Supporting you through your breast cancer journey
Every breast cancer journey is different, and Ascension Saint Thomas care teams will be by your side supporting you.
Breast Cancer Care at Ascension Saint Thomas
A breast cancer diagnosis can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Ascension Saint Thomas breast cancer specialists are here to answer your questions and help support your well-being — in mind, body and spirit. We listen to what’s important to you, creating a care plan that’s focused on you.
Breast cancer screening and beyond
Taking charge of your breast health means making a breast exam part of your health routine. Often, it can be part of your regular, Primary care or OB/GYN check up. Your screening may include a breast exam by your doctor, a digital 3D Tomosynthesis mammogram and breast ultrasounds. Ascension breast care specialists can help you learn proactive steps to keep your breasts healthy.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Guiding the way through breast cancer
Breast cancer isn’t just one disease or one type of cancer. Understanding breast cancer and the steps to treat it can be confusing. Our experienced specialists take the time to explain your diagnosis and treatment options, answer your questions and tell you what you might expect.
Your personalized care plan may include:
- Radiation therapy
- Chemotherapy and precision medicine
- Biotherapy, immunotherapies and anti-hormonal therapies
Meet our Specialists
Our group of surgeons and nurse practitioners who focus entirely on the detection and advanced surgical treatment of breast cancer and breast disease.
Elizabeth Schaeffer, MSN, NP-C
Our Breast Cancer Care Locations:
- Ascension Saint Thomas Dekalb Hospital
- Ascension Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital
- Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
- Ascension Saint Thomas River Park Hospital
- Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital
- Ascension Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital
- Ascension Saint Thomas West Hospital
High Risk Surveillance Program
Led by Ascension Saint Thomas Medical Partners (STMP) breast specialists, the STMP High Risk Surveillance Program provides a unique place for women to receive specialized care and individualized medical advice related to their potential risk of developing breast cancer. The program is designed for women with significant family history of genetic mutations or higher than average risk for breast cancer.
We provide comprehensive evaluation of individual risk based on family health history, personal health history, potential genetic risk and results of mammograms and other breast diagnostic services. Reviewing all of the risk factors in one comprehensive setting provides the information needed for women to evaluate risk and if needed, make changes in lifestyle or surveillance activities.
- Breast health education
- Clinical breast exam
- Additional imaging studies
- Genetic counseling and testing
- Preventive therapies
- Nutrition counseling
- Prophylactic surgery or surgical intervention