At Rio Bravo Cancer Center, we provide comprehensive cutting-edge cancer treatmentwith a compassionate innovative approach.
Breast Cancer Program
The Breast Cancer Program at Rio Bravo Cancer Center provides a comprehensive and integrative approach to research, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer. We are committed to bringing you the brightest minds and the latest treatment advancements. We are here to help heal our patients utilizing the most advanced diagnostic technology and tailored therapies available anywhere. We provide complete breast cancer care that helps you live better and longer. Our world class team of medical oncologists and radiation oncologists work closely with highly trained breast cancer surgeons, plastic surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists. Our dedication is to advancing new ways of saving lives and improving health. Together, we will help develop the right treatment plan that works for you.
At Rio Bravo Cancer Center, our multidisciplinary cancer clinics combine the very best resources and specialists—all within a single location—for a highly coordinated experience that delivers exceptional care. Patients with a new diagnosis of breast cancer can come to Rio Bravo Cancer Center and have multiple specialists review their pathology, radiology exams, and other diagnostic tests. We will then formulate a comprehensive treatment plan that best suits you. Our program offers the most advanced technology in both the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, with many treatments and services not offered elsewhere in Kern County.
When you choose Rio Bravo Cancer Center, you will only receive the most comprehensive and personalized breast cancer care. Our patients have access to the most advanced chemotherapy and the most cutting edge radiation oncology treatment system. We provide access to top quality treatment, nurse educators, and referrals to clinical trials when needed. We also have access to multiple outpatient programs such as; transportation, financial assistance, meditation, support groups, post-survivorship care, and nutritional programs.
Breast Cancer Care
Our team provides more than just high quality treatment for breast cancer. Our team of healthcare professionals are readily available to answer questions regarding treatment side effects, medicine interactions, breast cancer prevention as well as nutritional questions. Our goal is for complete optimization of wellness during cancer treatment, promoting a healthy lifestyle to prevent cancer recurrence.
Advanced Diagnostic Testing for Breast Cancer
Our facility has access to the most advanced diagnostic tests including: 3D mammography, Breast MRI, MRI guided biopsy of breast tumors, PET/CT, Bone Scan, Ultrasound, and stereotactic biopsies. These advanced diagnostic tests enable our trained professionals to accurately identify the extent of cancer within the body. We also offer cutting edge diagnostic testing of breast cancer including: DNA tumor profiling and familial genetic testing to accurately identify and evaluate the type of breast cancer within your body.
• Digital Mammography Screening – 3D Mammogram: 3D Mammography is the latest and most advanced technique for detecting cancers in the breast. This test has a much higher sensitivity for detecting tumors than conventional mammography. Our team works with highly trained breast radiologists who have extensive experience in this advanced imaging technology. Women over 40 should consider breast cancer screening with mammography.
• Breast MRI: Our facility has access to breast imaging with the latest breast MRI technology. This form of imaging can detect cancers readily missed by conventional mammography. This provides comprehensive imaging of the breast to ensure accurate staging of breast cancer.
• PET/CT: This is an advanced nuclear medicine test that searches the whole body for any evidence of spread of cancer. This technique has much higher sensitivity than traditional CT imaging. The benefit is that this test can help aid in more accurate staging and monitoring of advanced cancer. This results in improved and more personalized treatment for our patients with breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Treatment
When you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, you have access to a variety of different treatments designed to eliminate the cancer altogether. Advances in breast cancer treatment have made survival rates among the best of all forms of cancer. With survival rates so high, oncologists and patients can pursue treatments that are not just effective in treating the cancer, but offer the patient the best quality of life during and after treatment. The three most common forms of treatment include radiation therapy, surgery and systemic therapy (chemotherapy, hormone modulating agents, etc).
• Breast Surgery
Once you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you will be referred to a surgeon. We work closely with experts in breast cancer surgery, plastic surgery, and reconstructive surgery to give women the best cosmetic results and surgical options. We only work with surgeons who are highly trained in advanced surgical techniques.
• Medical Oncology (Systemic Therapy)
Most, but not all, patients diagnosed with breast cancer need some form of systemic therapy to treat the whole body as part of their treatment program. At the Rio Bravo Cancer Center, our medical oncologists are specialists in the treatment of breast cancer. Our physicians have experience in treating breast cancer with the most effective and advanced chemotherapies/systemic therapies available. We will closely evaluate your case and provide only the most personalized treatments specific for your type of breast cancer. We have thorough knowledge of how to manage the complications, side effects, and psychological/emotional needs that patients with breast cancer experience.
Our medical team works closely together and coordinate treatment efforts across different specialties. We are dedicated to following treatment guidelines of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), which ensures that we are providing therapies that meet the standard of care and have been proven to improve survival outcomes.
• Radiation Therapy (Radiation Therapy)
Patients who undergo treatment for their breast cancer sometimes may need radiation therapy. This form of adjuvant (supplemental) therapy uses high-energy rays (such as X-rays) to eradicate microscopic cancer cells that remain in the breast after surgery. This form of treatment is very effective in preventing breast cancer recurrence.
Our radiation oncologist will carefully develop a comprehensive radiation treatment plan using advanced imaging and physics planning. The patient lies on a table and the beams are directed toward the breast. This treatment is generally well tolerated with minimal long-term side effects. Our advanced treatment technology allows us to treat the breast while minimizing side effects to normal organs such as the lung and heart.
Rio Bravo Cancer Center’s Advanced Treatments
for Breast Cancer
• Advanced Personalized Treatment (DNA Tumor Profiling)
The latest research shows that not all breast tumors are the same. This means that not all breast tumors should be treated the same. Our DNA tumor profiling allows for the most personalized and tailored treatment for your breast cancer. Our advanced technology ensures that our patients achieve cure with the most appropriate treatment while minimizing side effects.
• Genetic Testing & Counseling
We offer genetic testing to insure proper comprehensive evaluation and to help with early detection for family members. Information is empowering and our goal at Rio Bravo Cancer Center is to help patients understand their individual risks for future cancers. Through the latest research, we know that those patients with increased genetic risk for cancer require more detailed evaluation and treatment.
• Clinical Trials
There are certain cases that do not respond to standard therapy. Fortunately, Rio Bravo Cancer Center has close relationships with major academic institutions that offer novel treatments that may help treat your breast cancer. If necessary, you will be referred to an appropriate major academic institution for additional treatment.
Post Survivorship Care
After treatment, our patients are followed closely by our cancer specialists to ensure that the cancer does not come back. We offer close surveillance evaluations after treatment and access to cancer support groups. If required we can also provide referrals to mental health professionals trained in helping patients cope with a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Nutrition & Breast Cancer
We know that for most breast cancer patients, being able to help themselves along their road to recovery and to survivorship is important. We are here to help our patients who want to develop a healthier lifestyle to prevent further health problems. Professional nutritional evaluation is offered to help patients during treatment and achieve overall wellness even after treatment.
Get a Second Opinion
Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer can be extremely frightening. Many women think and feel that their options are limited and that they need to act immediately. Recent studies have shown that patients with cancer are misdiagnosed or incorrectly staged up to 30-40% of the time. This results in unnecessary treatments that can be detrimental to the patient’s health. This makes a second opinion absolutely crucial; not only to confirm the diagnosis, but to gather as much information as possible to help you make the best decision for your health.
At the Rio Bravo Cancer Center, our team of experts offers consultations for newly diagnosed patients seeking a second opinion about their treatment options. Our goal is to give patients enough information, so they feel comfortable taking the next step in managing and treating their cancer.