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Our nurse navigator, Joanna Morgan is here to help you through your cancer journey.

Joanna Morgan, MSN, RN, OCN

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Breast Cancer Support Group

Meets the third Tuesday of every month

7-8 p.m.
Bryan Medical Center, Bryan West Campus
2300 S. 16th St.
Conference Center C

For more information, call 402-481-9587.

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Breast Cancer

Comprehensive breast cancer care at Bryan

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. However, men also are diagnosed with breast cancer. It is estimated nearly 300,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. In Nebraska, over 1,200 women will learn they have breast cancer each year.

Bryan is the place to turn for early detection and cancer care.

Many women and men choose Bryan for our advanced breast cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment plans. Our board certified doctors and compassionate nurse navigators are here to guide you through every step of your breast cancer journey. We’ll help you understand your cancer, provide innovative treatment and give you endless comfort, care and support along the way.

Risk Factors

While there is no known cause of breast cancer, we do know that certain risk factors are linked to the disease. Having a risk factor, or even several, doesn’t mean that you will get breast cancer. Some risk factors have a bigger effect than others, and your risk for breast cancer can change over time because of age or lifestyle changes.

One in three women who are diagnosed with breast cancer did not have any risk factors. That’s why early detection is so important.

  • Make sure you have an annual mammogram if you’re over the age of 40
  • In addition to annual screening for women 40 and older, women with certain risk factors should discuss an appropriate screening program with their doctor

Risk Factors

Studies link the following with increased risk of breast cancer:

  • 50 years and older
  • Have inherited changes (mutations) in certain genes
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Denser breast tissue
  • Began having periods before age 12 or who went through menopause after the age of 55
  • Had their first child after age 30
  • Use birth control pills or an injectable form of birth control called Depo-Provera®
  • Take estrogen and progesterone after menopause
  • Breast conditions such as atypical ductal or lobular hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
  • Did not breastfeed
  • Consume alcohol or smoke
  • Overweight or obese


Diagnostic tests are used to determine if breast cancer is present and if it has spread outside the breast. Information gathered from your diagnostic tests will be used to guide discussion and decisions about your treatment.


Mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. A screening mammogram is used to check for breast cancer. How often you should have a mammogram depends on your age and your risk of breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram is used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other abnormal sign or symptom has been found.

If you’re over the age of 40, it’s important to have an annual mammogram. To schedule your mammogram today, call 402-481-5121.

3D Mammogram

A 3D mammogram gives radiologists a three-dimensional image of the breast. Similar to a mammogram, a 3D mammogram is used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other abnormal sign or symptom has been found. It is especially beneficial for women with dense breast tissue. How often you should have a mammogram depends on your age and your risk of breast cancer.

If you’re over the age of 40, it’s important to have an annual mammogram. To schedule your mammogram today, call 402-481-5121.

Breast Ultrasound

A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to outline the area of concern found on a mammogram. This procedure can determine the area in question is a cyst or a solid mass. This is helpful because many cysts do not need to be examined further with a biopsy.

Breast MRI

Breast MRI scans use magnets and radio waves (instead of x-rays) to produce very detailed, cross-sectional images of your body. MRI can be used for screening, but it can also be used to look at areas of concern found on a mammogram. It also can be helpful in evaluating a palpable lump (a lump that can be felt) but isn’t seen with mammography or ultrasound, or a mass in a woman with dense breast tissue, or determining if the cancer is limited to one area of the breast.


A biopsy is the removal of tissue from the breast to determine if cancer cells are present. If cancer is present, the pathologist will examine the cells and identify specific characteristics to help guide treatment decisions. In the United States, only about 20 percent of women who have breast biopsies have cancer. There are several types of biopsies:

  • Fine needle aspiration or core needle biopsy
    A surgeon or radiologist uses a thin needle with a hollow center to remove a sample of cells from the suspicious lump or area in the breast

  • Surgical biopsy
    A portion of the breast mass is removed for examination (incisional biopsy) or the entire breast mass may be removed (excisional biopsy, wide local excision or lumpectomy)

Treatment and Therapies

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you and your doctors will put together a treatment plan specific for you. The plan will consider the unique characteristics of your tumor, the stage or extent of your cancer, your overall health and your personal preferences.

Your treatment plan will be made up of one or more specific treatments to target the cancer cells and reduce your risk of future breast cancer recurrence.

Your Treatment Options


  • Lumpectomy
    Also known as breast-conserving surgery, is the removal of only the tumor and a small amount of surrounding tissue
  • Mastectomy
    The removal of all of the breast tissue
  • Lymph node removal

    Senitnel Lymph Node Removal (Biopsy)
    A senitnel lymph node is the first lymph node cancer is likely to spread to from a primary tumor. A senitnel lymph node biopsy is the procedure to identify, examine and remove the first lymph node to which cancer is likely to spread.

    Axillary Lumph Node Dissection
    Axillary lymph node dissection is when 10 or more lymph nodes are removed. This can take place during lumpectomy and mastectomy if the biopsy shows that breast cancer has spread outside the milk duct. Some people qualify for this less-invasive surgery.

  • Breast reconstruction
    The rebuilding of the breast after mastectomy and sometimes lumpectomy. Reconstruction can take place at the same time as cancer-removing surgery, or months to years later. Some women decide not to have reconstruction or opt for a prosthesis

Radiation Therapy


Hormonal Therapy

Hormonal therapy (anti-estrogen therapy) medicines treat hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers in two ways:

  • By lowering the amount of the hormone estrogen in the body
  • By blocking the action of estrogen on breast cancer cells

Genetic Biomarkers


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