Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Services

Opened in 1954, St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers world-class healthcare close to home for patients and families in west St. Tammany Parish and surrounding areas.

The physicians and staff at St. Tammany Parish Hospital are dedicated to multidisciplinary, comprehensive and innovative evaluation and management of diseases of the breast, including  diagnosis, treatment and support for all diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast Multidisciplinary Team

The STPH Breast Multidisciplinary Team of board-certified physician specialists in medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, general surgery, plastic surgery, and key nursing and ancillary staff meet regularly to monitor the clinical quality of care and ensure compliance with nationally recognized clinical guidelines that promote evidence-based care. Biweekly interdisciplinary tumor conferences allow the team to discuss breast cancer cases and create a unified treatment plan built on the combined clinical expertise of each team member that reflects the individual needs of each patient. 

Comprehensive clinical and support services are available to meet patient and caregiver needs throughout the continuum of care. Once breast cancer is diagnosed, the latest in surgical and reconstructive techniques are available as well as radiation and medical oncology specialties. Throughout the continuum of care, from screening to diagnosis and treatment into survivorship, patients have access to nurse navigators who provide education, support and referrals to integral members of the breast care team. A dietician, social worker, genetic counseling/testing, clinical research, rehabilitation/certified lymphedema therapy, palliative care and survivorship are all important available aspects of care. A boutique is available as well as numerous support groups, meditation, yoga and tai chi classes and many other educational programs and opportunities.

Members of the Breast Multidisciplinary Team

Greg Henkelmann MD, Chair          
Radiation Oncology  
Jennifer Daly MD, Conference Facilitator
Radiology 
 
Scott Bermudez MD
Radiation Oncology 
Greg Bizette MD
Hematology Oncology 
Natalie Fitton MD
Radiology 
Irene Caillouet MD
Surgery
Joseph Hajjar MD
Radiology
Ludwig Heintz MD
Surgery
M'Liss Hogan MD
Plastic Surgery
M. Celeste Lagard MD
Surgery
Carrie Marquette MD
Hematology Oncology
Karl Ordoyne MD
Surgery
Jack Saux MD
Hematology Oncology
Sharon Tomberlin MD
Pathology 

 

Diagnostic Services

The Women’s Pavilion is the flagship breast center for St. Tammany Parish Hospital. It is the only imaging center on the Northshore designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence through the American College of Radiology. Designed in 2010 to be the destination of choice for breast healthcare, the pavilion staff performs more than 5,000 breast screenings annually and diagnoses more breast cancer than at any other Northshore facility with patients ranging from young 20s to late 90s. The Healing Arts Initiative of the St. Tammany Hospital Foundation provides the pavilion with a healing, spa-like environment. Local artists’ works and elements of water and fire promote a sense of well-being for patients and staff alike.

State-of-the-art imaging technology is utilized for screening and diagnosis of breast tissue, including full field 2D and 3D digital mammography, ultrasound and breast MRI. A wide array of specialized breast procedures are available including:

  • Needle localizations
  • Stereotactic needle core biopsies
  • Ultrasound guided biopsies
  • Sentinel lymph node injections for surgical evaluation

All diagnostic care is directed by breast-fellowship trained radiologists, who specialize in women’s imaging and focus solely on the evaluation and management of breast diseases. The one-on-one physician interaction provides significant comfort to patients needing further evaluation following a screening mammogram. In addition to services provided at the Women’s Pavilion, St. Tammany Parish Hospital offers two additional convenient screening locations with expanded evening and Saturday hours. Free clinical breast exams and mammography screenings are available to those with barriers to care through the hospital’s partner Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

Healthy Living Opportunities

Tai Chi: Healing in Motion
The art of Tai Chi will help you learn to use the power of movement to fight disease, boost your immune system, find strengths, make the best of treatments and meet the challenges a significant illness brings.

Mindful Meditation
Learn to use the power of your mind to fight disease, find strengths, make the best of treatments and meet the challenges cancer can bring.

Restorative Yoga in Cancer Care
Incorporates yoga techniques appropriate for anyone going through a cancer experience regardless of physical strength or abilities.

Fighting with Your Fork! Nutrition and Cancer
Discover simple and tasty recipes made with nourishing ingredients, watch demonstrations of easy cooking techniques and learn to easily incorporate healthy eating habits into your life.

Look Good…Feel Better
Developed by the American Cancer Society for women undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, spend an afternoon with certified professional cosmetologists as they demonstrate skin, nail and hair tips that can enhance your appearance and improve your self-image while undergoing cancer treatment.

Support Groups

Sister Survivors
Open to any woman currently receiving treatment or who has completed treatment for any cancer diagnosis, regardless of where the treatment was received.

Cancer Connection
Offers a place to express ones fears and hope, and gain strength from others who understand the challenges and opportunities of living with cancer.

Survive Dat! Northshore Chapter
Dedicated to enhancing the health and wellness of young breast cancer survivors, this class addresses the unique needs of survivors and covers topics such as genetics, fertility, body image, family issues and personal stressors.