For women who have breast cancer, a Kettering Breast Evaluation Centers imaging navigator guides them through additional testing and helps them connect with a surgeon and/or an oncologist for treatment options. CONTRIBUTED
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Your guide to breast cancer treatment here and across Ohio

Cancer. It’s a word no one wants to hear.

But, according to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 266,120 women in the United States will likely be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and close to 41,000 women will die from the disease. An additional 2,550 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, with close to 500 men dying from it.

But there is good news. Death rates from breast cancer in the country dropped 39 percent between 1989 and 2015 – that translates to 322,600 fewer breast cancer deaths during those 26 years.

Increased awareness, regular screenings and more effective treatments have improved the odds, but a cancer diagnosis can still instill fear and create uncertainty for patients and their family alike.

A cancer diagnosis can result in countless questions and decisions — from choosing a physician to selecting the best treatment option. For those who are navigating the cancer journey, here is a look at some health care facilities in the area and around the state.


Kettering Cancer Care’s services are integrated throughout its network and seven hospitals. Call (855) 500-CURE (2873).

Kettering Medical Center

3535 Southern Blvd., Kettering

Sycamore Medical Center

4000 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Miamisburg

Grandview Medical Center

405 W. Grand Ave., Dayton

Southview Medical Center

1997 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville

Greene Memorial Hospital

1141 N. Monroe Drive, Xenia

Soin Medical Center

3535 Pentagon Blvd., Beavercreek

Fort Hamilton Hospital

630 Eaton Ave., Hamilton



A Cancer Access Center serves as the first point of contact for many who are on their first steps in their cancer journey. The access center helps patients navigate through the services Kettering Health Network offers at all of its hospitals, including oncologists, cancer surgeons, social workers, dietitians, cancer mental health experts, financial guidance and support groups. Call (855) 500-CURE (2873). With early detection and treatment, the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer will be alive and well more than five years after the diagnosis. Kettering Breast Evaluation Centers offers comprehensive breast screenings in 13 locations throughout southwest Ohio.

• Surgery, including breast-sparing surgery and sentinel lymph node dissection

• Chemotherapy, biotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy

• Radiation therapy, including partial breast irradiation (brachytherapy, aka Mammosite or Contura), and stereotactic radiosurgery

• Clinical trials (cancer research studies)

• All KHN hospitals offer breast cancer surgery

Chemotherapy, biotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy are available at Kettering, Sycamore, Grandview, Soin and Fort Hamilton. Many of these treatment regimens can be done on an outpatient basis.

Radiation therapy is available at Kettering, Fort Hamilton and Soin Medical Center. HDR brachytherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery are available at Kettering. In treating women who have cancer in the left breast, a state-of-the-art radiation technique called respiratory gating is used. It synchronizes the delivery of radiation to the part of a woman’s breathing cycle when her breast is farthest away from her heart. This allows precision radiotherapy that eliminates any significant radiation dose to a woman’s heart, thus substantially decreasing her risk of cardiac complications in the future.

Kettering Cancer Center

Designed by patients for patients, the Kettering Cancer Center delivers comprehensive cancer care at every stage of a patient’s journey, from diagnosis through treatment. Located in the Pavilion on Kettering Medical Center’s campus, this full-service facility is intended to provide the most advanced patient-centered care in an environment that focuses on healing the whole person-body, mind and spirit The cancer center offers complete care to patients in a caring environment, with dedicated patient-centric services and specialized treatments to fight cancer including the area’s largest and most private infusion center for cancer patients. The center serves as a single touch point for patients, providing them with a wide range of services more than 30 cancer physician specialists working together on a 20,000-square-foot multidisciplinary oncology floor.

Kettering Cancer Care at Soin Medical Center

Kettering Cancer Care expanded services in Greene County. Following the design and mission of the Kettering Cancer Center, the new Soin Medical Center location is a full-service facility that offers patients the most advanced patient-centered care in an environment that focuses on healing the whole person — mind, body, and spirit.


Oncology and breast cancer certified nurse navigators assist patients as they move through their breast cancer journey. Specialized and individualized care, education, support, resources and encouragement are offered from diagnosis, through treatment and on to recovery. Navigators are available to counsel patients and can connect patients and loved ones to local and national resources. Navigators also have quick access to the tools needed for breast cancer care and to enhance quality of life.

Social workers provide support and other services, which can reduce stress for patients and loved ones through the entire cancer journey. They can assist patients and families in finding affordable medical care and prescription drug coverage, transportation and home health care. Social workers help patients with the cancer diagnosis and the many emotions that they may experience.

Nutrition services are essential to comprehensive cancer care and rehabilitation. Kettering Cancer Care strives to provide safe and effective nutrition care across the cancer continuum, from prevention through treatment and into survivorship, to promote your best quality of life. Certified lymphedema therapists work with patients who experience localized lymph fluid retention following surgery.

By providing spiritual support as a complement to medical treatment, KHN’s chaplains are able to support healing the whole person. KHN chaplains are trained to offer emotional and spiritual support to persons of all faiths, from pre-surgery and outpatient testing through the entire hospital experience.

Breast cancer support group SOAR (strength, optimism, and recovery) helps individuals diagnosed with breast cancer, their families and friends. Buddy system Moving Forward Hand in Hand is where breast cancer survivors offer support and encouragement to individuals newly diagnosed with breast cancer.


KHN and Kettering Physician Network employ thirteen medical oncologists, five radiation oncologists and two surgical oncologists. In addition, Kettering Cancer Care has three gynecological oncologists and oncology specialty surgeons on-staff. There are others who have privileges in the KHN system.


671 breast cancer cases were diagnosed within KHN in 2017.


The KHN integrated network cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The program is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award for excellence in cancer care.


Premier Health is a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. Learn more about this affiliation and local MD Anderson certified physicians by calling toll free (844) 316-HOPE (4673).

Miami Valley Hospital South Comprehensive Cancer Center

2300 Miami Valley Drive, Dayton

Miami Valley Hospital

1 Wyoming St., Dayton

Miami Valley Hospital North

9000 N. Main St., Englewood

Upper Valley Medical Center

3130 N County Road 25A, Troy

Atrium Medical Center

200 Medical Center Drive, Middletown



The Premier Health Cancer Institute offers the full continuum of breast cancer care, from prevention and screening through detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, all in locations that are close to home. The affiliation with MD Anderson provides access to expertise from the top cancer center in the country and the confidence of knowing the best minds in cancer care are working together for you.

The multidisciplinary breast cancer team, dedicated to the treatment of breast cancer, includes medical oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists, geneticists and reconstructive surgeons as well as psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, dietitians, certified oncology nurses and oncology nurse navigators.

Premier Health offers advanced breast imaging services, including Genius™ 3D Mammography™, high-resolution ultrasound, breast MRI, stereotactic biopsy, image-guided breast biopsies, DEXA (bone density) scanning, ductograms, and automated whole breast ultrasound. In addition, Premier Health offers mobile 3D mammography, to bring screening mammograms closer to where patients live and work.

In addition to medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology, Premier Health offers the following on-site services:

• Breast cancer clinical trials

• Genetic counseling and genetic testing

• High Risk Breast Cancer Centers

• Breast reconstruction services

• Lymphedema certified physical therapists

• Oncology rehabilitation services

• Private and semi-private chemotherapy/infusion rooms

• Specialized oncology nurse navigators


Premier Health offers oncology nurse navigators to help women through their cancer journey. In addition, Premier Health offers cancer support groups, informational classes, exercise classes, massage therapy, yoga, wellness center, social workers, nutrition services, therapeutic art, nutrition counseling and pastoral care.

Other amenities include healing gardens, coffee shops, free wireless Internet, dedicated meditation rooms, patient resource centers and private treatment rooms.


Premier Health has numerous medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and others who help patients through their cancer journeys


Premier Health became a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network in March 2016, offering local access to world-class expertise. All Premier Health cancer centers are accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Premier Health offers centralized scheduling for mammography by calling toll free (855) 887-7364, or patients with Premier Health MyChart accounts can schedule their screening mammograms online.


148 W. North St., Springfield




Serves Springfield Regional Medical Center in Clark County and Mercy Health - Urbana Hospital in Champaign County. Medical oncology infusion services, radiation oncology services. Accredited by the Commission on Cancer as a Community Cancer Program.


Cancer Care Outreach Program involving community education, screening and early-detection programming, psychosocial support, a Cancer Resource Library, the Pink Ribbon Society Support Group, American Cancer Society programs such as Look Good … Feel Better; an appearance center offering a wig program as well as bra and prosthesis fittings, nutrition education, lymphedema education, massage, on-site research RNs through a partnership with the Dayton Community Clinical Oncology Program.


Five medical oncologists and two radiation oncologists.


Average number of breast cancer patients per year in Clark County: 323


The cancer center is the flagship sponsor of the Making Strides Breast Cancer Awareness Walk of the American Cancer Society for the past six years. Springfield Regional Cancer Center offers external beam radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, as well as infusion chemotherapy. Serenity Garden located outside the infusion suite with bird feeders and pond. Meditation room available for private reflection and massage therapy; social services available to assist patients with individual needs.


1343 N. Fountain Blvd., Springfield




Springfield Imaging and Lab Center offers screening mammography and diagnostic imaging including breast ultrasound with same-day results. Screening mammography at SILC no longer requires a written order from your physician. Mercy also offers stereotactic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies. SILC is equipped with the most advanced imaging technology, including state-of-the-art 3D tomographic mammography, digital mammography, breast MRI, and ultrasound.

The latest technology in breast imaging is now mobile. The SILC will be providing mobile 2D and 3D mammography at convenient locations throughout the area. The mobile services along with no longer needing a physician’s order for a screening mammogram will make getting your mammogram easier than ever. Find a mobile mammography screening event near you at


The breast imaging navigator is designed to facilitate faster follow-up care from the point of abnormal mammogram to biopsy. SILC is focused on personal one-on-one care by helping to schedule follow-up appointments and biopsies. The imaging navigator and nurse navigators monitor, coordinate, educate and provide emotional support for every patient who has a need for additional breast care. Breast navigators can also help with any breast imaging financial concerns.

Should imaging determine that the patient has a positive breast pathology, the breast imaging navigator connects the patient with the breast health navigator, who follows the patient from lumpectomy, through treatment (radiation and/or chemotherapy) and remission. The breast health navigator also provides patients with detailed information from the American Cancer Society and a recovery pillow to take home following surgery. She tracks patients for the development of lymphedema.


2632 Woodman Center Court, Dayton

855-DAYTON1 (Toll free), 937-293-2273



Offering short course radiation therapies for the treatment of breast cancer allowing patients to get back to their life faster. Whole breast radiation treatments, which use high-energy beams of radiation to treat the entire breast for mastectomy patients – reducing your chance of recurrence by 70 percent. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), a safe and effective option for lumpectomy or mastectomy patients in just 15 days of therapy.


Doctor and oncology registered nurses available every day; one-on-one education with oncology nurse; free transportation service to and from daily treatment; easy access to our Independent Cancer Center gets you in and out in as little as 15 minutes.


9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

(866) 223-8100 (Cancer Answer Line)



Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center provides world-class care to patients with cancer and is at the forefront of new and emerging clinical, translational and basic cancer research.

Cleveland Clinic provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to breast cancer care that encompasses the most innovative surgical techniques, access to clinical trials and ground-breaking research.

• Detection — Mammography (appointments and walk-ins), breast MRI, image-guided biopsy

• Surgeries — Lumpectomy, simple or total mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, radical mastectomy, nipple-sparing mastectomy, sentinel lymph node procedures, lymphaticovenous bypass, breast reconstruction

• Treatments — Hyperthemia therapy, intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), prone breast irradiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, access to clinical trials


4th Angel Mentoring Program,, breast cancer support groups, art & music therapy, psycho-social oncology program, wig boutique and yoga.


The Clinic’s comprehensive breast cancer team is comprised of specialists dedicated to breast cancer. Breast cancer-focused specialists include:

• Breast surgeons practicing in breast centers

• Medical breast specialists, including physicians and nurse practitioners

• Breast radiologists

• Breast cancer medical oncologists

• Breast radiation oncologists

• Breast plastic surgeons

• Breast pathologists

• Breast cancer genetic counselors

• Breast cancer psychosocial team, including psychology and social work


At Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, more than 450 highly skilled doctors, researchers, nurses and technicians care for thousands of patients each year. Ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 5 in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center provides a range of services to patients including clinical trials and internationally-recognized cancer research efforts ensuring patients have access to the latest advances in cancer treatment, as well as a range of support programs helping patients navigate the challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis.


Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute

Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center

1145 Olentangy River Road, Columbus

The James Line at (614) 293-5066 or toll-free at (800) 293-5066



Offers the full continuum of breast cancer care, from prevention and screening through detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, in a single facility dedicated to advancing breast cancer care through research. The multidisciplinary breast cancer team includes medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, geneticists and reconstructive surgeons as well as psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, dietitians and oncology-trained nurses.

The breast center also offers:

• Clinical trials for all subsets of breast cancer and stages of disease, including triple negative and metastatic disease

• Genetic counseling and a high-risk breast cancer prevention clinic

• Advanced diagnostic imaging, including 3D mammography (Tomosynthesis), ultrasound and breast MRI and image-guided breast biopsies

• Breast reconstruction services, including microsurgical techniques using a patient’s own tissue

• Lymphedema-relieving surgery for prevention and reduction of lymphedema swelling post cancer treatment.

• Lymphedema-certified physical therapists and oncology rehabilitation services

• Private and semi-private chemotherapy/infusion rooms

• Women and sexuality after cancer consultative services

• JamesCare for Life support services and programming, including patient and caregiver support groups, nutrition, fitness and other educational classes

• Custom wig, hat and head coverings, specialized clothing and prosthetics through Hope’s Boutique

Other amenities include a cafe with patio dining, free parking, free wireless internet, Patient Resource Center, private counseling suites, private treatment rooms, rehabilitation gymnasium and sanctuary.


• Breast medical oncology – 8

• Breast surgical oncology – 6

• Breast radiation oncology – 3

• Breast radiology – 7

• Breast cancer genetics – 2

• Oncology reconstructive surgeons – 7

• High-Risk breast cancer program – 2


The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center is part of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), one of 49 cancer centers across the United States to hold the designation of comprehensive cancer center from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for research excellence. The OSUCCC – James earned the NCI’s highest ranking, “exceptional,” after the site reviews for their last two renewals.

Clinical Trials: As one of only a few programs nationwide funded by the NCI to conduct phase I and II clinical trials on novel anticancer drugs, the OSUCCC – James is a leader in advancing clinical and basic research for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. Researchers and clinicians work side-by-side to investigate and then move promising new therapies from the lab bench to the patient’s bedside, all with the goal of creating a cancer-free world one person, one discovery at a time.

Dozens of breast cancer clinical trials are typically open and enrolling patients at the OSUCCC – James, including trials to test new targeted medical therapies for triple negative and HER2-positive breast cancers, targeted partial breast radiation techniques and non-medical prevention trials.

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