Breast Cancer

A woman's lifetime risk of breast cancer is one in nine. At Exeter Hospital, our affiliated surgeons are committed to the early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Treatment strategies are individually tailored after consultation with pathologists, radiation oncologists, primary care physicians and medical oncologists at our weekly tumor conference.

Exeter Hospital also offers a Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic. This clinic allows women with a breast cancer diagnosis to meet with a team of specialists in one session and receive a comprehensive treatment plan.

High Risk Breast Health Program and the Risk Factors

Several surgical procedures are available:

Partial Breast Irradiation - This technique in conjunction with Radiation Oncology's Electronic Brachytherapy utilizes a balloon catheter for the delivery of localized breast irradiation.

Breast Conservation Lumpectomy - Lumpectomy removes only the breast lump and a margin of healthy tissue around the tumor. This is usually done in conjuntion with radiation therapy.

Mastectomy - This procedure involves the removal of the entire breast. Depending on the type of mastectomy (simple, total, radical), lymph nodes and underlying muscle tissue may or may not beiStock_000010762149XSmall.jpg removed.

Sentinel Node Biopsy - The removal of lymph nodes that drain lymphatic fluid away from the breast and are the most likely candidates for harboring cancerous cells that have spread from the breast cancer.

Reconstructive Surgery - Options range from reconstruction with breast implants to reconstruction with muscle transfers.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers a 2004 Breast Implant Consumer Handbook to the public. Click here to access this resource for the latest information available on breast implants.

Meet our affiliated breast surgeons:

Roderick McKee, MD

Diane Palladino, MD

Christopher Roseberry, MD

Jay Swett, MD

Breast Reconstructive Surgery: 

Kimberly Marble, MD