Women with a high risk of developing breast cancer now have a specialized clinic with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment that can detect cancers earlier and with better accuracy. The High-Risk Breast Clinic, at St. Luke's Women's Center in Chesterfield Valley, analyzes the patient's risk through innovative approaches including an assessment of family history with genetic testing, a review of clinical history, including prior breast biopsies and the evaluation of breast density.
This dedicated center is particularly beneficial for women who:
The High-Risk Breast Clinic is an additional resource to help women who need more specialized attention when it comes to their mammograms and other breast cancer screenings. Once referred to the clinic, patients enjoy:
- Have a family member who was diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50
- Have several family members who were diagnosed with breast cancer and/or ovarian, prostate, pancreatic and other related cancers
- Has someone in their family who has tested positive for a known breast cancer mutation
- Have had atypical cells detected during a breast biopsy
- Have had a previous history of breast cancer
"Opening this Clinic was important," says Patricia Limpert, MD. "We're able to assist area women in understanding their risks for developing cancer, and help them take preventative measures to maintain their health."
- Comprehensive risk assessment based on personal risk factors, as well as family history.
- Ongoing surveillance for high-risk women including clinical breast exams.
- Genetic counseling and testing, when appropriate.
- State-of-the-art imaging and procedures, including digital mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI and minimally invasive biopsy techniques.
- Personalized surveillance program based on individual risk profile.
- Referral and coordination of care, as needed, to psychologists, oncology, gynecology and plastic surgery.