Breast cancer is diagnosed through a combination of physical examination, imaging procedures and laboratory examination of breast tissues. The Breast Cancer Program offers patients the most advanced imaging technologies and diagnostic capabilities available.
If your initial screening mammogram shows any areas of concern, you will be referred to determine if the areas are cancer. A call-back after your first mammogram isn't a cancer diagnosis, but you should take it seriously and schedule the recommended tests.
Diagnostic mammograms, ultrasound and other imaging technologies are key to the early detection and accurate diagnosis of breast abnormalities. Our highly experienced radiologists and radiologic technologists provide the full range of breast imaging procedures for breast cancer screening and treatment planning.
Laboratory analysis of breast tissue samples is required at many stages of the diagnosis and treatment process. The pathologists in the Breast Cancer Program devote their practice to evaluating breast abnormalities. They provide comprehensive breast pathology services that guide breast cancer surgery and help physicians plan the most effective post-surgical care.
Mammograms and the COVID-19 Vaccine – What You Should KnowSwelling of the lymph nodes is a known side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine. Although it is temporary and not harmful, these enlarged lymph nodes may be seen on your mammogram. Because swollen lymph nodes can indicate breast cancer, we may call you back for additional evaluation and possible follow-up imaging. To avoid this, please schedule your mammogram before your first COVID-19 vaccination or four weeks after your second-dose vaccination.
Virtual Visits Are Available
Safe and convenient virtual visits by video let you get the care you need via a mobile device, tablet or computer wherever you are. We’ll gather your medical records for you and get our experts’ input so we can offer treatment options without an in-person visit. To schedule a virtual visit, call 1-866-680-0505.
Cancer and the COVID-19 Vaccine
There is currently no data that suggests current or former cancer patients should avoid getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Cancer can weaken your immune system, so we recommend that most patients get the vaccine as soon as possible.