The surgeons at Torrance Memorial’s Hunt Cancer Institute offer each
breast cancer patient a personalized treatment plan that combines the
most advanced surgical techniques with warmth and compassion for each
individual. Our surgeons use the latest technology to reduce the need
for multiple surgeries and minimize trauma and disruption.
Our surgeons perform a full range of breast cancer surgeries, including:
Surgical biopsy: The use of a needle to remove a sample of breast tissue for testing.
Lumpectomy: Also known as breast-conserving surgery, this procedure removes the tumor
and a small amount of the surrounding tissue.
Mastectomy: Removal of all or part of the breast and sometimes some of the lymph nodes
Nipple and skin-sparing mastectomy: During which all or some of the breast tissue, the nipple and the areola
are removed but the rest of the breast skin is preserved.
Breast reconstruction: The creation of a natural-looking breast following breast cancer surgery.
For women whose treatment includes mastectomy, our breast surgeons collaborate
with our plastic surgeons to offer breast reconstruction at the same time
as breast cancer surgery.
Our surgeons combine their years of experience in breast care with state-of-the-art
technology to deliver the best surgical results. Our technology includes:
MarginProbe®: A device used during a lumpectomy to help the surgeon determine whether
the breast tissue surrounding the tumor site is cancer-free. Because this
information is available to the surgeon within minutes, breast cancer
patients are less likely to require a second surgery.
Sentinel lymph node mapping: A test used in conjunction with surgical biopsy in which a small, safe
amount of radioactive material is injected into the breast and helps the
surgeon identify the lymph nodes so they can be tested to determine if
the cancer has spread.
Breast Patient Navigators
Women who receive treatment for breast cancer at Torrance Memorial are
guided through their patient journey by one of our breast care patient
navigators. Our navigators are specially trained, caring and experienced
registered nurses who provide guidance, support and coordination of care
for patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer or experiencing breast
Contact our breast cancer navigator in our
Cancer Resource Center at 310-784-6384.
Our Breast Care Team
At Torrance Memorial, we take a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach
to breast care. Our team includes:
Breast cancer surgeons: Our breast surgeons are experts in the use of the latest surgical technology
for all types of breast surgery, including biopsy, lumpectomy and mastectomy.
Radiation oncologists: Our radiation oncologists are board-certified physicians who specialize
in using radiation therapy to treat cancer.
Medical oncologists: Our medical oncologists are board-certified to treat breast cancer using
targeted therapies such as chemotherapy.
Plastic surgeons: Our board-certified plastic surgeons are experts in breast reconstruction
and breast-conserving procedures.
Our breast care team meets at a weekly tumor board to discuss each breast
cancer case, ensuring that you receive personalized, effective care.
Recognized as a Breast Center of Excellence
The Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Breast Diagnostic Center is fully accredited
by the American College of Surgeons and the
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and is held to the highest standards of care for patients with diseases
of the breast.
For questions about breast cancer surgery or to make an appointment, contact
our breast cancer navigator
Cancer Resource Center