Breast Health Center
Winthrop’s Breast Health Center provides unparalleled, comprehensive breast care guided by a deep sense of compassion and respect for the dignity of every patient.
Certified by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
State-of-the-art, fully digital screening mammography, diagnostic mammography and breast ultrasound, as well as other sophisticated diagnostic services, are coupled with the broad spectrum of advanced treatment options.
The Center’s experienced and highly skilled multidisciplinary team of Board Certified specialists includes physicians, pathologists, radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and world-class breast and plastic surgeons. They collaborate to offer risk assessment, diagnosis, evaluation and management of a wide range of malignant and benign breast conditions. A Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator helps patients and families move seamlessly through the often-complex diagnostic and treatment processes.
- Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS)
- Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (IDC)
- Infiltrating Lobular Carcinoma (ILC)
- Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)
- Medullary Carcinoma
- Mucinous Carcinoma (Colloid)
- Tubular Carcinoma
Diagnosis and Evaluation
Appointments for Imaging Services are available evenings and Saturdays. For information and to schedule an appointment, call (516) 663-2400.
- The Breast Imaging Team comprises Board Certified radiologists; ARRT Certified, New York State Licensed mammography technologists; ARDMS Certified ultrasound technologists; registered nurses; and an empathetic, seasoned clerical staff trained to understand and meet patients’ needs.
- Understanding how anxious patients can become, the Center’s imaging specialists often provide diagnostic results while they wait. Referring physicians are kept current about their patients’ conditions with timely reports.
- Advanced screening and all-digital diagnostic technology includes:
- GE Senographe DS Mammography System
- GE Senographe Essential Mammography System
- Two GE Logiq 9 Ultrasound Systems
- Hologic Prone Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
- MRI 3 Tesla
- Minimally invasive biopsy techniques, include:
- Stereotactic, MRI-guided and ultrasound-guided core biopsies
- Fine needle aspirations
- A relaxing waiting room and private changing areas designed to reduce anxiety, promote comfort and nurture patients’ well-being.
- Free on-site parking
- Conservative surgical techniques, including incisional or excisional biopsies, lumpectomy, sentinel lymph node biopsy and axillary dissection
- Modified radical mastectomy
- Reconstructive surgery, including the latest DIEP Flap microvascular procedures and oncoplastics
- Chemotherapy for early and advanced breast cancer
- Endocrine/hormonal therapy for early and advanced breast cancer
- External beam radiotherapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Electron beam radiotherapy with or without hyperthermia for recurrent and metastatic breast cancer
- Brachytherapy — interstitial implants of radioactive seeds (Mammosite)
- Combination therapies
- Treatment of metastatic disease
- Clinical trials for early and advanced breast cancer
Counseling and Support
Patients have access to comprehensive support services overseen by a licensed breast cancer social worker, who provides counseling and assistance to breast cancer patients and their families. Since evaluating treatment options and making wise decisions can be overwhelming, a personalized care coordinator is available to guide each patient through the process. Services include:
Appointments for consultations and treatment are available evenings and Saturdays. For information and to schedule an appointment, call (516) 663-3887.
- Treatment-option counseling
- Psychological counseling and emotional support for individuals and families
- Genetic counseling, including breast cancer risk assessment based upon family history, as well as cancer prevention strategies
- Contact with breast cancer survivor volunteers, who share insights and experience with recently diagnosed patients
- Rapid response to referring physicians
The Breast Angel Committee
Facing a breast cancer diagnosis often means hardships – both physical and financial. The Winthrop Breast Health Program created The Breast Angel Committee to address the unique economic and emotional needs of breast cancer patients.
The Breast Angel Committee is committed to raising funds through sales and donations, and committed to support the programs of the breast service areas, from diagnosis to recovery. A diagnosis of breast cancer can have a profound effect on the entire family, spouses and children undergo a variety of emotional responses for which they must find ways to cope. Daily routines are interrupted and often family members must take on new and challenging roles. Winthrop Breast Health Program created the Breast Angel Committee to help patients address the non- medical issues of breast cancer and deliver comprehensive care.