Located on the second floor of the Charles O. Fisher Medical Building on the Carroll Hospital campus, the Center for Breast Health provides centralized resources and fully integrative care to meet your individual needs.
The center features a distinguished medical team, leading technologies, extensive support and educational resources to guide patients through benign breast health conditions and breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship.
Our health navigators have one mission–to offer you heartfelt support and guidance as you make a series of informed decisions about your care with your physician. They can assist with support of virtually every aspect of diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship.
Breast Cancer Peer Consultation
The Center for Breast Health is host to a network of cancer survivors who share their experiences to support, comfort and inform. In a warm, private atmosphere, you can learn more about surgical and non-surgical treatment methods, side effects and coping strategies from those who have successfully faced similar choices and challenges.
The Wellness Boutique, located in Carroll Hospital’s East Pavilion, is designed with comfort, wellness and strength in mind — offering unique merchandise and holistic items. If you or a loved one are living with cancer, visit Studio YOU inside the boutique to explore an array of support items including mastectomy bras and breast prostheses from Anchor Pharmacy, wigs, hats, turbans and more. Limited quantities of wigs and head coverings are available free of charge. Appointments are required for Studio YOU. Please call 410-871-6161 to schedule an appointment or learn more.
A wide range of therapies are available at Carroll Hospital to complement and enhance your breast cancer treatment program. Our massage providers are certified in cancer and mastectomy massage to help ease anxiety, manage pain and improve your well-being. Acupuncture, reflexology and reiki services also are available.
Whether you’re a breast cancer survivor or newly diagnosed, you are not alone. Carroll Hospital’s Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Tevis Center for Wellness. This supportive community offers an informed, sensitive and caring forum for open and frank discussion of breast cancer issues. In addition, the American Cancer Society’s free Look Good Feel Better program is offered monthly to help people cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments. Call 410-871-7000 or visit Carroll Hospital’s support groups page for a complete list of programs and support groups.
The Resource Center Library
Through Carroll Hospital’s Resource Center Library, located in the Tevis Center for Wellness, you’ll have access to a large variety of books and CDs dealing with hundreds of health-related topics in addition to cancer. Visitors can borrow library materials for up to 10 days with a hospital library card.
Clinical Services for Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Care
Diagnostic Mammograms through Advanced Radiology
In most cases, abnormal mammograms are not indicative of cancer. After receiving an abnormal mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram is usually scheduled. The Center for Breast Health and its affiliate, Advanced Radiology, understand the stress associated with finding out you need to follow up on your screening mammogram. That’s why we make it easy to schedule your diagnostic mammogram. This safe and quick procedure, performed by a trained breast imaging specialist and reviewed by board-certified physicians, is designed to investigate any abnormalities seen on a mammogram.
Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsies
While a high percentage of breast lesions identified on mammograms are benign, tissue samples are often needed to be certain. You can find comfort in knowing that the latest minimally invasive breast biopsy procedures are offered at Advanced Radiology. Performed by specially trained radiologists and surgeons, a full range of biopsy options are available, from surgical biopsies to stereotactic and ultrasound-guided procedures. Most are conducted within an hour or two in a private setting and require only a local anesthetic, allowing you to return to your daily routine with only a slight tenderness in the breast area.
Seed localization, a new, more patient-friendly approach for locating and treating breast cancers, is now available. Launched in partnership with Advanced Radiology, seed localization starts with a radiologist injecting a sealed radioactive seed—smaller than a grain of rice—into the patient’s breast to mark the exact location of the cancer. Once it’s time for surgery, a breast surgeon uses a handheld radiation detection device to locate the seed and precisely navigate to the location of the cancer. Both the cancer and the seed are then surgically removed. The seed’s radiation is completely safe, about the equivalent to an X-ray.
Patients can have the seed placed up to five days before their surgery, then carry on with their normal activities with no pain or restrictions. Seed localization gives surgeons the freedom to approach the surgery in any way necessary, which often means they can take routes that are shorter, safer and more cosmetically pleasing.
Sentinel Node Biopsy
This highly accurate, safe procedure was developed to avoid extensive removal of the lymph nodes. Surgeons specially trained in this technique identify only the sentinel nodes–the first one or two lymph nodes to which cancer cells can migrate–using a special dye. By removal and microscopic analysis of the sentinel nodes, your surgeon can determine if cancer has spread to the surrounding lymph nodes. Many early breast cancer patients test negative in sentinel node biopsy, decreasing the need for further surgery.
Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation
The William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center offers five-day targeted radiation treatments, sometimes referred to as “MammoSite” or “SAVI,” which deliver radiation directly to the tumor site. This procedure is not for everyone; please talk to your physician about treatment options.
Comprehensive Cancer Care
Comprehensive breast cancer services offered include lumpectomy, chemotherapy, pain management and other treatments. Radiation therapy and the latest clinical trials are also available at William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center on the Carroll Hospital campus.
Frequently Called Numbers:
|The Center for Breast Health
|Gather & Connect/ Breast Cancer Support Group
|William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center
|Complementary Health Services
|Diagnostic Imaging/Advanced Radiology
|Education and Support Programs
|Lymphedema Therapy (in partnership with Pivot Physical Therapy)