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Personalized care for breast cancer in Oklahoma

Ascension St. John Cancer Care takes a compassionate, personalized approach to breast cancer care – from early detection to comprehensive cancer treatment.

Experienced breast cancer specialists, close to home

At Ascension St. John in Oklahoma, our experienced breast cancer specialists are part of a national team of doctors, sharing best practices and advanced treatment options for breast cancer care – bringing the best of oncology to you, close to home. When you choose Ascension St. John, you get a multidisciplinary team of doctors, prioritizing early and personalized treatment: board-certified, fellowship-trained breast surgeons, breast radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, a care navigator, and a dedicated team of oncology nurses, dietitians and cancer specialists.

The Breast Cancer Care Program at Ascension St. John is recognized by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), delivering advanced diagnostic tests, high-quality treatments and follow-up care.

Your doctors and care team deliver a customized care plan for your cancer. We treat many types of breast cancer, including:

  • Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), noninvasive breast cancer in the milk ducts
  • Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), cancer of the milk ducts that has invaded breast tissue beyond the ducts
  • Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), rare, invasive cancer that blocks the lymph vessels in the breast skin
  • Invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC), begins in milk glands
  • Male breast cancer, cancer that forms in the breast tissue of men
  • Metastatic breast cancer, also known as stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body

When you’re going through breast cancer care, we’re by your side

Cancer is personal, so is the way we care for you. At Ascension St. John Cancer Care, you’re never alone. You will have face-to-face visits with your doctor, and an entire care team, dedicated to your care – connecting the dots for you. Your doctor and care team will take the time to answer all your questions – big and small. By getting to know you and working together, you get a care plan that’s customized to your needs. And with a plan, comes hope. Our goal is to help you recover faster so you can get back to home, family, life and self.

Team approach helps navigate tests and support services

Along the way, your care may require imaging, lab tests, pharmacy support, lymphedema physical therapy or other specialists -- you do not have to navigate your care alone. Upon your cancer diagnosis, or when you come to us during your cancer care, you’re paired with a cancer care navigator. Your care navigator will help you schedule appointments, connect with other services you need, and support you along the way. When you have a concern or feel unsure, don’t hesitate to talk with your care team and ask your questions.

Benefits of our approach to breast cancer care

Cancer specialists who know you and your condition review your treatment and progress. They work together to customize your overall care plan to support your physical well-being and mental and emotional health.

Ascension St. John Cancer Care offers comprehensive breast cancer care, including:

  • Breast radiology: We offer imaging locations close to home – from dedicated breast imaging centers to women’s health centers and our mobile mammogram program. The latest imaging supports mammogram screening and diagnostic tests for advanced care (3D mammograms, breast ultrasound, abbreviated breast MRI, and magnetic seed and needle  or wire localization biopsy).
  • High-risk breast cancer monitoring program: At Ascension St. John, we offer a comprehensive approach to identifying and monitoring an individual’s risk for developing breast cancer.
  • Breast surgery: Surgeons specialize in breast-conserving lumpectomy using smaller, more precise incisions and mastectomy, and can discuss options for immediate breast reconstruction, including consultation with a plastic surgeon.
  • Medical oncology: Medical oncologists work with your gynecologist and breast surgeon to deliver advanced care (chemotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted immunotherapy) to help stop cancer spread.
  • Radiation oncology: Advanced radiation therapy is used to target and destroy cancer cells while avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue.
  • Clinical trials: If you want to learn more about other possible cancer care options, talk to your doctor. You may want to ask whether cancer clinical trials are an option for you.
  • Genetic counseling and testing: If you are high-risk or have a family history of breast cancer, we deliver cancer genetic screening, testing and counseling to help you and your doctor better understand your risk for developing cancer.
  • Oncology rehabilitation with lymphedema therapy: Specially trained physical therapists deliver therapy to help manage lymphedema symptoms, such as swelling and pain.
  • Support programs and resources: Your cancer care team provides support from nutrition education and counseling to breast cancer support groups, yoga and spiritual care. And, at Ascension St. John sites of care, our healing gardens and chapels are always open to patients and your loved ones. We offer supportive care and activities for the whole you.

Ask about virtual care (telehealth or online) appointments for your first consultation and as part of your ongoing care. You can have these virtual visits from the comfort of your home. You'll be able to talk with your doctor one-on-one via video from your phone or computer and get the care that's right for you.

Get a second opinion on your breast cancer diagnosis or care plan

Get the confidence and peace of mind that your doctor and care plan are right for you. It's easy to get a second opinion at Ascension St. John. We can review your medical records and healthcare history to answer your questions and discuss options. Talk with one of our doctors about a personalized care plan.

When you are facing a new breast cancer diagnosis or are deciding on a surgical or therapeutic treatment plan, there’s a lot to think about. Our breast cancer specialists can provide a second opinion, based on our experience and as part of a national team.

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered. We can request your medical records from your doctor on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival.

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Frequently asked questions about our breast cancer care services

  • What is your cancer center known for?

    Your doctor and care team get to know you well, and you’ll receive care for the whole person – from physical health and well-being to mental and emotional health to support for your family and caregivers. At Ascension St. John Cancer Center, we provide innovative medication treatments, the latest surgical technologies and techniques, high-tech radiation facilities and support services. Our breast surgeons are part of a national team of cancer specialists sharing the latest in cancer care knowledge and research.

    At Ascension St. John, we provide many advanced treatments, including:

    • Breast-conserving surgery
    • Breast reconstruction and reshaping
    • Hidden Scar™ breast surgery
    • Hormone therapy
    • Immunotherapy and advanced targeted drug therapy
    • Lymph node transplantation
    • Minimally invasive breast biopsy with magnetic seed, fine needle, or wire localization
    • Radiation treatments (including brachytherapy, external beam, stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic radiation therapy)
  • Does breast screening help detect cancer early?

    Getting regular breast health screenings and health checkups may help find breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable. We recommend women get a mammogram each year, starting at age 40, or earlier if you have a family history of breast cancer. When you choose women’s health and breast specialists at Ascension St. John in Oklahoma for your care, you are connected to all the care you need – from routine screenings to advanced care.

  • What tests are used to diagnose breast cancer?

    Your care team focuses on identifying if the tumor is noninvasive or invasive, and to understand where the tumor began and whether or not it has spread. Diagnostic blood testing, breast imaging (3D mammogram, breast MRI, breast ultrasound) and a biopsy of breast cells help your doctor diagnose your condition and stage even the most rare cancers. And we use advanced genetic and molecular studies to recognize breast cancer subtypes and hormone receptors (HER-2, PR, ER) to create a care plan for your type of cancer.

  • Who is on my cancer care team?

    Hearing the word cancer comes with a lot of thoughts and emotions, and we’re ready to support you. You'll meet with your doctor to discuss your diagnosis and your care options. At Ascension St. John, your care team may include:

    • Breast surgeon
    • Mastectomy bra fitters
    • Medical oncologist
    • Oncology-certified nurses, dietitians and social workers
    • Oncology-certified pharmacist
    • Palliative care specialist
    • Plastic surgeons–reconstructive breast and nipple surgery
    • Radiation oncologists
    • Radiologists specializing in breast imaging
    • Rehabilitation therapists, including lymphedema therapists
  • Who should I call when I have questions?

    When you choose Ascension St. John for your cancer care, you get an entire team dedicated to your care. You may have a lot of concerns and questions. Your doctor and care team are ready to listen and answer your questions. Working together, we offer services that help support your treatment plan, including managing pain and other symptoms, medications, appetite changes, sleeplessness, fatigue and mood changes. Your entire care team stays connected throughout your care to discuss your treatment and progress.

  • Is financial assistance and support available?

    We can connect you with resources and programs that may be able to help you and your family with options for financial assistance. Our financial counseling team is here to listen to your concerns and work with you to help find options that meet your needs. Your cancer care team can connect you to a financial counselor.

  • Where do I park?

    At Ascension St. John cancer center and clinics, we offer convenient parking, by a valet if needed. Talk to your care team if you have transportation needs.

  • My doctor told me about an enhanced recovery program. What is that?

    Surgical oncologists and anesthesiologists provide enhanced recovery pathways as part of your surgical care plan. They are an important part of our cancer treatment programs. Each pathway is personalized for different types of cancer treatment, to help speed up your recovery after surgery. Your care team uses these protocols to help you prepare for what to expect before, during and after surgery.


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