World-Class Breast Cancer Care

A breast cancer diagnosis can raise a lot of questions and feel overwhelming. That’s why we’re here – our care team will be with you through every step of the journey. At Stamford Health, we are committed to providing emotional support and compassionate, comprehensive breast cancer care to every patient.


Our Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center, which relies on person-centered care with evidence-based treatment, broadened its relationship with Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center. This allows our patients to have enhanced oncology care from both world-class teams.

This collaboration with Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center also provides our breast cancer patients access to the latest clinical trials in ground-breaking prevention, detection, and treatment. To review our latest clinical trial offerings and learn whether you're a potential candidate, visit our Clinical Trials page or call 203.358.8879.

Bennett Cancer Center physicians work collaboratively with the Breast Center team to ensure comprehensive, well-coordinated care between surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, and more.

Stamford Health’s nurse navigators ensure that no patient is ever left feeling alone. Our navigators work as part of a multidisciplinary oncology team to provide support to patients through their entire treatment journey. They answer questions, coordinate appointments and services, and offer referrals to additional resources, if needed.

Meet Our Providers

  • Surgery
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
Arlene E Butler
Breast Surgery

(203) 276-4255

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Sarah  Cate
Breast Surgery

(203) 276-4255

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Swapna  Ghanta
Breast Surgery

(203) 276-4255

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Steve  Lo
Hematology, Medical Oncology

(203) 276-2695

Kelsey  Sokol
Hematology, Medical Oncology

(203) 276-2695

Jamie  Stratton
Hematology, Medical Oncology

(203) 276-2695

Paul L. Weinstein
Hematology, Medical Oncology

(203) 276-2695

Steven C Oh
Radiation Oncology

(203) 276-7886

Andrew W Smith
Radiation Oncology

(203) 276-7886

Mia  Kazanjian
Diagnostic Radiology

(203) 276-2663

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Robert C. Babkowski
Anatomic-Clinical Pathology, Cytopathology

(203) 276-7420

Specialized Breast Cancer Care

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DANA-FARBER BRIGHAM CANCER CENTER COLLABORATION

Our deepening relationship means our physicians work with Dana-Farber Brigham doctors to provide a second opinion right from the start, access to clinical trials, and care guided by the most advanced evidence-based best practices in cancer treatment and research.

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EXPERIENCED, COMPASSIONATE BREAST SURGEONS

Our breast surgeons perform the highest quality surgeries. They collaborate with breast radiologists, oncologists, and radiation therapists at the Bennett Cancer Center to develop a personalized care plan.

HIGH-TECH COLD CAPS

For many women, hair loss during chemotherapy is an upsetting side effect. However, Stamford Health is proud to offer an FDA-cleared scalp cooling system for many of our breast cancer patients to combat hair loss. The Paxman Scalp Cooling System delivers a consistent low temperature during your infusion. If you're interested in learning more, please speak with your care team.

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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE PROGRAM

This evidence-based approach combines traditional scientific medicine, psychology, nursing, nutrition, exercise physiology, and belief to enhance the natural healing capacities of the body and mind. This range of complimentary therapies is offered in combination with cancer treatment.


Breast Cancer Treatment Options

Our team focuses on you and your course of treatment through a multidisciplinary approach. Specialists in breast imaging, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, pathology, and genetics meet to make the most optimal decisions possible for your treatment plan.


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If you’re diagnosed with a tumor that requires immediate surgical treatment, we can book an appointment for you to see a surgeon within 24-48 hours. If you need breast surgery, our team will review options and work with you to create a personalized plan.
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When you need radiation therapy, our expert team depends on the latest technology to care for you. Your radiation oncologist will develop a personalized care plan to deliver radiation to the tumor area, shielding as much surrounding normal tissue as possible.
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If needed, your oncologist will create a plan for your chemotherapy treatment, which will include your dosage of medication and how often you’ll receive it. For immunotherapy, this ground-breaking treatment activates specific parts of the immune system to fight breast cancer.

High-Risk Breast Cancer Screening Program

If you’re considered high risk for breast cancer due to family history or other factors, we offer many services, including counseling by a dedicated high-risk breast navigator and genetic testing. We work together with the Breast Center to help assess your level of risk and management options tailored to your needs.

  • Specialized Surveillance
    Certain high-risk patients may benefit from more frequent screenings including breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and 3D mammograms, examined both by eye and with computer-assisted detection.
  • Chemopreventive Therapy
    Medical oncologists at the Bennett Cancer Center will work with you to find the best chemo-preventive therapy to help cut your risk.
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If breast cancer runs in your family or you’ve had abnormal tests, our High-Risk Breast Cancer Screening program is your next step. Call 203.276.5905.

Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center Collaborative

Stamford Health’s comprehensive, ongoing collaboration with Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center ensures that our patients receive world-class, clinical expertise close to home. Stamford Health physicians work together with Dana-Farber Brigham physicians to offer timely second opinions and allow access to the latest research, treatment options, and clinical trials. For more information on how this unique relationship helps our patients, watch the video.

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Hear From Our Patients

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“It is amazing that this facility is here, and it’s so great for our community … I only had to drive a few minutes to get here. I couldn’t imagine having to go anywhere else.”


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“I just can’t say enough about the doctors and nurses at Stamford Health. We are so fortunate, and so lucky to have such great care right here in Stamford. They are amazing – the whole Bennett Cancer Center team.”


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Breast Cancer FAQs

  • What signs or symptoms of breast cancer should you be aware of, and when should you seek immediate medical attention at Stamford Health?
    Be vigilant for symptoms such as a lump, changes in breast size or shape, nipple discharge, or skin changes. If you notice any concerning changes, seek immediate medical attention at Stamford Health for a thorough evaluation.
  • At what age should you start regular mammogram screenings for breast cancer at Stamford Health, and how often should they be scheduled?
    The recommended age for average risk women to begin mammograms is 40 years old. It is important to have a mammogram annually. For patients with elevated risk, breast screenings may begin sooner. If you have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors, it is essential to discuss your screening schedule with your health care provider. They can help determine if and when to start screening earlier, and whether MRI should be added as well. Visit our mammography page for more details.
  • If you have a family history of breast cancer, how does that affect your screening recommendations at Stamford Health?
    A family history may warrant earlier or more frequent screenings. The high-risk program at Stamford Health is a specialized program designed for individuals who are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. High-risk individuals may have a family history of breast cancer, genetic mutations, or other risk factors. This program provides a personalized risk assessment, advanced screening options, and comprehensive care for those who may benefit from increased vigilance in breast cancer prevention and early detection.
  • How quickly can you expect to receive the results of my breast cancer screenings at Stamford Health, and what happens if an abnormality is detected?
    At Stamford Health, we understand the importance of timely results. If you are getting a mammogram screening, results are provided typically within one business day via phone and the patient portal. A report will also be sent to your physician. To obtain copies of your scan, please complete the AUTHORIZATION OF RELEASE FORM. If an abnormality is found, our team will guide you through further diagnostic steps and discuss a personalized care plan. In the event of an abnormal finding, our dedicated team ensures swift communication to discuss the results with you.
  • If diagnosed with breast cancer at Stamford Health, what surgical options are available? How is the choice made between lumpectomy and mastectomy?

    At Stamford Health, our experienced team discusses personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique situation. Surgical options for breast cancer may include lumpectomy (breast-conserving surgery) or mastectomy (complete removal). The decision is influenced by factors such as the stage of cancer, tumor size, and individual preferences. We collaborate closely with patients, ensuring they are well-informed and empowered to make choices aligned with their health goals.

    Stamford Health offers a wide range of breast surgery options, including but not limited to:

    • Lumpectomy (breast-conserving surgery).
    • Mastectomy (partial or total).
    • Lymph node procedures.
    • Lymphedema surgery.
    • Breast reconstruction.
    • Nipple-sparing mastectomy.
    • Surgical biopsies.
    • Excision of benign breast tumors.
    • Reduction mammaplasty (BREAST REDUCTION).
    • Breast augmentation.

    Our experienced breast surgeons will discuss your specific diagnosis and treatment plan to determine the most appropriate surgical approach for your needs.

  • Can Stamford Health provide breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy, and when is the best time to discuss this option with my health care team?

    Yes, breast reconstruction is an option for many patients after breast surgery. The timing of breast reconstruction varies. Some patients choose immediate reconstruction, performed during the same surgery as the mastectomy. Others opt for delayed reconstruction, which can occur at a later date, often after other treatments like chemotherapy or radiation.

    Our breast surgeons will discuss the best timing and breast reconstruction options for your unique circumstances, ensuring you have the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding your post-surgery choices.

  • Can Stamford Health provide guidance on fertility preservation options before starting breast cancer treatment, and when should this discussion take place?
    Recognizing the significance of fertility preservation, Stamford Health encourages early discussions on this topic as part of the breast cancer treatment planning process. Our compassionate health care professionals are available to provide guidance and support, addressing your concerns and helping you make informed decisions about preserving fertility options.
  • Are clinical trials for breast cancer treatments available at Stamford Health, and how can I explore participation in these trials?

    Stamford Health is at the forefront of advancing breast cancer research through our commitment to clinical trials. We offer opportunities for patients to explore cutting-edge treatments and contribute to medical advancements. Visit our Clinical Trials page to learn more about the available trials, eligibility criteria, and how you can participate in these groundbreaking studies.

  • What supportive services does Stamford Health offer for managing side effects during breast cancer treatment and recovery?
    At Stamford Health, we prioritize your holistic well-being throughout the breast cancer treatment and recovery journey. We offer programs to help patients cope with the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of their journey. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that individuals have a well-rounded support system to address their unique needs and concerns.

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