Breast Cancer Diagnostics
Diagnostic testing with the latest technologies is vital for accurately identifying, staging and determining treatment for breast cancer. Our patients are evaluated with the most up-to-date cancer diagnostic services.
Some of the tests commonly used to diagnose breast cancer include:
- physical examination to detect lumps or changes
- digital mammogram
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), to evaluate results from a mammogram or ultrasound
- breast biopsy, an outpatient procedure to remove a sample of breast tissue for laboratory testing, including stereotactic biopsy, ultrasound-guided biopsy and MRI-guided biopsy
- sentinel lymph node biopsy and/or removal of nodes, to test for possible spread
- pathology testing, to identify biological markers that help determine appropriate treatments
- CT (computed tomography) scan
- PET (positron emission tomography) scan
Depending upon physical examination findings, symptoms or laboratory results, other tests also may be recommended.
The Mary T. Sachs Breast Center at Abington Health Center – Schilling Campus in Willow Grove is devoted to breast imaging and diagnosis. The center:
- Offers the finest digital mammography, ultrasound and breast biopsy services in a convenient location
- Was named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for being fully accredited, with high standards in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy
- Has specialized interventional radiologists to provide breast biopsies if needed, including MRI-guided, ultrasound-guided and mammography-guided stereotactic breast biopsy.
- Expedites appointments for women who need to see a breast surgeon through a special Fast Track Program
- Speeds up scheduling of image-guided biopsies and pre-biopsy surgical referrals
- Interdisciplinary team of breast radiologists, surgeons and pathologists works to achieve a rapid diagnosis for each woman
Mammography is also available at Lansdale Hospital and the Abington Health Center – Warminster Campus.
Diagnostic testing using advanced technology for all types of cancer is available at all Abington Health locations, including Abington Memorial Hospital, Lansdale Hospital, Abington Health Center – Schilling Campus (in Willow Grove) and Abington Health Center – Warminster Campus. If a biopsy is indicated, our Pathology Department offers special expertise in analyzing test results.
As the breast cancer care coordinator, nurse navigator Betty Cummings can help women who have concerns about an abnormal mammogram, ultrasound or the need for a biopsy. Please contact her at 215-481-3191 or email@example.com.
Genetic Risk Assessment Program
The Rosenfeld Cancer Center offers a free breast cancer and ovarian cancer risk assessment program to help you better understand your genetic risk of beast cancer and/or ovarian cancer, or the risk faced by your family members. For more information, please call the oncology nurse genetic counselor at 215-481-2715.
Free or low-cost breast cancer screenings are offered throughout the year as a community service. For a schedule of dates, contact Community Health Education at 215-481-2204.
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