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.
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 Gundersen is an in-network or out-of-network provider, and what, if any, are your out of pocket costs. 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.