Breast Cancer Treatment
Cancer Treatment at St. Joe's
At Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, multiple specialists work together to meet the needs of each patient. Your primary care provider will direct you to receive a mammogram, a radiologist will read the mammogram, and if surgery is called for, the surgeon reads the biopsy results. If needed, the oncologist will recommend chemotherapy or radiation. All of these experts are available at St. Joseph Medical Center. “Our goal is to work together from the beginning of the process, as each individual is unique and requires individual attention,” says Dr. Gardner.
The Care You Need - Close to Home
Having a surgeon of Dr. Gardner’s caliber and expertise so close to home has proven to be a huge benefit for many Polson residents. In the past, St. Joe’s had to refer all breast biopsies, mastectomies and most needle biopsies outside of town. Now, there’s no need for multiple appointments and long distance traveling, making treatment easier for the patient.
“Patients who come to St. Joe’s should have the best experience, treatments and outcomes,” says Dr. Gardner. In 1940, the lifetime risk of a woman developing breast cancer was 5 percent, or one in 20. The American Cancer Society estimates that the risk has grown to 13 percent in 2012, or more than one in 8. In many cases, it’s not known why a woman gets breast cancer. In fact, 75 percent of all women with breast cancer have no known risk factors. A risk factor is anything that increases a person’s chance of getting a disease. Different cancers have different risk factors. However, having a cancer risk factor, or even several of them, does not necessarily mean a person will get cancer. Some women with one or more breast cancer risk factors never develop breast cancer.
Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk
Every woman wants to know what she can do to lower her risk of breast cancer. Some of the factors associated with breast cancer—being a woman, age and genetics— can’t be changed. Other factors, such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, avoiding cigarettes and eating healthy, can be affected by the choices you make. By choosing the healthiest lifestyle options possible, you can empower yourself and make sure your breast cancer risk is as low as possible.
About Dr. Gardner
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Dr. Gardner attended Indiana School of Medicine and completed his residency at Marion County General Hospital. He is a board certified surgeon and a member of multiple medical societies. He has treated literally thousands of women with breast cancer and has administered the entire span of treatment—from radical mastectomy to the current minimal surgery approach.