Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Lake Pointe

Offering The Latest Innovations In Breast Cancer Diagnosis And Treatment

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Lake Pointe

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Founded as a Christian ministry of health, Baylor Scott & White Health is dedicated to promoting the well-being of all individuals, families, and communities. For women in Texas, Baylor Scott & White Health, including Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Lake Pointe in Rowlett and Baylor Scott & White Imaging Center – Rockwall, offers the very latest diagnostic and surgical procedures in treating breast cancer.

Diagnostic procedures include ultrasound-guided breast biopsies, 3D mammo-guided breast biopsies, and SAVI SCOUT localization. SAVI SCOUT is new technology that localizes breast lesions, allowing surgeons to remove cancerous breast masses in their earliest stages.

A sad but all-too-true reality is that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and early detection and treatment are essential in combatting this insidious disease. According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early and in a localized stage, the five-year relative survival rate is 99%. Early detection involves doing monthly breast self-exams, along with scheduling regular clinical breast exams and screening mammograms.

First Steps in the Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

Early diagnosis of breast cancer normally involves several steps. First, screening mammograms are routinely administered to women without symptoms. The latest curved paddle design is used for patient comfort and has improved patient satisfaction. If the mammogram shows any change or abnormality in breast tissue, the physician will order additional diagnostic testing, which may include an ultrasound and possible breast MRI. These tests will assist the team in evaluating normal and abnormal breast tissue.

3D Low Dose Mammo Breast Biopsy

Unfortunately, from the initial imaging tests, it’s not always possible to tell if a suspicious growth in the breast is benign or cancerous. In this situation, a 3D low dose mammo breast biopsy is performed by a Baylor Scott & White specialist to remove cells from the suspicious area, which are sent to a pathologist to determine the diagnosis.

A 3D low dose mammo breast biopsy may be performed when the earlier tests show a breast abnormality such as:

  • Suspicious mass
  • Microcalcifications, which are a tiny cluster of small calcium deposits
  • A distortion or abnormality in the structure of the breast tissue

A 3D low dose mammo breast biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure in which the radiologist, guided by new 3D technology, uses a hollow needle to extract a small sample of the abnormality for analysis. If the results indicate the mass needs to be removed, the surgeon can use this information to plan treatment, and at Baylor Scott & White, one of the latest and most advanced forms of treatment is SAVI SCOUT breast surgery.

SAVI SCOUT Surgery, Making Lumpectomies Easier for Women

Baylor Scott & White’s breast surgery program is one of the first in Texas to offer SAVI SCOUT radar localization technology to treat women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

Lumpectomy, a breast-conserving surgery, removes the cancer while leaving as much normal breast as possible. SAVI SCOUT makes this surgery much easier on both patients and physicians by accurately pinpointing the location of tumors before the surgery actually begins. With SAVI SCOUT in place, the surgeon can go straight to the abnormality and more precisely and effectively remove the entire tumor.

Beyond that, this FDA-approved technology may also give patients more normal looking breasts by limiting the amount of healthy breast tissue that’s removed, as well as reducing the time spent in the hospital.

How SAVI SCOUT Works

In the past, wire localization was the preferred preoperative technique for determining the location of breast tumors. This procedure required a radiologist to insert a wire several hours before surgery, therefore extending the patient’s hospital stay.

Instead of a localizing wire, SAVI SCOUT uses a reflector about the size of a grain of rice that can be placed in the tumor up to 30 days before surgery. The reflector is not visible externally and remains passive until activated during surgery when safe, nonradioactive radar waves are used to locate it within the breast.

This technology allows the surgeon to plan the incision site because the SAVI SCOUT guides the surgeon to the precise location of the breast abnormality. This guidance may allow for less tissue removal, which results in a better cosmetic outcome. Precise tumor location also allows the breast surgeon to increase the likelihood of complete tumor removal thus reducing the need for a second breast surgery.

Benefits of SAVI SCOUT

One of the greatest benefits of SAVI SCOUT is that it eliminates the use of wire localization, which often causes patient anxiety and discomfort. Further, surgical scheduling can be a problem, sometimes requiring a patient to wait for hours after the placement of the wires before a surgeon and operating room are available. But with SAVI SCOUT, scheduling issues are reduced as surgery can be performed up to 30 days after placement of the reflectors in the breast. Finally, and very importantly, using SAVI SCOUT, Baylor Scott & White surgeons can limit tissue removal for better cosmetic results. Women may have fuller, more normally shaped breasts after the SAVI SCOUT procedure.

Who is Eligible for SAVI SCOUT?

SAVI SCOUT is designed to help treat early-stage breast cancer patients who choose to have a lumpectomy or excisional biopsy, where the tumor is not able to be felt by hand. When tumors are accurately located during the first surgery, any needed additional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy can occur much faster.

Why Choose Baylor Scott & White Lake Pointe for Breast Surgery?

Beyond the use of today’s most advanced technology and a staff that provides care beyond hospital walls, Baylor Scott & White Lake Pointe is part of the Baylor Scott & White Health network of hospitals, institutes, and clinics offering a full range of medical expertise. At Baylor Scott & White Health, you will always find care driven by a spirit of servanthood and based on an unwavering dedication to providing the very best medical care to all the citizens of Texas.

Contact

6800 Scenic Drive
Rowlett, Texas 75088
(972) 520-8000
BSWHealth.com/locations/lake-pointe

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