Diagnosis and Staging of Breast Cancer
If screening tests indicate that you could have cancer, the next step is to have a biopsy. During this test, cells from the area of concern are removed so they can be studied in the lab. There are several types of biopsies. Your physician will determine which one is best for you. Biopsies are performed at CentraState’s Women’s Health Center by specially trained radiologists or surgeons and an all-female team of nurses and clinicians.
  • Stereotactic Needle Biopsy (STNB)—STNB is a core biopsy that uses X-rays and computer coordinates. It offers a groundbreaking alternative to standard, open surgical biopsy. STNB procedures are performed in an outpatient setting using local anesthesia. During this procedure, small samples of tissue are removed for analysis using a hollow needle. This revolutionary diagnostic procedure is less invasive, less painful, and less costly than traditional surgical biopsy.
  • Breast Needle Localization—Prior to surgery, a radiologist localizes the area in the breast to be biopsied by inserting a guidewire. The guidewire "hooks" around the area to be biopsied. The patient is then immediately transported to the Operating Room, where the surgeon makes an incision following the guidewire and accurately excises the targeted tissue.
  • Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy—This type of biopsy is useful when suspicious changes are detected through mammograms and ultrasounds, but no abnormality can be felt during an exam. The minimally invasive procedure involves no exposure to radiation, is performed in an outpatient setting, and takes less time than a traditional surgical biopsy.
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy—A sentinel lymph node biopsy is a way of pinpointing the first few lymph nodes into which a tumor drains (called the "sentinel" node.) This helps doctors remove only those nodes that are most likely to contain cancer cells since the sentinel nodes are the first place cancer is likely to spread. This may help to alleviate the need for additional nodes to be removed if the sentinel node is negative.
Lab results are analyzed to determine if the tissue is benign (non cancerous) or cancerous. If it is cancer, then the biopsy can help to tell what type of cancer it is and whether or not it is invasive.
 
Other clinical tests may be needed to determine the stage (extent) of the cancer. For example, is it confined to the breast or has it spread. Once the stage is determined, an appropriate treatment plan can be developed.
Individualized Breast Cancer Treatment Options
Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan developed by the breast cancer team. The plan is based on your unique age, life expectancy, health status, lifestyle and personal preferences; the severity of the breast cancer and whether it is a recurrence of a pre-existing cancer; and the potential complications or side effects of each therapeutic approach.
 
The Breast Cancer Program offers these leading treatments for breast cancer: surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
Click to Open/Close  Breast Conserving Surgery
Click to Open/Close  Mastectomy
Click to Open/Close  Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
Click to Open/Close  Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
Clinical Trials
Some patients may be eligible to participate in clinical trials in which they receive an emerging breast cancer treatment before it becomes publicly available.
Complementary, Supportive Services
Patients may find dealing with the emotional and physical effects of breast cancer to be stressful, even isolating. To help them cope, we offer an array of supportive services such as wellness programs and support groups.





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The Women's Health Center at CentraState has been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The Women's Health Center is the only facility in western Monmouth County and one of only 34 imaging facilities in New Jersey to receive the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the ACR. The center has also been named a Pink Ribbon Facility by Hologic®.

CentraState’s Radiation Oncology and Ultrasound Departments are also accredited by the ACR.









Call 855-411-CANCER for more information about the Breast Cancer Program at CentraState.







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