Breast Care Center
From routine breast care to comprehensive breast cancer treatment, Porter Adventist Hospital offers a full-range of breast health and screenings services focused on caring for a patient's mind, body and spirit. We educate women about all of their available treatment options and provide hope when it matters most.
The Breast Care Center at Porter Adventist Hospital, in Denver, Colorado has been nationally recognized for excellence in breast cancer treatment and patient care. Specifically, our center has been certified or accredited by the following organizations.
- Recognized as an American College for Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
- Certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Mammography Quality Standards Act and Program
As a multidisciplinary breast clinic in Denver, Porter Adventist Hospital offers a wide range of breast care services. By utilizing state-of-the-art technology, along with compassionate care, you will receive the personalized experience you deserve.
Breast cancer nurse navigators
Nurse navigators are a valuable resource to help patients overcome barriers to cancer care.
Often, nurse navigators are the first point of contact for patients moving from an initial screening, such as a mammogram, to a more detailed diagnostic workup. They also serve as the main point of contact as patients leave the health care system and begin their lives as cancer survivors.
The nurse navigator at The Breast Care Center, is part advocate, part educator, part support system and part nurse. Our nurse navigator knows that when working with patients she is involved in very personal aspects of their lives and respects this privilege. She follows patients through their entire breast cancer care process. Sometimes that means putting them in touch with each other, setting up appointments, recommending questions to ask the doctor or even accompanying patients to appointments. At The Breast Care Center, our nurse navigator is an advocate for each breast cancer patient we see.
Some of the specific services that a nurse navigator handles include:
- Helping patients get prevention or early detection services
- Providing information about health insurance
- Helping patients locate resources within the community, such as wigs and prostheses
- Notifying patients about clinical trials
- Helping patients overcome barriers to treatment, such as transportation issues and child care
Breast cancer clinic
The Breast Care Center at Porter Adventist Hospital features a multidisciplinary breast cancer clinic that integrates a team of cancer experts and medical specialists to give patients the most comprehensive set of treatment options available.
Porter's multidisciplinary breast cancer clinic is a nationally accredited breast cancer treatment program that combines patient comfort and care with clinical expertise and experience – a rare combination that makes Porter Adventist Hospital a destination treatment center for breast cancer patients throughout Colorado.
The multidisciplinary breast clinic is designed to help patients understand and begin cancer treatment quickly. Where it can take up to eight weeks for a patient to complete an initial round of appointments, the Breast Care Center bring together an entire team of cancer experts in a single day to create a fully customized treatment plan tailored to a woman's clinical needs, personal concerns and lifestyle.
The Breast Care Center at Porter, specializes in breast cancer treatment and compassionate care for our patients. While breast cancer treatment is our primary focus, the Porter Breast Center is also a leading provider of care for benign breast diseases and lymphedema.
Our team of expert physicians, nurses and other cancer specialists are skilled and experienced in the treatment of all types of breast cancer including early stage, metastatic and inflammatory breast forms of the disease.
Benign Breast Disease
The Porter Breast Center also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of noncancerous breast conditions such as irregular lumps, cysts, and breast discomfort. Many of these conditions can be attributed to hormone fluctuations and include fibroadenomas, nipple discharge, infection, cysts, fat necrosis, sclerosing adenosis, intraductal papilloma and hyperplasia.
When lymph vessels and nodes are damaged or removed, patients may experience increased swelling of fibrotic tissue that makes them more susceptible to infection. To combat this condition, the Porter Breast Center provides Complete Decongestive Therapy to help patients recover from lymphedema.
Treating breast cancer often involves more than one approach and many different treatment options. At The Breast Care Center, we specialize in multiple breast cancer treatment options and therapy combinations, including:
- Breast conservation and breast-sparing surgery
- Lumpectomy and partial mastectomy
- Skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomy
- Total and radical mastectomy
- Double mastectomy or bilateral mastectomy
- Prophylactic mastectomy for breast cancer prevention
- Mastectomy with breast reconstruction surgery
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy
- Radiation therapy
- Clinical trials of investigational medicine and procedures
Our experienced team of caregivers takes time to discuss all potential breast cancer treatment options before any treatment is recommended. We listen carefully to all patient concerns and wishes to ensure that a patient’s breast cancer treatment plan is ideally suited to their unique situation.
The Breast Care Center at Porter, fully supports a patient's decision to get a second opinion and we welcome patients seeking a second opinion from us.
Your choice of cancer treatment involves a number of important and complex considerations, including a number of medical and personal factors. A second opinion may help you feel more confident in your decision-making.
Many insurance companies cover the cost of a second opinion and numerous cancer advocacy organizations recommend that patients know all of their options before starting any type of cancer treatment.
Breast care services at Porter Adventist Hospital
- 3D mammography
- Clinical breast exams
- Breast ultrasounds
- Breast cancer treatment
- Ultrasound guided breast biopsies
- DEXA Bone density scans
- Preoperative needle localization
- Genetic counseling
A cancer diagnosis is a life changing event, both for patients and their family. As a result, Porter Adventist Hospital offers a wide range of support services to help people cope with the anxiety, fear, depression, panic, vulnerability and other experiences of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, individual and family counseling is available to any oncology patient or family at no charge, regardless of where they are treated.
The following support groups serve a very unique role to participants in that both patients and families have the opportunity to meet others who are successfully navigating this journey.
Weekly Support Group
The Breast Care Center Support Group is a 12-week educational group for women diagnosed with breast cancer within the past year. Each session is topic based and covers various treatment related issues, such as:
- Radiation therapy
- and more
The Breast Care Center Support Group meets weekly:
- 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
For information about the next session please call 303-778-5832. This group is offered twice a year and requires registration of at least 10 participants to be held. There is no fee, however, registration is required.
Monthly Support Group
The Monthly Breast Care Center Support Group is primarily for women diagnosed within the past year and offers education, perspective and support.
This group meets at Porter Adventist Hospital:
- First Tuesday of each month: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Please call 303-778-5832 for more information.
This free two-hour program teaches women undergoing cancer treatment how to cope with changes in their appearance and includes:
- 12-step makeup guide
- Skin and nail care
- Demonstrations on use of wigs, scarves and accessories
- Complementary makeup kit
This class is offered twice a year at Porter Adventist Hospital. Contact the American Cancer Society at 303-758-2030, ext. 472 for exact dates. Once you choose a date, you must call and register with Porter at 303-766-3888.
Counseling is available to any oncology patient and family at no charge. Services are provided by the clinical nurse specialist for oncology support services. There is no fee but appointments are required.
Please call 303-765-3888 to schedule an appointment.