Our breast care team has advanced, specialized training in all aspects of breast health and we’re home to new technology such as the region’s only automated whole breast ultrasound. Our specialized team provides complete care for all patients with routine breast health needs as well as those diagnosed with breast cancer.
MU Health Care's Ellis Fischel Breast Center is accredited as a cancer provider by the American College of Surgeons and is a certified member of the MD Anderson Physicians Network. Our breast program is also a National Accredited Breast Program — meaning we meet or exceed all national guidelines and quality measures.
Our nursing staff includes a dedicated nurse navigator who assists you with your journey through diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Integrated within our clinic is our breast imaging center, offering 3D mammography, ultrasonography and breast MRI. We also have a genetics counselor to further evaluate your family history of cancer and other high personal risks. Patients with increased personal risk are followed closely by our high-risk breast clinic.
Our breast cancer services
Our breast cancer team provides services necessary to women’s breast health, including:
- Diagnostic services such as ultrasound, breast MRI and stereotactic biopsy
- Genetic cancer risk assessment
- High-risk breast clinic
- Lymphedema education and therapy
- Medical oncology services
- Patient navigation
- Prosthetic and cosmetic support
- Radiation oncology
- Resource library
- Screening mammography outreach van
- Second opinion clinic if you’ve already been diagnosed with cancer
- Spiritual care
- Palliative care
- Surgery, including reconstructive surgery and plastic surgery
Our breast cancer team
At MU Health Care you have access to a highly skilled multispecialty team of physicians, nurses, diagnostic radiology professionals and many other health experts to treat your breast health-related issues. Our team takes care of you before, during and after treatment. We include you in each step of the decision-making process so that you and your family understand what to expect. We answer your questions, discuss treatment options, explain procedures, schedule appointments and provide caring support.
Breast cancer risk assessment
Women who might be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer include those who:
- Have a family history of breast cancer especially at an early age (less than age 50) and/or ovarian cancer at any age. This includes one or more women or men in your family who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Are older as your risk of developing breast cancer increases with age.
- Have certain lifestyle risk factors or reproductive risk factors.
- Carry a dominant cancer predisposition gene mutation (such as in BRCA1, BRCA2, or another cancer predisposition gene). Both men and women can pass a harmful breast cancer gene mutation to their offspring.
- Are of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry
When seeing a genetic counselor or physician at Ellis Fischel, we will provide you with a breast cancer risk assessment. This information will outline the risk you have of carrying a BRCA1/2 gene mutation, risk of developing breast cancer and/or other cancers, pros and cons of genetic testing, and what treatment options might be available to you. We will also talk with you about cancer prevention and screening recommendations.
Living beyond breast cancer
As you complete your cancer treatment, you might be thinking about what happens next. Returning to everyday life can be challenging.
Ellis Fischel helps survivors live their lives to the fullest after treatment. Our unique survivorship clinic is designed exclusively for survivors of breast cancer. In the clinic, you’ll meet with our specially trained advanced practice nurse and a dietitian, all in one private visit. Here you'll have the opportunity to address survivorship concerns such as emotional, physical, sexual and relationship issues.
Benefits of participating in the survivorship clinic include:
- A personalized treatment summary for you and your primary care physician
- Access to local and national resources that address survivorship issues
- Education and coordination of follow-up care with your primary care physician and oncologist
- Nutrition and exercise recommendations
- Recommendations for future health observation guidelines
- Tips for managing long-term side effects and late effects related to treatment
To learn more, call 573-882-2100.
Our leading-edge research and clinical trials
In addition to highly specialized diagnosis and treatment options, physicians at Ellis Fischel are part of an academic health system and lead clinical trials for various types of cancer, including breast cancer.