Accredited breast cancer program in Reston
At Reston Hospital Center in Reston, Virginia, we understand a breast cancer diagnosis can be stressful and confusing. We provide comprehensive breast cancer care and offer a nurse navigator program. You can trust us to stay with you throughout your journey to recovery. A nurse/patient navigator is a medical professional whose clinical expertise and training guides patients and their caregivers to make informed decisions, collaborating with a multidisciplinary team to allow for timely cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and increased supportive care across the cancer continuum.
For more information about our breast cancer services, please call (703) 639-9494.
Reston Hospital's Breast Center is recognized by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) as a Breast Center of Excellence.
Additionally, our Women's Imaging Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and our oncology program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC).
Our comprehensive oncology program offers teams of diverse medical specialists dedicated to your long-term health and a variety of cancer resources—including support groups—to help you throughout your journey to recovery.
Our breast nurse navigator and diagnostic nurse navigator at the Women’s Imaging Center will welcome you and guide you every step of the way.
Breast cancer screening
With early detection and treatment, breast cancer survival rates are very good. We offer breast cancer screenings, the best method for detecting the disease, at our Women's Imaging Center.
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Breast cancer treatment
We provide access to state-of-the-art breast cancer treatments, such as:
- Radiation therapy
- Chemotherapy and other infusion therapies
- Lumpectomy (removal of abnormal breast tissue)
- Breast reconstruction surgery
- Breast conserving surgery
Breast cancer navigation
Cancer navigators at our hospital play an integral role in guiding patients through the healthcare system throughout the timeline of their care. Benefits of our breast cancer nurse navigation program include:
- Assessing patient needs in an effort to expedite and streamline access to care
- Providing any necessary referrals for support services, resources for the uninsured and underinsured, including financial assistance, transportation assistance and any other appropriate referrals
- Acting as a liaison between physician offices, radiation oncology, medical oncology, surgery and other medical disciplines involved
- Being available to meet with patients and educate them about their condition
- Assisting in making appointments for tests or procedures, even accompanying patients to procedures when needed
- Ensuring that a patient’s needs are being met throughout their breast cancer treatment journey
To learn more about breast cancer navigation at Reston Hospital Center, call the program directly at (703) 639-9494.
Types of breast cancer
The two most common types of breast cancer are ductal carcinoma, where tumors form in the cells of the milk ducts, and lobular carcinoma, which occurs in the milk-producing glands, or lobules.
Both types of breast cancer may be invasive (capable of spreading) or noninvasive. The most common type of breast cancer is noninvasive ductal carcinoma (DCIS).
While most often present in women, breast cancer can also occur in men. Less common subtypes of breast cancer include inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) and triple-negative breast cancer. Breast cancer can return over time and may affect other sites in the body besides breast tissue.
Breast conserving surgery
Our skilled surgeons and radiologists use the SAVI SCOUT® radar localization system to precisely locate and guide the removal of the target tissue during a lumpectomy or surgical biopsy procedure. SAVI SCOUT® was developed as an alternative to wire localizations to make breast cancer surgery easier for patients and more efficient for the healthcare system. With wire localization, a radiologist guides a thin, hooked wire through the skin to the lesion. The surgeon then uses the wire to help guide the removal.
SAVI SCOUT® features radar to detect a reflector that is placed at the tumor site up to seven days before a procedure. During the procedure, the surgeon scans the breast using the system’s guide, which emits infrared light and a micro-impulse signal to detect the location of the reflector.
Real-time audible and visual indicators assist the surgeon in accurately locating the reflector, along with the target tissue. This higher level of precision allows the surgeon to plan a surgical approach that may result in a better cosmetic outcome than with a wire localization.