Our Team of Breast Care Experts
Breast cancer and complex breast diseases often require a combination of tailored therapies from many different specialists and medical professionals. Southern Cancer Center brings together the most advanced treatment options, diagnostic technologies, breast care experts, and comprehensive supportive care, providing patients a truly unique breast care experience. Southern Cancer Center not only cares for breast cancer patients but for all types of complex breast issues including benign breast disease, malignancies, and management of high-risk patients. Our multidisciplinary team of breast specialists is comprised of elite providers in breast surgical oncology, medical and radiation oncology, genetic risk evaluation, and supportive services, all collaborating in the same practice to deliver exceptional continuity of care. This integrated care model reduces patient stress, makes care more efficient, and ensures our breast patients achieve the best possible outcomes.
Comprehensive Breast Services
From diagnosis to treatment to recovery, we can help patients every step of the way.
- Diagnostic and treatment services for non-cancerous breast conditions such as dense breast tissue, nipple discharge, atypia, inflammatory lesions, and adenosis.
- Advanced surgical procedures include breast-conserving lumpectomy, nipple-sparing, and skin-sparing mastectomy, lymph node surgery, oncoplastic surgery, and reconstructive consultations.
- Medical oncology experts for chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and immunotherapy treatments.
- Radiation oncology with access to leading-edge technology and treatments like Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT).
- Onsight diagnostic imaging to assist in evaluation and treatment planning.
- Supportive care addressing emotional, financial and nutritional needs of patients.
- Clinical trials providing access to promising new therapies for breast cancer.
- Genetic testing and counseling to help identify risk for hereditary cancers and to create more personalized treatment strategies.
- Survivorship programs to support patients after their treatment ends.
Choosing a Breast Surgery Specialist
Surgeons play a critical role in the treatment of breast cancer and complex breast diseases, and choosing your breast surgeon may be one of the most important decisions you make concerning your care. Since breast cancer treatment frequently begins with surgery, surgical outcomes pave the way for the treatment to follow. That’s why it is extremely important to choose a highly qualified and experienced surgeon who specializes in breast cancer surgery. Research shows patients have a better prognosis if their surgeries are done by surgeons who perform a high volume of breast-specific procedures. Surgeons who specialize in breast cancer have dedicated their professional careers to the disease, performing hundreds of breast cancer surgeries every year. With years of rigorous training and education focused on breast disease, they have an in-depth knowledge of cancer biology, genetics, and the most advanced surgical options to help patients achieve optimal results.
Meet Dr. Lindsey Beakley
Our New Breast Surgical Oncologist
Southern Cancer Center is pleased to announce we have enhanced the comprehensive care we provide to our breast patients by adding a highly trained and experienced breast surgeon to our team, Dr. Lindsey Beakley.
Dr. Beakley is a board-certified surgeon who completed her fellowship in breast surgical oncology. She provides compassionate care to women and men with malignant and benign breast-related diseases, as well as women with abnormal mammogram findings and women at high risk for breast cancer. She has a special interest in oncoplastic surgery, nipple-sparing mastectomy, reverse axillary mapping, and sentinel lymph node biopsy.
The addition of Dr. Beakley enhances our ability to offer unparalleled continuity of care for all types of complex breast issues, including benign breast disease, malignancies, and management of high-risk patients. Southern Cancer Center’s goal is to be your trusted resource for all breast issues. We are committed to providing superior, personalized care to patients from a collaborative team of specialists working in breast surgery, medical and radiation oncology, genetic risk evaluation, and supportive care. We look forward to providing patients convenient access to this compassionate, gifted breast surgery specialist.
We understand the anxiety patients experience when facing the possibility of a cancer diagnosis. We are committed to seeing newly referred patients quickly and providing prompt support for those who have detected a lump or abnormality.
Breast Cancers and Complex Breast Disease
Breast cancer occurs when healthy breast cells undergo a change and grow out of control, usually forming a mass called a tumor. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, or roughly 12% of all women. There are many different types and subtypes of breast cancer. The cancer specialists at Southern Cancer Center have extensive experience and expertise treating patients with all different forms of the disease.
There are also many complex breast diseases that never develop into breast cancer. Benign breast conditions, or benign breast diseases, are very common. Women’s breasts are constantly changing, especially through pregnancy and menopause, due to varying levels of female hormones. Fortunately, most changes that occur are non-cancerous and not life-threatening. Some changes, however, may increase the risk of eventually developing breast cancer. Benign breast conditions may also occur in men, although they are less common.
Some changes in the breast do not cause symptoms but may be discovered during a mammogram, while others cause discomfort or pain and may require treatment. Some symptoms can be similar to those from breast cancer, so it can be difficult to tell the difference based on symptoms alone. In these cases, screening tests and other procedures may be required to make an accurate diagnosis.
Our multidisciplinary breast specialists are recognized experts in all aspects of breast health, and they play an important role in the assessment, treatment and ongoing surveillance of patients with complex breast issues, benign breast diseases and those with high-risk profiles.