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Breast Surgery (Oncology)

About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. We understand how life-altering a cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their families. If you or a loved one are facing a cancer diagnosis, it is comforting to know that there are supportive, highly-trained women’s health experts right here in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

CMU Health Surgery offers state-of-the-art technology and compassionate cancer experts to deliver comprehensive care during your time of need. Patients with a diagnosis of breast cancer, benign breast disease, or elevated risk of breast cancer based on personal or family history can rest assured knowing our Breast Surgical Oncology division is led by the area’s only fellowship-trained breast surgeon.

Our team works together with medical and radiation oncologists, radiation oncologists and breast imagers throughout the community to provide premium care to all patients. Our breast surgeon also works closely with plastic and reconstructive surgeons to provide a wide variety of oncoplastic preservation techniques for patients battling breast conditions.

Additional counseling about breast cancer prevention, increased surveillance and genetic testing are also offered by our Surgery department.

Conditions Treated

Talk to your primary care physician about a referral to CMU Health Surgical Oncology if you need treatment for any of the following:

  • Abnormal breast imaging (mammogram, ultrasound, MRI)
  • Breast Cancer
    • Invasive ductal carcinoma
    • Invasive lobular carcinoma
    • Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
    • Inflammatory breast cancer
  • Benign Breast Disease
    • Atypical ductal or lobular hyperplasia
    • Sclerosing adenosis (SA)
    • Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
    • Intraductal papilloma
    • Radial scar
    • Pseudoangiomatous stromal hyperplasia (PASH)
    • Fibroadenomas
    • Breast pain
    • Breast infections
    • idiopathic granulomatous mastitis
    • Lactation mastitis
    • Galactoceles
    • Fibrocystic changes
    • Adenosis
    • Granular cell tumors
    • Duct ectasia
    • Fat necrosis
    • Phyllodes tumors
    • Lipoma
    • Hamartoma

Procedures Performed

  • Simple mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast including the nipple and areola.
  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy is the removal of the glandular tissue of the breast, leaving the skin of the breast and nipple in place to assist with cosmetic appearance during reconstruction.
  • Skin-sparing mastectomy is the removal of the glandular tissue of the breast along with the nipple but leaving behind sufficient skin to assist with cosmetic appearance during reconstruction. This operation is appropriate if a patient desires reconstruction but the nipple cannot be safely preserved.
  • Axillary lymph node dissection involves the removal of most of the lymph nodes in the axilla to systematically clear the area of potential cancer.
  • Excisional breast biopsy is the removal of an area of the breast for further evaluation.
  • Lumpectomy or partial mastectomy is the removal of a breast tumor along with a healthy rim of tissue surrounding the tumor, leaving the remainder of the breast in place. If the tumor cannot be felt, the breast cancer is first localized using a wire or marker placed by a radiologist.
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy is an injection of radiotracer, blue dye, or both to identify the lymph nodes draining the breast. Using a gamma probe or with visualization, these nodes are carefully removed to assess if the cancer has spread beyond the breast.

Why Choose CMU Health Surgery?

CMU Health doctors have the expertise, training and technology to provide optimal care for patients suffering from conditions requiring surgical and non-surgical treatment. Our surgeons develop treatment plans specific to each patient and give them the care and attention to attain the best possible results.

Our surgeons have privileges at both Ascension St. Mary’s and Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw. Because we have a working relationship with both hospital systems, we are able to accommodate patients with their preference of care location, including access to sites in Northern Michigan and in the Thumb for chemotherapy and/or radiation oncology.

As part of our partnership with the local hospital systems, all cancer cases from CMU Health patients may be presented a Tumor Conference at both hospitals to get a consensus statement on how to best proceed with care.

In addition to seeing patients at two regional hospitals, we also offer outpatient treatment at CMU Health Surgery on Washington Avenue in Saginaw, along with satellite office locations in Bay City, Caro, Standish and Tawas.

CMU Health Surgery is also the only surgical practice in the Saginaw area that provides access to national clinical trial enrollment through the  Michigan Cancer Research Consortium.

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