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Breast Cancer

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. If you’re one of them, you need to find out for yourself why women in the Gulf South choose Ochsner as their fighting partner. Our team offers an advanced approach to the diagnosis, treatment and management of breast cancer. Here at Ochsner, early detection and treatment options are leading to more positive outcomes every day.

The Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center

Ochsner Medical Center is home to the Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center, the only facility in the region to meet all 27 guidelines for full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. One of the top breast cancer hospitals in America is right here, saving the lives of our mothers, sisters and other women we love in the Gulf South Region.

We offer a wide variety of services to treat breast cancer symptoms ranging from diagnostic studies to post-operative manual lymphedema drainage. Breast prosthesis fitting programs, high-risk breast and ovarian cancer genetics clinics and support programs are also available.

Putting the Team Approach to Work For Our Patients

To us, patients aren’t just cases, they’re people. At Ochsner, you’ll have a dedicated nurse navigator and a team of experts beside you every step of the way. Learn more about our team approach

Learn More About Breast Cancer Treatment at Ochsner

Benign Breast Conditions

There are many types of benign breast conditions or diseases. Some require no medical treatment but others require care. Some types can increase the risk of breast cancer. Talk to an Ochsner physician to learn more.


Your mammogram came back “abnormal.” Now what?

 While it’s true that one out of six American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, most women with abnormal mammograms turn out to be cancer free. In most situations, the more appropriate next step isn’t a surgical biopsy but something called a core needle biopsy, which may rule out the need for surgery all together. No one has more experience with core needle biopsies in our region than Ochsner.

At Ochsner, the appropriate core needle biopsy technique is performed (Ultrasound-guided, MRI-guided or Stereotactic) and the results are used to create a customized treatment plan for each patient. The small amount of tissue removed during a core needle biopsy can give your team a great deal of information about the tumor type, grade and characteristics that can affect your prognosis.

Unlike a surgical biopsy, there is less disturbance or distortion of tissue with a needle core biopsy. And there are other benefits well. With a core needle biopsy, tissue is preserved for lymph node mapping. The procedure includes localization and marking for future care management. It’s important to note that this approach does not delay chemotherapy, if needed. More importantly, it can reduce the need for more surgery in many cases.