The Breast Center at UT Health Northeast offers women comprehensive care, from routine mammograms to cancer treatment. Our expert physicians and staff focus on prevention, routine screening, diagnosis, treatment, clinical research, and long-term survival plans to help patients achieve optimal breast health.
By using the latest technology in breast screening (like Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) and tomosynthesis (3-D mammography) and treatment, our patients are in good hands. Our goal is to effectively treat patients based on their type of breast cancer. We do this by using the most advanced technology to detect the smallest of tumors and starting treatment as soon as possible. To make an appointment, please call (903) 877-8793.
Designed for Patients
To provide the best care possible, patients are surrounded by a caring and committed team of highly skilled physicians and surgeons, compassionate nurses and technologists, and an attentive support staff…all in the same building, so getting the care you need is quick and easy.
Each woman receives a personalized approach to breast health. For example, our team has advanced expertise in caring for women who have dense breast tissue or have an increased risk for breast cancer due to family history or genetics.
Prevention and Early Detection
Mammography ScreeningMammograms are the best method for detecting breast cancer as early as possible. We support the guidelines of the American Cancer Society, which includes yearly mammograms for a woman with an average risk starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as she is in good health. Of course, women who are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer due to family history or genetics should consult with their healthcare provider to determine when mammograms should start and how often they should be screened.
During a mammography screening at UT Health, our team works to provide patients with a private, comfortable, and stress-free experience. Patients generally receive mammography results quickly. That’s because our team of experts includes a radiologist who reads the images right here at the Breast Center.
Breast Self-Awareness and Clinical Breast ExaminationTo aid in the early detection of breast cancer, it’s important to be familiar with how your breasts look, feel, and change. It’s recommended that every woman do a monthly self-exam. An annual clinical breast exam is also recommended since some breast cancers are not detected by mammography.
Weight and ExerciseHealthy habits can go a long way in preventing disease. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, as much as 38 percent of breast cancers could be prevented by eating a nutritious diet, being physically active, and keeping weight under control.
Family History and GeneticsHaving an immediate family member who has had breast cancer increases your risk of developing this disease. For women with a family history of breast cancer, genetic testing may be appropriate, which can help identify an early treatment plan.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Complete breast health starts with a mammogram. As part of our advanced breast cancer diagnostic services, a highly skilled surgeon or radiologist may perform a breast biopsy to rule out or confirm if breast cancer is suspected.
Our comprehensive breast cancer treatments include:
SurgeryOften one of the first steps of a breast cancer treatment plan, this may involve removing a tumor or accurately determining the extent of the cancer.
ChemotherapyThis treatment method uses a drug or drug combination to kill cancer cells. There are many drugs used to treat breast cancer, and many more are being developed and investigated.
Biological TherapyThis type of treatment works with a patient’s immune system to fight cancer. It can enhance other treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Radiation TherapyHigh-intensity beams of radiation help destroy cancer cells in the breast. Our Varian TrueBeam™ and TrueBeam™ STx are the most current and powerful technology available in the fight against breast cancer.
Additional TreatmentsPatients can benefit from nutritional counseling and physical therapy. These supplemental therapies have been shown to improve breast cancer outcomes.
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Dr. Shannon Glass is a radiologist who has a special interest in mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI. Her passion for providing healthcare came from her father, who was a physician in the United States Air Force. Dr. Glass’ training in the latest diagnostic technology for breast health helps her to detect potential problems at the earliest disease stages, which leads to better treatment outcomes.(903) 877-8793
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Dr. Wells is board certified in radiology and has three decades worth of experience as a radiologist. With additional training in how to interpret medical images such as CT scans and MRIs, his special interests include mammography and women’s health.
Our goal is to effectively treat patients based on their type of breast cancer. We do this by using the most advanced technology to detect the smallest of tumors and starting treatment as soon as possible.
Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)
The Invenia™ Automated Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS) is made by GE and is approved by the FDA for breast cancer screening as an addition to mammography. Benefits of ABUS include:
- minimal compression
- the ability to breathe normally during screening
- no ionizing radiation
- non-invasive testing
By including Invenia™ with mammography for our patients with dense breast tissue, our experts can help improve detection for small cancers that cannot always be seen on a mammogram. In fact, research shows that ABUS technology as an adjunct to mammography has the potential to find 35.7 percent more cancers than would have been found with mammography alone.
How does ABUS work? Patients lay down and a scanner is firmly placed on the breast. ABUS uses sound waves to produce 3D images that your team will analyze. The screening takes about 15 minutes.
Digital Screening and Diagnostic Mammography
Our Senographe Essential produces very high-quality images with a lower-than-average dose of radiation compared to most other mammography units. The Senographe Essential is ergonomically designed with patient comfort in mind.
Breast Tomosynthesis (3-Dimensional Mammography)
The latest technology in breast health is 3-dimensional mammography, which provides a better look inside the breast tissue (even in dense breast tissue) and increases the accuracy of diagnosis. UT Health uses the GE SenoClaire to take multiple images of the breast in order to create a 3-dimensional reconstruction of the breast, and we are the only facility in Tyler that has 3-D mammography. This is our standard of care, so all women who come to our breast center will receive 3-D mammography screenings.
Also, with the Senographe Essential we are able to perform high-resolution, limited-angle scans. There is minimal pressure on the breast during this procedure.
Following a standard screening mammography, some women will need further testing. Our GE LOGIQ S8 Ultrasound is the perfect choice for providing exceptional, high-definition breast images that allow our radiologists to further examine an abnormal mammogram.
Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI)
The GE Discovery Molecular Breast Imaging System can accurately detect small tumors as small as a pencil eraser. Designed to provide consistent, high-quality images, MBI allows physicians to identify cancers when they may not yet be visible with mammography or ultrasound.
Using GE SenoBright Contrast-Enhanced Spectral Mammography, we combine digital mammography testing with contrast dye to produce breast imaging in minutes. In some cases, this type of procedure may be used instead of a breast biopsy.
All the care you need for screenings and treatment is under one roof at UT Health, so access to service is quick and easy. From preventative care to cancer treatment, our team of experts work together to help you.
We understand that there are many questions and concerns about treating breast cancer. As the destination of hope for cancer care, we want you to have the resources you need. Our team of experts can guide you through your journey.
For a digital mammogram screening, second opinion, self-referral, or a tour of The Breast Center, please make an appointment by calling (903) 877-7110 to be seen at the main campus of UT Health Northeast.
Routine mammograms (with no symptoms) are also provided at our University Health Clinic. Call (903) 939-7870 to make an appointment.
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Cancer Preventative Clinical Trials
In the following studies, physicians and scientists analyze samples of body fluids and/or tissue to determine if they can identify nontoxic strategies to prevent cancer.
The purpose of this study is to compare proteins (biomarkers) in breast milk and colostrum with nipple aspirate fluid from women of different ages and breast cancer risk who are breastfeeding. This research is being done to learn more about biomarkers of pregnancy associated breast cancer.
There is strong evidence that obesity is associated with chronic inflammation in the breast, which increases breast cancer risk. The purpose of this study is to determine if inflammatory markers are differentially expressed over time based on body mass index and menopausal status in the breast and systemically.
The purpose of this study is to collect specimens (any one or combination of the following: breast fluid, breast cells, blood breast tissue, and/or lung tissue) to analyze current and future biomarkers.
There is evidence from animal studies that resveratrol, a natural compound found in red grape skin, red wine, peanuts, mulberries, and certain other plants such as Japanese knotweed, decreases inflammation. Obesity is known to cause a state of chronic inflammation, which increases breast cancer risk. The purpose of this study is to determine if resveratrol decreases biological indicators of inflammation, and if this decrease is associated with body mass index.
Cancer Treatment Clinical Trials
These studies enroll participants diagnosed with cancer with the goal of identifying new methods to treat the disease. The trials may ask the participant to undergo surgery, take medication, and/or receive radiation therapy as part of the study. Additionally, the collection of blood or other body fluids, as well as imaging of the body to determine treatment response may be involved.
This is a Phase III, multicenter, randomized trial looking at the value of local surgical therapy for the intact primary tumor in metastatic breast cancer patients. Patients will be followed for 5 years.
For more information, please contact:
Benji Hawkins, CCRC