Breast Health Navigators
Routine care is the best way to keep you and your breasts healthy. Although detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages is the main goal of breast care, screening can also reveal benign conditions, such as fibrocystic breasts.
At OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center and the OSF Cancer Center, our breast health program provides a full range of diagnostic, surgical, and care options, including:
- 3D mammography accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)
- Automated breast ultrasound (ABUS)
- Breast biopsies using stereotactic and/or ultrasound technology
- Breast MRI, PET (positron emission tomography), CT and nuclear medicine
- Breast ultrasounds
- Hematology provided through Illinois Cancer Care
- Medical oncology provided through Illinois Cancer Care
- Nurse navigator
- Radiation oncology
Breast Health Navigator
The breast health navigator is the single point of contact for you and your family. The navigator will be an educator and an advocate as our navigator helps coordinate your care, including follow-up appointments for things such as additional imaging, MRI testing and biopsies. They will also be able to answer questions and educate you about any additional testing or treatment you may need.
Our navigator will verify that referrals are in place, attend biopsies and coordinate appointments and testing. Plus, they will support you, both physically and emotionally. They will be there for your family members, as well. Should additional treatment be necessary, the navigator will be there for you through your entire journey. They will work with the OSF Cancer Center team to ensure your care is well-coordinated, should you need further services.
To reach the breast health navigator at OSF St. Joseph, please call (309) 665-4773.
A screening mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Usually two or three views (pictures) are take of each breast. While mammograms are not perfect, according to the American Cancer Society, they are considered to be the best tool to find cancers of the breast very early. Advances in mammography, including the invention of FDA-approved digital mammography, can be credited with detecting 80% to 90% of breast cancers in women without symptoms.
You can self-schedule your screening mammogram online or by calling (309) 661-5160.
When to Contact Your Provider
If you are experiencing any of the conditions below, please contact your provider.
- Abnormal mammography
- Benign breast changes
- Breast pain
- Discharge from the breast
- New or suspicious breast lump