Breast health

Excellence in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer

St Vincent’s Private Hospitals offer a wide range of Breast related services, for details of the Breast services at your local St Vincent’s Private Hospital, click here.


We provide comprehensive breast health care and screening services

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting Australian women and it sometimes affects men too. Thankfully, most types of breast cancer can usually be defeated — especially with early detection.

Breast screening mammograms

Breast screening when performed regularly, is a proven way to detect early breast cancer. Early detection increases the potential for successful treatment and recovery.

We understand you may feel anxious about breast screening and examination, so we’ve designed our services to ensure you feel comfortable, informed and supported every step of the way.

Finding a breast lump

We understand that finding a lump or tumour in your breast is a challenging time. From your first scans we’ll be there every step of the way to support you and provide you with the best levels of care.

Having everything you need in the one hospital with your own team of specialists working together to assist you is the best way to provide individual attention and support.

Learn more about breast cancer and treatment options here.

Our breast health teams

Our team of surgeons, radiologists, radiographers, sonographers, breast physicians and breast care nurses are experts in breast diagnostics and treatment. They use the latest imaging technology to enable the most accurate diagnosis.

Our breast care nurses specialise in providing information, support and continuity of care to you and your family throughout your treatment.

Our breast care procedures

Please check your relevant hospital below for their specific services. **Not all services are available at all hospitals.

Our hospitals perform a range of procedures related to breast health including:

  • Routine breast screening
  • Diagnostic breast examinations
  • Breast procedures
  • Breast biopsies
  • Consultation services

Not all services are available in all hospitals.


Breast screening check-ups

Regular mammograms are recommended for all women from the age of 40. Early detection of breast cancer increases the potential for successful treatment and a negative mammogram can help put your mind at rest about your breast health.

Whether it’s your first mammogram or your tenth one, our skilled breast screening mammographers will make your experience as seamless and comfortable as possible. 

At St Vincent’s Private Hospitals you’ll only need to make one visit for your breast screening check. If you need to have an ultrasound as well as a mammogram, we’ll do it at the same appointment.


Disclaimer

This information is of a general nature, which may not be relevant to you. Any surgery or invasive procedure carries risk. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about your condition.

Find a hospital near you offering breast health services

At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside, we are especially committed to delivering excellent care, pursuing cutting-edge research and embracing new and emerging technologies and therapeutics to ensure we remain at the forefront of medicine in Australia, as well as abroad.

We have specially trained health professionals that deliver high quality services in breast care.


Looking for our Northside Breast Health Centre? Visit here

Your GP can refer you to one of our breast care specialists.

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At St Vincent’s Private Hospital East Melbourne we understand that finding a lump or tumour in your breast is a challenging time. From your first scans we are there every step of the way to support you and provide you the best levels of service and care.

Every tumour, every cancer and each patient requires individual attention and support and having everything you need in the one location with your own team of specialists working together to assist you is the best way to provide that.

Our specialists work to co-ordinate a detailed and comprehensive plan to provide you the most advanced breast cancer care possible. From your initial diagnosis, your specialists and our highly trained nursing staff will be there for you.

Your GP can refer you to one of our breast care specialists.

Find details of our breast care specailists here

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We have specialist breast surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons onsite.

Our team includes breast care nurses, oncology nurses, radiologists, sonographers, radiographers, pathologists, breast physicians, breast surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, dietitians and physiotherapists.

Our breast care nurses are equipped with specialist training and qualifications in breast care. They are dedicated to offering you emotional and practical support throughout your entire breast cancer journey.

Our radiology provider, Mater Imaging, offers the latest in breast imaging including 3D mammography, breast tomosynthesis, MRI (including biopsy) and ultrasound and interventional procedures. Mater imaging is now equipped with Volpara® breast density measurement software which adds to the accuracy of the results.

Our highly experienced and sub-specialised radiology team includes doctors with local and international fellowship training. This ensures that you can be confident of the highest level of diagnostic accuracy.

Our breast surgeons treat cancerous and non-cancerous breast conditions such as:
  • Lumps (fibroadenomas, papillomas)
  • Cysts
  • Abscesses
  • Breast cancer
  • Breast pain
Our procedures include:
  • Biopsy of the breast — which takes a small sample of breast tissue containing suspicious breast growth
  • Breast cancer surgery (skin-sparing mastectomy, nipple-sparing mastectomy, mastectomy and lumpectomy)
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Breast reduction
  • Prophylactic mastectomy
Everyone receiving breast cancer treatment at the Mater is supported by  our breast care nurses, pastoral and spiritual care team, social workers, counsellors, support groups and pyschologists. Whilst in hospital you will be given access to group relaxation, reike and meditation.

Your GP can refer you to one of our breast care specialists.

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We provide specialised, multidisciplinary care for people with breast conditions.

Benign (non- cancerous) breast conditions
Specialists within our breast health department care for a full range of benign breast conditions, including breast cysts and fibrosis, fibroadenomas, calcifications, ductal or lobular hyperplasia and mastitis.

Breast cancer and breast surgery
Our specialists will work to coordinate a detailed and comprehensive plan to provide you with the most advanced breast cancer care possible. From your initial diagnosis, our specialists and highly trained nursing staff will be there for you.

Surgeons in the department offer a full range of surgical techniques including breast conserving surgery, oncoplastic surgery, sentinel lymph node biopsy and breast reconstruction. They work closely with our specialists in medical oncology, radiation oncology, plastic and reconstructive surgery <link> and cancer geneticists to provide multidisciplinary care. 

All members of the department have undergone advanced post-fellowship training in surgical oncology at prestigious overseas centres and our team is focussed on providing excellence in breast cancer care from early diagnosis to ongoing management and follow up. Patients undergoing treatment are discussed at the regular multidisciplinary tumour group meetings held at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre to ensure that their care is fully co-ordinated within the one centre of excellence.

Your GP can refer you to one of our breast care specialists.

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At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba, we specialise in routine breast screening, diagnostic assessment for all diseases of the breast and consultation services. We deliver excellence in care and are guided by clinical best practice.

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba engages experienced, caring surgeons who specialise in all conditions pertaining to breast health. We have onsite radiology for ease of access to breast screening and we use advanced imaging equipment - including digital  mammography and ultrasound technology – allowing expedited consultation, diagnosis and breast care management.

Comprehensiveness of hospital stay is paramount within your breast-care journey and accommodation for this is made with the support of a specialised Breast Care Nurse.

This Breast Care Nurse provides women and their families with information and emotional support throughout breast cancer treatment and beyond.

The Breast Care Nurse will provide support and education, and coordinate your care from diagnosis, through treatment and follow-up care. This also includes women who are experiencing benign breast issues.

The Breast Care Nurse will:
  • explain and discuss your treatment and potential side effects
  • listen to your concerns, support you and answer your questions
  • give you information on treatment for breast cancer
  • explain what happens during your stay in hospital
  • visit you during your hospital stay
  • help look after your wound after your operation
  • give you information on breast prostheses and breast reconstruction
  • refer you to other services if needed
  • act as a link with all members of the treatment team.

She works to ensure women living with breast cancer are more aware of the support services available in the hospital and community.

Our Breast Care Nurse is a member of a multidisciplinary team caring for women with breast cancer or other breast conditions. Other members of the team include surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, physiotherapists, dieticians and oncology nurses.

Our Breast Care Nurse, Bronwyn King, is available for appointments and phone support. Ms King is a specialist in her field and has more than 20 years’ nursing experience. Your GP can refer you to one of our breast care specialists. 

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We have specialist breast surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons onsite.
 
Our specialists will work to co-ordinate a detailed and comprehensive plan to provide you with the most advanced breast cancer care possible. From your initial diagnosis, the specialists and our highly trained nursing staff will be there for you.
  • We have private rooms with an ensuite to ensure you are able to rest and recover from any surgery in your own space.
  • A state-of-the-art day oncology unit is available for chemotherapy treatment.
  • We have highly experienced breast cancer radiologists who will conduct your tests including X-rays and ultrasound.
  • We offer allied health services in-house.
Your GP can refer you to one of our breast care specialists.

Find details of our breast health specialists here
 
Since opening our doors in late 2016, we have cared for thousands of patients and their families from the Murrumbidgee region. With a greater choice of treatment options available close to home, it’s now easier, faster and more convenient to manage your medical and surgical needs.

Our dedicated team of visiting medical specialists includes some of Australia’s most experienced and innovative health professionals from metropolitan and large regional centres.

We work closely with Griffith Base Hospital to complement the high quality and essential public health services it provides to the community..

Our approach to your care:
  • Extensive menu with all meals freshly prepared on site and made to order
  • Free wifi
  • Our facility offers peaceful gardens spaces for quiet reflection
  • Access to pastoral care services and chapel with services held monthly
  • Coffee shop onsite offering beverages, light meals and the opportunity to socialise with visitors.
Your GP can refer you to one of our breast care specialists.

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