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Breast Care – Treatment & Services

Women who receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 can reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer by 71%. During mammography, our experienced technologists use a state-of-the-art digital breast imaging system to take pictures of each breast (from the top and from the side). Your breast is compressed, which prevents motion and spreads out overlapping structures of the breast, reducing the radiation dose required.

RESULTS RIGHT AWAY:

After your examination, one of our board certified, fellowship-trained breast radiologists reviews the images and provides results before you leave your appointment. Questionable findings can include a mass (nodule), suspicious calcium deposits, distortion of breast tissue, skin retraction or skin thickening. If further testing or evaluation is warranted, you may have additional testing completed during your visit, which could include ultrasound or breast MRI.

TOMOSYNTHESIS 3D MAMMOGRAPHY… Finding cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage.

York Hospital BreastCare is proud to offer Tomosynthesis 3D mammography, a technology which allows our Breast Radiologists to see breast tissue in ways never before possible. We are proud to offer this service at the same cost as a regular mammogram.

BREAST ULTRASOUND & ULTRASOUND GUIDED PROCEDURES

Breast ultrasound is a noninvasive procedure used to assess the breasts. Ultrasound technology allows quick visualization of the breast tissue. Ultrasound may also be used to assess blood flow to areas inside the breasts. The examination is often used along with mammography.

A breast ultrasound is commonly performed to determine if an abnormality detected by mammography or a palpable lump is a fluid-filled cyst or a solid tumor (benign or malignant). An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy may be done to evaluate abnormal findings on a mammogram or breast ultrasound and can be done in the same visit.

STEREOTACTIC BREAST BIOPSY

A Stereotactic breast biopsy is a minimally-invasive procedure to remove breast tissue from an area of abnormality. This procedure generally requires no stitches, and leaves virtually no scarring while enabling you to continue your normal activities soon after the procedure. If the area of concern is benign, no further treatment is necessary. If the finding is malignant, your doctor will share further options with you. Approximately 80% of abnormalities are benign and present no health risk.

Cancer Rehabilitation

Our rehab team consists of physical therapists who are trained in helping those affected by cancer and cancer treatments. We will be there to help you through all stages of your cancer journey and help you return to the life you deserve as a survivor of cancer.

Our team is there to ensure that you maintain your optimal level of function throughout your course of treatment:

Prior to surgery we will meet with you and your family to:

  • Perform an initial assessment of motion, discuss any preexisting concerns.
  • Demonstrate exercises that will be performed during the initial postoperative phase.
  • Answer questions or concerns.

Following surgery we will meet with you and your family to:

  • Assess motion, swelling, pain and level of function.
  • Review exercises and provide you with an educational booklet.
  • Discuss outpatient physical therapy services.

4 weeks after surgery we will meet with you and your family to:

  • Assess motion, swelling, pain and current level of function.
  • Assess need for further physical therapy services based on current status.
  • Instruct in progression of stretches and exercises to maximize function.
  • Provide education on risks of lymphedema.

Our team will continue to assess your needs before, during and following any chemotherapy or radiation that you may need. Individualized treatment and exercise programs will be designed to maximize motion, strength, balance as well as managing cancer related fatigue.

For more information, please call:
Physical Therapy at (207) 475-1160 in Kittery
Physical Therapy at (207) 361-3888 in York