Breast cancer care in Nashville, Tennessee
TriStar Health provides breast cancer care accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Our hospitals in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky offer some of the most advanced diagnostic procedures available for detecting breast cancer.
In collaboration with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, we take a compassionate, multidisciplinary approach to the care of breast cancer patients.
To learn more about our breast cancer care services, please call askSARAH at (615) 514-2401.
Comprehensive care throughout your journey
If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, we connect you with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons and nurses to collaborate on the best path for your care. Your cancer care team supports you through each stage of your journey, from diagnosis through recovery.
Breast health navigators
TriStar health also offers you a breast health navigator - a healthcare professional trained in breast cancer care. Your navigator guides and supports patients and their families through the many challenges of breast cancer, assisting with:
- Understanding your diagnosis and available treatment options
- Overcoming barriers and coordinating care with the entire healthcare team
- Understanding your medications
- Connecting you with outside resource centers for cancer support and breast cancer-related products
- Providing educational materials
- Offering you the opportunity to participate in clinical trials, when applicable
Detecting breast cancer early
We strive to find breast cancer as early as possible. The earlier this cancer is found, the more treatable it is. That is why we urge women who are eligible to schedule annual screenings.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, women between 50 and 54 years old should have a mammogram every year. Women 55 years old and older can switch to scheduling mammograms every two years, or can continue yearly screenings.
We also encourage women to conduct regular self-exams to assess their breast health and to talk to your doctor if you suspect something is wrong.
TriStar Health's family of hospitals offer advanced imaging services paired with complete diagnostic laboratories. Some of the procedures we may use to identify and detect breast cancer include digital mammography and minimally invasive image-guided breast biopsies.
Breast cancer surgery
Once diagnosed, your doctor will work with you and other members of your care team to determine the best approach to treatment. Your care plan may include:
- Lumpectomy: This is a surgical procedure to remove the tumor and surrounding abnormal tissue from the breast. A lumpectomy is also referred to as breast-conserving surgery, as only a portion of the breast is removed. After surgery, some patients have radiation therapy treatments to remove any remaining cancer cells.
- Mastectomy: Performed as a way to treat or prevent breast cancer, a mastectomy is the surgical removal of all breast tissue from a breast. You can have a unilateral mastectomy to remove one breast or a bilateral mastectomy to remove both.
Breast cancer support
No matter where you are in the Greater Nashville area, there are a variety of cancer support groups for patients with breast cancer and their caregivers. These support groups offer events, classes and networking opportunities for patients and their families.
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As 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 (615) 514-2401 or chat online at askSARAHnow.