Breast Cancer Care

A diagnosis of breast cancer may be devastating news, but today's advanced technology and the experience of caregivers in our community offer many options and a dose of optimism.

Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in one or both breasts. They can invade nearby tissues and form a mass, called a malignant tumor. The cancer cells can spread (metastasize) to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body. Most tumors in the breast grow slowly, though some grow very quickly. Most breast cancer occurs in women, but men can get breast cancer, too.

Learn more about breast cancer.

Great progress has been made in treating breast cancer. Most women who have breast cancer have surgery to remove the cancer. For early-stage breast cancer, that often means removing some breast tissue rather than the whole breast. Before or after surgery, you may have radiation therapy, anti-cancer medications (chemotherapy) or hormone therapy to shrink or kill cancer cells. You and your team of breast cancer specialists will weigh many factors and decide on a treatment plan. Learn all you can about breast cancer and its treatment so you can make choices that are right for you.

Among the tools Sacred Heart’s cancer team uses to treat breast cancer are:

  • The Oregon Imaging Breast & MRI Center. This calm, tranquil center offers the most advanced technology available for diagnosing breast cancer. Staff includes radiologists specialized in diagnosing breast cancer. A trained Patient Navigator offers information and support to patients who need more tests after their initial screening. Learn more about Oregon Imaging Breast & MRI Center.
  • Mammosite. This procedure is for women who have had a lumpectomy. Rather than undergoing weeks of full breast radiation, this technique delivers a high dose of intense radiation right to the tumor site several times over just five days.
  • Smart Operating Rooms. Smart ORs are surgical suites equipped with advanced technology that helps surgeons do their best work, including minimally invasive surgery. Learn more about Smart ORs.
  • The latest chemotherapy medications.
  • Breakthrough treatments available only through clinical trials.

Treatment Locations

Most or all of the care you will need to diagnose and treat lymphoma and leukemia is available on the RiverBend medical campus from Sacred Heart and its partners in cancer care.

  • Surgery and certain inpatient and outpatient treatments are provided at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are provided to outpatients at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center, which has offices at RiverBend and on Country Club Road in Eugene. Chemotherapy is also available in the Regional Infusion Center at Sacred Heart, University District.
  • Imaging (radiology) is provided to outpatients at Oregon Imaging Centers, which has offices on the RiverBend campus and throughout Eugene and Springfield.