Calvary SA Breast and Endocrine Service

Convenient and comprehensive care with Calvary SA Breast and Endocrine Service.

Calvary SA Breast and Endocrine Service is a leading healthcare provider in South Australia, specialising in the treatment of breast and endocrine disorders. With a team of highly qualified doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals, the service is dedicated to providing world-class care to patients across the region.

Located at Calvary Central Districts Hospital and Calvary North Adelaide Hospital, the service offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic, treatment, and support services for breast and endocrine conditions. From screening and diagnosis to surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, patients have access to state-of-the-art facilities and the latest medical technologies.

In addition to medical care, the service provides a range of support services to help patients manage the physical and emotional challenges of breast and endocrine disorders. These include counseling, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation programs.

With a patient-centered approach and a commitment to excellence, Calvary SA Breast and Endocrine Service is a trusted provider of healthcare services in South Australia.

Two convenient locations

Calvary Central Districts Hospital, Elizabeth Vale

Calvary North Adelaide Hospital, North Adelaide

To book an appointment, speak to your GP or call 08 8282 5300

You can book with the first available, or your preferred specialist. 


Our Surgeons

We know that this may be an anxious and confusing time for you. We aim to make things a little easier for you, by having all your breast care needs covered at the one location.

In addition, we have expert service providers onsite so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

Surgeons

Dr Sam Rice

Breast, Endocrine and General Surgeon, Elizabeth Vale and North Adelaide

Dr Anurag Gupta

Breast, Endocrine and General Surgeon, Elizabeth Vale

A/Prof Beverley Fosh

Breast Surgeon, North Adelaide

Dr Leong Tiong

Breast, Endocrine and General Surgeon, North Adelaide

Our Support Team

Breast Care Nurses

From the time of diagnosis, and throughout treatment, your breast care nurse will inform, organise, empower and support you and your family throughout your breast care journey.

Admin Staff

Your dedicated administration assistant will schedule all of your appointments and assist you with any questions you have along the way.


Calvary SA Breast and Endocrine Service

Providing expert care for all breast care needs:

  • Immediate appointments available
  • Specialised surgical team
  • Minimal surgical appointment wait times
  • Experienced breast care nurses
  • Access to onsite allied health providers

Finding Warmth and Care

My Breast Cancer Journey at Calvary SA

WORDS: Kellie Grady

If I had to have Breast Cancer, I’m glad I had it here. I wrote and scribbled this line out over half a dozen times, but try as I did, it just felt like there was no better way to express my thoughts.

September 22 – National Day of Mourning. I went to the gym and because the rest of the day was free, I tried a little bit harder than usual. Arms. Aaargh!

I got home and instead of the usual race through the shower, getting dressed, breakfast and racing out the door, I had time. I opened the mail. You know those beautiful 50th ‘gifts’ you get – scrape your poo, check your boobs. I was opening the BCA envelope as I massaged a ‘pulled muscle’, which, come to think of it, was actually, sort of, in my breast. Hmmm.

A week later and the ‘pulled muscle’ hadn’t subsided, so I made a call to get it checked. I figured it was just a cyst and they would drain it. It was a bit like a golf ball.

Mammogram. Ultrasound. “I’m just going to get the senior technician to come in,” followed by, “I’m just going to get the rostered Doctor to come in.”

October 7 – “You have Breast Cancer”

I met Dr Rice, Jasmin and Jo the very next week. The warmth and care were the first things I noticed. The knowledge, thoroughness and concern followed as we sat down in the appointment.

More tests, biopsies, scans. All in one place. Appointments seemingly just appeared, as Jasmin slipped out and organised them. Those early days I just wanted to be told where to go and what to do.

Results – Dr Rice explained the surgery (single mastectomy with axillary clearance) and why other alternatives were ruled out.

Surgery – Both Dr Rice and Jasmin were amazing supports; firstly making sure that I got to attend the cricket (I’m a cricket tragic, so 4 days post-surgery I made my way there. With drains! The poor security guard).

I was also able to still be a clown in The Christmas Pageant. 12 days post-surgery I ‘ran’ the streets of Adelaide. What an absolute buzz!

From there I met with Dr Joshi. Again, how fabulous is it having everything under the one roof?!

Jasmin came in to see me during the first Chemo session  to check on how I was settling into the process (and to see the clown photos). She has continued to be both a friendly face and ear throughout the whole process.

If I had to have Breast Cancer, I’m glad I had it here. 

Paclitaxel is finished and now I embark on AC. The cold capping has kept a reasonable amount of my hair. The Cancer Centre nurses have been wonderful. For all the fast-paced logistics they juggle, as a patient you are made to feel like everything revolves around you. The chats during the process, which focus on everyday things, about the weekend, a concert… all the normal stuff. It’s just so lovely.

When the Chemo is finished, I’m off to Radiotherapy. I’m sure I’ll meet more beautiful, caring, genuine people there too.

Please note: The Northern Breast Centre at Calvary Central Districts is part of the Calvary SA Breast and Endocrine Service, which also incorporates the Breast and Endocrine Centre at Calvary North Adelaide.


Tips for Performing Self-Exams and Identifying Symptoms

Self-examination

Everyone’s breasts look and feel different. You may have lumpy breasts, one breast larger than the other, breasts that are different shapes, or one or both nipples that are pulled in (inverted), which can be there from birth or happen when the breasts are developing. 

Become familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts. There’s no right or wrong way to check your breasts for any changes. Try to get used to looking at and feeling your breasts regularly. You can do this in the bath or shower, when you use body lotion or when you get dressed. Just decide what you are comfortable with and what suits you best. 

Remember to check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone. When you check your breasts, try to be aware of any changes that are different for you. 

Know what to look for 

“I felt a lump,” is a common phrase for those who have had a breast cancer diagnosis, but there are many other symptoms or warning signs to watch for: 

  • a new lump in your breast or underarm (armpit) 
  • thickening or swelling of part of your breast 
  • irritation or dimpling of your breast skin 
  • redness or flaky skin in your nipple area or your breast 
  • pulling in of your nipple or pain in your nipple area 
  • nipple discharge other than breast milk 
  • any change in the size or the shape of your breast 
  • pain in any area of your breast. 

Don’t delay 

Most breast changes are not likely to be breast cancer. However, if you find a change in your breast that’s unusual for you, see your doctor without delay.


Calvary

Elizabeth Vale and North Adelaide

calvarycare.org.au

@calvary_health_care

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