Overview

The Providence Breast Centers provide a compassionate, comforting environment where every patient receives personalized attention and care. Our team of expert health care professionals strives to meet each patient’s medical and emotional needs.

Multispecialty breast cancer conferences are held weekly at the Providence Breast Centers. At these meetings, physicians present individual patients’ cases to the care team for expert discussion of the best approaches to treatment and care. The conference promotes nationally recognized therapies.  Treatment decisions are based on the most current evidence-based guidelines.

Treatment options include radiation therapy, surgery, biotherapy, chemotherapy and other medical oncology and clinical trials.

At the center of every discussion are the individual patient’s preferences, with focus on enhancing the quality of life through treatment, rehabilitation services and the use of integrative medicine.

Oncology nurse navigators are often the first points of contact and help patients understand the crucial next steps after a breast cancer diagnosis. They provide education, address concerns, offer referrals to helpful resources, and provide support from the time of diagnosis through treatment and on to survivorship.

Our support team also includes:

  • Oncology social workers who help patients and their families adjust to challenges of everyday life following a cancer diagnosis and offer access to a range of medical and nonmedical resources.
  • The Breast Cancer Outreach Program where patients with breast cancer receive support from trained volunteers who have experienced the disease themselves. These volunteers provide information, peer support and practical tips on coping with cancer.
  • Providence Cancer Survivor Clinic which helps with the transition from active treatment to life as a cancer survivor, and what to expect.
  • The services of our Transitions: An Appearance Center locations in Portland are dedicated to healing and well-being, inside and out. More than just a boutique for cancer patients, Transitions provides a nurturing environment to help you feel like yourself again.

All of these services partner closely with our medical practitioners and partners in your care.

Our Portland-area breast centers, the Ruth J. Spear Breast Center at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and the Safeway Foundation Breast Center at Providence Portland Medical Center, are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, or NAPBC. Only breast centers that voluntarily commit to providing the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous performance evaluation process by the American College of Surgeons receive the recognition.

Providence offers care for women who cannot afford treatment, at times this is through the Oregon Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. This program helps low-income, uninsured and medically underserved women gain access to lifesaving screening programs for early detection of breast and cervical cancers. This program may also provide support for treatment in select situations. Funding for this program is provided by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information and eligibility requirements, please call the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program toll-free hotline, 877-255-7070.

In Southern Oregon, Providence Medford Medical Center offers financial support for the cost of mammograms for women who qualify for assistance, through The Sister Therese Kohles Fund. Please ask the scheduler for information when making your appointment.

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