Women's Health Services

Comprehensive Breast Center


Covenant's Comprehensive Breast Center Receives Accreditation from the NAPBC!

New 'Short Course' Breast Cancer Treatment Now Available at Covenant Cancer Treatment Center. Click here to learn more!

Breast cancer is serious, yet easier to detect if you are faithful to self breast exams and annual mammograms. Encourage the women in your life – mother, daughter, sister and friend – to commit to fighting breast cancer through early detection. Women with a family history of breast cancer or women 40+ are at risk, and should take the steps necessary to prevent this disease from claiming another life.

The breast surgeons at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare are committed to saving your life by providing all the services you need. From digital mammograms to excisional breast biopsies, a lumpectomy, mastectomy, sentinel node biopsies, FNA, cyst aspirations, stereotactic/ultrasound guided biopsies and much more, our breast surgeon’s work closely with our medical and radiation oncologists to provide comprehensive breast care at every stage. In fact, our breast surgeons provide breast biopsy results in less than 24 hours for most patients. Our on-site surgeons, radiologists and their compassionate team feel you deserve to know the results of your test as soon as possible.

Exceptional breast care – whether for prevention or treatment – is close to home at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, providing the services you need from diagnosis to breast cancer treatment. With such a collaborative effort, you can be assured the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Surgical Team is ready for you. Another part of “What Great’ Is Made Of.”

Covenant’s Comprehensive Breast Center is Now Accredited
It all begins with a mammogram, a screening that can often detect cancer early. Covenant’s Comprehensive Breast Center is now accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and offers a full array of services including mammograms, ultrasounds and breast biopsies. Should cancer be detected, we provide all the comprehensive services you need to move beyond breast cancer to the celebration of life as a cancer survivor. Patients with breast disease can be assured they are receiving the most current and available forms of evaluation, treatment and follow-up care.

 The health care professionals at Covenant’s Comprehensive Breast Center are just like you – many are cancer survivors, and will be there for you every step of the way.

  •  Highly-skilled breast surgeons
  • A dedicated breast care navigator to help you through the process and to ensure you have access to the many services available at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
  • Covenant Cancer Treatment Center - the area’s only accredited cancer treatment center recommended by the American College of Surgeons with chemotherapy/hematology services and radiation therapy options
  • A patient-centered healing approach to cancer care including emotional support, nutrition planning, and rehabilitation and wellness services
  • Ask our breast care navigator about A New Direction, our cancer services orientation program to help you understand all the services and amenities avaialbe to you

Our team of health care professionals is committed to helping you through this journey of healing your mind, body and spirit.

Mammography services, including digital mammography, are located in the Outpatient and Women’s Services building on the fourth floor. The center is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and every other Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. You may contact them at 319.272.7039.

Mammography services are also available at Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Timely Diagnosis – Our Promise to You!
Our breast surgeons and compassionate staff believe very strongly that patients should not have to wait a week or even days to receive their results. In most circumstances, breast biopsy results are available in less than 24 hours! The results of your mammogram are sent to your primary care physician. If issues arise with your mammogram, your primary care physician will explain the results and can refer you to one of three Covenant breast surgeons at the Comprehensive Breast Center, often the same day.

Comprehensive Breast Center Services
• Mammography & Ultasound
• Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
• Needle Localizations
• Minimally Invasive, Image-guided Surgical Technology
• Excisional Breast Biopsy (removal of a mass)
• Lumpectomy & Mastectomy
• Sentinal Node Biopsy (check of lymph nodes)
• FNA, Cyst Aspirations & Stereotactic/Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy

Insist on a consultation at Covenant’s Comprehensive Breast Center where all your tests are right at our fingertips. To schedule an appointment with one of Covenant’s breast surgeons call 319.272.7039.

Multi-Specialty Review of New Breast Cancer Cases
Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be difficult. At Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, we offer patients a distinct advantage: a group of physicians from various specialties meet weekly to review new breast cancer cases. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, your Covenant breast surgeon can present your case to other physicians who specialize in chemotherapy treatment, tissue and biopsy analysis, radiation therapy, surgeons and others who help develop the best plan of care. This provides a more coordinated approach to your specific situation by a group of experts in each field.

Experienced Breast Surgeons
Covenant’s Breast surgeons - Robert Savereide, MD and Neil McMahon, MD - are dedicated to finding the problem and providing you with options from breast surgery to cancer treatment (if needed). Surgeons at Covenant’s Comprehensive Breast Center can perform minimally-invasive surgeries including biopsies to remove tissue or a mass; lumpectomies to remove a cyst or tumor; and mastectomies to remove the breast(s) if such a procedure is necessary.

Whatever your specific needs are, our comprehensive services and compassionate team are there to take you from diagnosis to treatment, and back to a fulfilling life!

Comprehensive Cancer Treatment Options
A cancer diagnosis can overwhelm you with fear and uncertainty. There are so many options to consider. Know that Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare has put a comprehensive care system in place so you can receive the services you need right here at home.

Covenant Cancer Treatment Center is the only accredited and multi-disciplinary cancer treatment center in the area. What that means is that the American College of Surgeons has reviewed our system of care and given us commendation – a formal recommendation of our services. We offer both chemotherapy and radiation therapy all at one convenient location, along with other services such as emotional support, nutrition advise and wellness services for complete cancer care.

We are very proud to be recommended as a place where you can find exceptional cancer care, and we are committed to Northeast Iowans who need these services close to the communities in which they live. Receiving care close to home is so important – from being able to sleep in your own bed, to having close friends and family with you through the journey.

Other Helpful Services
Should you be diagnosed with breast cancer, ask your physician or breast surgeon about eBX™, a new treatment option for first stage breast cancer patients. Our Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness program is a testament to our commitment to helping you obtain optimal health before, during and after treatment. Be sure to ask your cancer physician for a consultation with our certified cancer exercise specialist and rehabilitation therapist certified in lymphedema treatment and more.