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Breast Cancer

Questions About Breast Cancer?

We’re here to help. Contact our Breast Navigator, Betsy Rice, MSN, RN,CBCN, at 203-276-CARE. Press 5.

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Breast cancer is a diagnosis no woman hopes to face. That's why emotional support and compassionate, comprehensive breast cancer care are so important. With a dedicated team of renowned physicians and breast radiologists by your side, we aim to give you the best medical attention.

What makes breast cancer treatment at Stamford Health unique?

We were the first in Connecticut to offer tomosynthesis, or 3D mammograms. This method of screening is quicker and uses less radiation. Still, we understand the anxiety involved in waiting for your results and next steps. That's why we make sure the Breast Center works with you to provide timely service and answers. When you come for a mammogram during normal business hours, you'll get same-day results unlike other breast centers in the area. If needed, we can often schedule you for a breast biopsy right after your mammogram because your time counts.

Our team focuses on you and your course of treatment with full attention to detail. We meet frequently at multidisciplinary conferences, or tumor boards, to discuss individual patient cases. Specialists in medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, pathology, and genetics gather together to make the most optimal decisions possible for your breast health and breast cancer treatment.

When do you need surgery for breast cancer?

We might recommend breast surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy either alone or in combination to treat any breast tumors you may have. If you’re diagnosed with a tumor that requires immediate surgical treatment, we can book an appointment for you to see a surgeon within 24-36 hours. Our Radiation Oncology Department is staffed by the area's leading radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, medical physicists and a medical dosimetrist, who will all make sure you’re treated effectively and safely.If you need breast surgery, our team will review options with you. Together, we work to come up with a plan best suited for you.

High-Risk Breast Cancer 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 personal situation, level of risk, and management options tailored to your needs. Here’s what you should know about genetic testing for hereditary cancer symptoms:

  • It’s available to you if we determine you’re at risk.
  • Testing can help determine your risk for specific cancers so we can perform appropriate screening and risk reduction options.
  • You’ll have direct contact with a full-time cancer genetic counselor. We encourage you to schedule a consultation for risk assessment, discussion of genetic testing, and possible screening recommendations.

Treatment Options for Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer

Specialized Surveillance
: If you’re at high risk for breast cancer, you can receive additional breast screenings. We use 3D mammograms, examined both by eye and with computer-assisted detection. In addition, we offer breast ultrasound and high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Chemopreventive Therapy: You may also meet with a medical oncologist at the Bennett Cancer Center to discuss use of preventive (hormonal) therapy.

Adjuvant Systemic Therapies: After your cancer treatment, doctors may recommend hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy to reduce the chance of the cancer coming back.

Measuring Outcomes

On an ongoing basis, the Bennett Cancer Center’s Cancer Committee reviews, monitors and reports on quality of care measures established by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). See the results for breast cancer.

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