University of Utah Health
University of Utah Health is the Mountain West’s only academic health care system, combining excellence in patient care, the latest in medical research, and teaching to provide leading-edge medicine in a caring and personal setting. The system provides care for Utahns and residents of five surrounding states in a referral area encompassing more than 10 percent of the continental United States.
Whether it’s for routine care or highly specialized treatment in orthopedics, stroke, ophthalmology, cancer, radiology, fertility, cardiology, genetic-related diseases, organ transplant, or more than 200 other medical specialties, University of Utah Health offers the latest technology and advancements, including some services available nowhere else in the region.
As part of that system, University Hospitals & Clinics relies on more than 1,400 board-certified physicians and more than 5,000 health care professionals.
The Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) Breast Cancer Program provides comprehensive, compassionate, state-of-the-art care. Our mission is to guide each patient through the decision-making process of risk evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for breast cancer. Our goal is to provide every patient with the latest in scientific knowledge about breast cancer, while tailoring a care plan to each individual’s needs and preferences.
At HCI, we provide the following:
– Experienced and knowledgeable breast cancer specialists who work together as a team to assure the best possible outcome for each individual
– Cutting-edge screening and diagnostic equipment to ensure the earliest detection possible and best treatment strategies
– Opportunities to participate in clinical research trials to help understand, prevent, and treat breast cancer
– Coordination of care to facilitate communication between you and your entire health care team
– Clinical trials that develop new and improved ways to prevent, detect, and treat breast cancer
Other Breast Concerns
Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia (ADH) – Non-cancerous condition in which the cells that line the milk ducts of the breasts experience abnormal growth. While ADH is not cancerous, having it may increase the risk for developing breast cancer.
Breast Pain – A common type of discomfort among women. Pain can range from minor to severe, occurring most frequently in younger, premenopausal women. Breast pain alone rarely means a person has cancer.
Cysts – Fluid-filled sacs that often feel like soft grapes. They can be tender, especially prior to a menstrual period. Cysts may be drained in the doctor’s office. If the fluid removed is clear or greenish and the lump disappears after drainage, no further treatment is needed. If the fluid is bloody, it is sent to the lab to look for cancer cells. If the lump doesn’t disappear or recurs, it is usually removed surgically.
Fibroadenomas – Non-cancerous lumps that feel rubbery and are easily moved within the breast tissue. Like fibrocystic changes, they occur most often during the reproductive years. Typically, they are not painful. In rare cases, they can become cancerous.
Fibrocystic Changes – These lumps and bumps can occur in either or both breasts. They are common in women, especially during the reproductive years. Having fibrocystic changes does not increase the risk for breast cancer, but they can make it more difficult to screen for breast cancer. Pain or tenderness is often associated with fibrocystic changes.
Hyperplasia – An abnormal growth of cells within an organ or tissue.
Nipple Discharge – Fluid coming from the nipple, unrelated to lactation. Discharge may appear milky, or slightly yellow, green, bloody, or brown. Cancer is rarely the underlying cause, but it can be caused by other conditions that require treatment.