Excellencies - Breast Unit

Diagnosis

You found out you have a nodule in your breast. What to do?

The Breast Care Centre of the MultiMedica Group has set up its activity by creating a guided path, which leads you easily and quickly to diagnosis and therapeutic measures, ensuring that you are followed over time both physically and psychologically.

First of all, the breast visit

The breast specialist, with clinical examination and support of radiological instrumental investigations (mammography, stereotactic needle biopsy, magnetic resonance or ultrasound)
executed in a timely manner, will be able to put end to your distress in a short time.
If the diagnosis is benign, you just need to carry out periodic screening checks (annual mammography and ultrasound) with some additional specialist examinations.
If, it is a malignant formation, surgical intervention is generally the most suitable solution and will be implemented as quickly as possible, with an interdisciplinary approach tailored to the characteristics of each patient.

Instrumental examinations:

Mammography is an X-ray examination of the breast that allows identifying very small nodules not yet palpable. You do not have the screening because you are sick, but to rule out being sick: this is why, if performed periodically, it allows early detection of breast cancer.

Ultrasonography is a diagnostic examination that, through the use of ultrasound, provides images of our body.
Particularly useful in cases where you want to distinguish a solid nodule (fibroadenome, papilloma, tumor, etc.) from a liquid nodule (cysts) within a specific organ (e. g. udder).

It is a diagnostic examination using a magnetic field machine.
This method does not pose any health risk.
It is an examination complementary to mammography and ultrasound, and is considered a II level examination.

After using a thin needle, a sample of the material contained in it is taken from a breast lesion and used for cytological examination. The length of the examination is a few minutes, but the needle remains inserted only a few dozen seconds and the discomfort is minimal.
The investigation may be carried out, depending on the circumstances, by clinical guidance, ultrasound guide or mammography. Cytological examination is useful to define the tumor nature or not of the sampled cells.
In sufficiently experienced hands, the cytological examination for needle aspiration has a high sensitivity to diagnose breast cancer.
The needle biopsy procedure is carried out using a needle equipped with a “snap-on” device to remove the tissue for histological examination.
We can therefore already speak of biopsy or “core-biopsy”.
This type of examination is carried out under ultrasound or stereotactic guidance (i. e. through the use of a particular radiological device, called precisely stereotaxis).

Your psychological response is important in order to face the surgery, and after that it will be even more important, while waiting for the final histological examination that will tell you what still needs to be done to overcome the disease.
In order not to leave you alone, in this difficult time, we offer you the support of the psychologist and the dedicated nurse, able to answer all the questions related to the needs of the person. These two figures can be contacted to obtain information about prevention, screening programmes, early diagnosis and reduction of risk factors.

Within the MultiMedica Breast Care Centre there is specialized nursing staff able to answer all questions related to the assistance needs of the person and who can be contacted for information about prevention, screening programs, early diagnosis and reduction of risk factors.
In case of tumor pathology, the breast nurse intervenes from the earliest stages of treatment, offering emotional support and providing educational support and counseling on questions related to the disease, treatments and implications that this new condition can have in the physical, mental and social sphere.