Breast cancer care in Thornton
Breast tumors, whether cancerous or non-cancerous, are among the most serious health problems that women face and receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be especially difficult. Early detection, coupled with early treatment of breast tumors or "lumps," are the most powerful tools to return women to good health. As a part of HealthONE's Colorado Total Breast Care network, North Suburban has breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, breast radiologists, reconstructive surgeons, and breast cancer navigators to help you at any stage of the process.
Oncology nurse navigator
Our oncology nurse navigator, Evie Hughes, provides the support patients need from cancer discovery to recovery. Through our nurse navigator program, we connect patients with education, nutritional support, psychologists and our resources for continuity of care, which leads to better outcomes.
Evie received her education from Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. It was early in her training that she experienced the deep and profound connection that occurs when caring for someone with cancer.
“I have been blessed to walk with many people on their cancer journey over the years. I learn something new about myself every time. It is truly the most rewarding career. I get to provide kindness, empathy and compassion for a living. Educating patients and their loved ones through the process is one of the most powerful gifts, and I find that to be an important constant in this position,” said Evie.
Evie has been practicing oncology nursing since 2010 and holds a specialty certification in oncology, OCN. Evie lives in Westminster with her husband Scott and their son.
Identifying breast cancer
Mammograms can help you accurately identify breast cancer and access treatment earlier. At North Suburban Medical Center, we provide mammograms to help our patients identify any breast abnormalities using state-of-the-art technology including 3D (tomosynthesis) mammography.
Breast cancer treatment options
Surgery is generally considered to be the first option when treating breast cancer. Luckily, North Suburban Medical Center provides expert surgical care for breast cancer and tumors.
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy—This is a surgical procedure to see if cancer has spread beyond a tumor and into your lymphatic system. These lymph nodes will be removed during surgery if they have become affected by the cancer. Before this procedure, a radioactive iodine injection is administered and the dye will identify the sentinel nodes to your surgeon.
- Wire-free radar localization—The wire-free radar breast localization system is designed for use by surgeons and radiologists to precisely locate and guide the removal of a tumor during a lumpectomy or surgical biopsy procedure. During the procedure, the surgeon scans the breast using a guide that emits infrared light and a radar signal providing real-time distance measurement to detect the location of a tumor within 1mm of accuracy. The ability to precisely locate tumors increases the probability of complete cancer removal and reduces the likelihood of needing follow-up surgeries—a huge advantage for early-state breast cancer patients. In addition, the ability to strategically plan the incision may result in better cosmetic outcomes. Qualification for surgery utilizing the device depends on the patient’s medical history, tumor size and location and breast shape and size.
- Radiation therapy may also be a vital component of your breast cancer treatment plan. If you are in need of radiation therapy, North Suburban partners with experts in the community to provide this service to our patients. Qualification for surgery utilizing the device depends on the patient’s medical history, tumor size and location and breast shape and size. Through our sister hospital at Rose Medical Center, Intraoperative Radiation Therapy is also an option.
For women who have undergone a total mastectomy or major lumpectomy, breast reconstruction surgery may help restore you back to normal. At North Suburban Medical Center, our experts in Breast Reconstruction can discuss the option available to you including breast conservation surgery, lumpectomy with matching reduction, and many more.
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
North Suburban Medical Center is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.