Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis
Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute offers people at risk for breast cancer with convenient access to comprehensive testing and diagnostic services. We use the most advanced technology available, which may include low-radiation and radiation-free imaging, or minimally invasive or non-invasive diagnostic procedures.
Our cancer care team includes a dedicated breast cancer patient navigator who assists patients and families with coordinating care and supportive services. The nurse navigator is present from the beginning to help women with positive diagnoses navigate the unfamiliar terrain of selecting and managing their treatment options.
Doylestown Health patients have direct access to our Cancer Risk and Genetics Program provided through Jefferson's Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.
Cancer risk and genetic counseling services are specifically designed for individuals who want information about their personal risk for cancer. Our goal is to provide early detection and prevention of cancer in our patients and at-risk family members.
A board-certified genetic counselor and a physician will address your concerns about hereditary cancers and provide genetic testing and prevention strategies for at-risk family members.
To schedule an appointment with a genetic counselor, please call 267.885.1864.
Advanced Screening and Diagnostics
Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute offers people at risk for breast cancer access to the latest imaging techniques through our Women's Diagnostic Centers. Patients have the convenience of scheduling tests close to their home or workplace at Doylestown Hospital or at the Health and Wellness Center in Warrington, PA.
Doylestown Health's Women's Diagnostic Center utilizes state-of-the-art methods for the earliest detection and most effective treatment possible, and offers a full range of breast imaging services including mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.
Breast ultrasound is used to assist mammography in the detection of abnormalities. With ultrasound, the abnormalities can be categorized as a cyst or solid tumor/mass. The images are captured by the technologist and stored digitally.
Doylestown Health's Women's Diagnostic Center specializes in the earliest possible detection of breast disease using various mammography screenings to provide a more in-depth look at breast tissue.
Mammograms can show slight changes in the breast tissue and reveal abnormalities, including tiny cancerous tumors when they are too small to be felt. When discovered early, most breast cancers can be effectively treated. Our highly skilled team utilizes comprehensive screening measures for breast health, including:
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Screening Breast Ultrasound
During screening breast ultrasound, a radiologist performs ultrasound imaging of the entire breast to assess for abnormalities. This type of breast ultrasound is performed only after a screening mammogram is completed and found to be normal; it cannot be a standalone screening study. Screening breast ultrasound can be especially helpful in patients with very dense breast tissue as it can find cancers that are obscured on a mammogram.
Breast MRI is an imaging tool often used to investigate concerns first found on mammography. It is an excellent tool for imaging an augmented breast including the implant and the surrounding tissue. MRI is useful in the staging of cancer that may be obscured by an implant or for use in follow up after breast cancer therapies.
If a lump in your breast requires further examination, your physician may order a breast biopsy. Until recently, all breast biopsies were surgical procedures which required a trip to the operating room. Now, computerized imaging equipment allows radiologists to perform breast biopsies quickly and painlessly.
Doylestown Health's Women's Diagnostic Centers offer the following types of breast biopsy:
- Ultrasound-guided minimally invasive breast biopsy: This procedure allows radiologists to perform breast biopsies quickly, painlessly and accurately using ultrasound for guidance. Small sections of suspicious tissue are sampled during the biopsy.
- Stereotactic breast biopsy: This procedure uses X-ray and computer technology to pinpoint and analyze the abnormal area and to insert a fine needle to extract suspicious tissue. This is often done to biopsy tiny calcium deposits when no mass can be felt or seen on an ultrasound. Computerized imaging equipment allows radiologists to perform the breast biopsy quickly and painlessly. Stereotactic breast biopsy is as accurate as traditional surgical biopsy, but it decreases the amount of tissue removed for diagnosis and minimizes any scarring to the breast.
- MRI-guided minimally invasive breast biopsy: The most advanced technology available, this procedure allows radiologists to perform breast biopsies accurately using MRI for guidance.