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The Breast Care Center at Cheshire Medical Center offers comprehensive services from screening to surveillance for recurrent disease. All along the way, our patients are empowered with information and education as they partner with their Breast Care Team in making decisions about their plan of care.

Screening & detection 

Screening tests are used to find breast cancer before there are warning signs or symptoms, and when the chances of survival are highest.  Radiologists interpret screening results, working collaboratively with the Pathologists, Surgeons and Oncologists. Pathologists determine a diagnosis, and, if cancer, determine the staging. The Breast Care Team then partners with the patient to determine a personal treatment plan. The Breast Care Center offers the following screening and detection technologies:

Mammography is a detailed radiograph of the breast. It creates images of the tissue inside the breast and is used to identify lumps, tumors, or other abnormalities that are too small to find by touch alone. A screening mammogram is a routine test to look at breast tissue without any physical abnormalities or symptoms. It can also serve as a baseline for future mammograms. A diagnostic mammogram is done to evaluate physical findings or symptoms noted by a patient or her provider.

Tomosynthesis—also known as 3D mammography—is a screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer. It includes both 2D and tomosnthesis scans. During the 3D part of the exam, an x-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds. Images are displayed as a series of thin slices that can be viewed by our radiologists as individual images or in a dynamic interactive animation. It allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape, and location of abnormalities.

Breast Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of the body. A breast ultrasound is a focused examination on areas of concern found during a mammogram or physical examination.

Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a test used to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities in the breast. A breast MRI captures multiple images of your breast, which are combined, using a computer, to generate detailed pictures.

A breast MRI usually is performed after you have a biopsy that's positive for cancer and your doctor needs more information about the extent of the disease. In certain situations, such as for women with a high risk of breast cancer, have a very strong family history of breast cancer, or carry a hereditary breast cancer gene mutation, a breast MRI may be used with mammograms as a screening tool for detecting breast cancer.

Diagnostic Biopsy Several breast biopsy procedures are used to obtain a tissue sample from the breast. Your doctor may recommend a particular procedure based on the size, location and other characteristics of the breast abnormality. If it's not clear why you're having one type of biopsy instead of another, ask your doctor to explain.

Treatment

With advanced technologies and expert staff, the Breast Care Center works with each of our patients to select just the right plan of treatment, coordinating the following specialty areas to provide seamless care:

Surgery

Most patients with diagnosis of breast cancer undergo some form of surgical procedure. One source of overview information about these procedures can be found at komen.org.  All surgical treatment is discussed in detail with your surgeon.

Chemotherapy

In addition to surgical treatment, chemotherapy is used to further decrease the chance of a malignancy coming back in the breast or body in general. There are certain drugs which are considered standard of care. However, clinical trials are available should you meet certain criteria and desire participation. Your Medical Oncologist will discuss treatment options and your plan of care.

Radiation

Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) typically uses targeted, high-energy X-rays to kill cancer cells. The goal of radiation therapy is to kill any cancer that might be left in or around the breast after surgery.  Your Radiation Oncologist will discuss your plan of care.