Opened in 1954, St. Tammany Health System 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 Health System 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.
Achieving National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accreditation in 2017 demonstrates our commitment to ensure the best in today's breast cancer care is available right here at our NAPBC accredited breast center.
Breast Multidisciplinary Team
The STHS 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, music therapy, yoga and tai chi classes and many other educational programs and opportunities.
Diagnostic Services (985-773-1500)
The Women’s Pavilion is the flagship breast center for St. Tammany Health System. 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. 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
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. 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. (985-789-5637 for information)
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. (985-373-6089 for information)
Restorative Yoga in Cancer Care
Incorporates yoga techniques appropriate for anyone going through a cancer experience regardless of physical strength or abilities. (985-789-0793 for information)
Support Groups (985-276-6832 for information)
Open to any woman currently receiving treatment or who has completed treatment for any cancer diagnosis, regardless of where the treatment was received.
Coffee and Conversation
Stop by and meet members of the cancer center staff, receive support and encouragement and enjoy coffee and pastries.