Breast Health Second Opinion

Have you been told you have breast cancer? You don't have to be a Gundersen patient to get a second opinion from our Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care. Our breast radiologists read strictly breast imaging making them exceptionally skilled at finding and diagnosing breast cancer. Our team includes providers who have been through a breast cancer diagnosis and are now survivors themselves. You can expect excellence and compassion when you come to Gundersen.

Our team uses a coordinated approach that results in fast and accurate diagnosis. Once we have delivered your diagnosis you can return to your health system for treatment or you can lean on our multidisciplinary team to provide you with a streamlined plan from diagnosis to treatment.

Testing and treatments we can offer you include:

Why choose Gundersen for your breast care?

Quality is reflected in our one-step surgical success for treatment of breast cancer. Less than 15% of patients undergoing lumpectomy for treatment require a second lumpectomy. This compares to a national average of about 20-30%.

Patient Satisfaction is shown through our timeliness of care. Patients with a new breast cancer diagnosis will be offered an appointment within 24-48 hours to see the treatment team and start to get a care plan in place.

Outcomes are characterized by minimal breast cancer recurrence after lumpectomy. Cancer recurrence in the breast after lumpectomy, based on a recent Gundersen review of over 1,100 patients followed up to 10 years, is 0.4% per year. This matches the best outcomes reported in the United States.

For example, if breast cancer is suspected, more than 95% of Gundersen Health System patients have a needle biopsy instead of a more invasive surgical procedure. They can go home or back to work the same day as the procedure, with a band aid and a plan.

Patients will be contacted, often the next day, with the results. If the diagnosis is cancer, collaboration on their treatment plan begins immediately, with unprecedented coordination. This means a short timeline from diagnosis through treatment and outcomes that match or exceed the best breast centers in the nation. The end result is excellent, compassionate care, at a reduced cost.

With a second opinion comes peace of mind

Having more than one expert opinion can be especially beneficial if:

  • You are uncertain about your diagnosis
  • You have a complex surgical case
  • There are multiple treatment options available
  • Other health problems make treatment riskier
  • You've been told your treatment options are limited
  • You are anxious about choosing the right treatment plan

Getting a second opinion

If your doctor is part of another healthcare organization, you can still select Gundersen as your breast care provider or for a second opinion. You should check with your insurance plan to see if a second opinion appointment or tests are covered. If not, we can provide you with an estimate of the cost.

An appointment for a second opinion can usually be arranged in one to three work days. We'll work with you and your primary care provider to get access to your medical records and the results of tests you may have already had.

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