Breast Cancer

Whether you’re concerned about developing breast cancer or recently diagnosed, you’ll find the expert care you need at CHI Franciscan Cancer Care.

Nationally recognized for screening and diagnostic services

NAPBC Put your trust in one of the most comprehensive and advanced breast health programs in the Puget Sound. Breast programs at St. Francis Hospital and St. Francis Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center and St. Anthony Hospital are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). By following NAPBC’s stringent guidelines, these multidisciplinary care programs provide the best possible treatment by consistently meeting or exceeding quality standards of care. Patients can expect to receive the most advanced treatment options, without having to travel outside of the area. We are the only accredited program in Pierce County and one of two in King County.

Franciscan Breast Center at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Carol Milgard Breast Center in Tacoma, Highline Imaging in Burien, and Harrison Imaging Services are accredited as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology for providing the highest level of imaging quality and patient safety in diagnostic services.

Latest treatment protocols for outstanding outcomes

Our program has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). As an accredited institution we measure ourselves against the latest treatment standards in order to continuously improve survival and quality of life for cancer patients.

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Comparison against CoC best-practice standards for various treatment protocols shows that our Breast Cancer Program delivers exemplary treatment quality.

Full continuum of care

With dedicated breast cancer surgeons and treatment centers throughout the Puget Sound area, you'll have access to the full continuum of care, from screening and diagnosis through treatment and follow-up:

Innovative breast cancer treatments

Our cancer specialists take a multidisciplinary team approach to treating breast cancer. Experts from several specialties will work together to design a personalized treatment plan specifically for your individual case, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Breast surgery, including lumpectomy, mastectomy and reconstruction. Find a breast surgeon and a plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
  • Radiation therapy, including image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), which creates 3-D images that pinpoint the exact size and location of tumors and enables us to deliver precise, focused doses of radiation directly to cancer cells, sparing healthy tissue.
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted and hormonal therapies that block specific characteristics of cancer cells

Because we’re part of CHI, one of the largest health care providers in the country, you’ll have access to the latest research and innovations through the CHI Institute for Research and Innovation as well as national clinical trials as part of our participation in the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).

Ask your doctor about accessing clinical trials.

Care without the commute

You can receive treatment for breast cancer at our premier treatment centers conveniently located throughout the Puget Sound area:

Find a specialist

Your first visit is with a board-certified surgeon or medical oncologist, who will discuss the next steps with you. Find a surgeon or medical oncologist.