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The Cancer Center’s Avon Foundation Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center focuses exclusively on breast health and breast cancer detection. This program offers comprehensive, expert evaluation for:
Because of our exclusive focus on breast health, we offer an expertise available at only a few other centers nationwide. Our entire team, including pathologists, radiologists, surgeons and nurses, specializes exclusively in diagnosing and treating breast disorders, particularly breast cancer, with the latest, most accurate and least invasive techniques available.
The Avon Foundation Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center offers patients:
Staging is the process of determining the extent or location of any cancer. Quick and accurate diagnosis and staging of cancer are key to defining an appropriate treatment plan. Each patient seen at the Avon Foundation Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center receives a customized plan that incorporates diagnostic approaches most appropriate for their condition. This plan is developed and delivered by a team of experts who focus only on diagnosing and staging breast cancers, and who are skilled at evaluating the important features, such as molecular differences, of each patient’s tumor.
Many of our specialists are consulted from around the country and the world for their breast cancer pathology expertise. We use a full range of sophisticated imaging and surgical techniques to determine the location, stage and type of breast cancer. Among these procedures are:
Your diagnostic plan may include a surgical procedure to determine if a lump seen in an image is cancerous, and if so, how far the cancer has advanced. Among the procedures we use are:
Learn more about our Breast Surgery Program.
Breast cancer detection research is focused on identifying and characterizing novel genes that are central to both normal development and cancer; this effort is designed to uncover new ways to determine risk and treatment of breast cancer. Women at high risk are followed closely with the latest imaging technology and offered risk reducing medications or surgical procedures as appropriate. In addition, our experts are engaged in ongoing research to refine and improve diagnostic techniques and to better determine the impact of treatment earlier.
Each patient evaluated and treated here for breast concerns benefits from the hospital's wide network of specialists and treatment options. Individuals needing breast cancer treatment are cared for by a multi-disciplinary team of oncology experts at our Center for Breast Cancer. The radiologists and pathologists who diagnose and stage breast cancer are an integral part of this care team. Our team also includes experts from nursing, social work, medical genetics and physical therapy who may participate in care management decisions.
See our multidisciplinary team of breast cancer diagnostic experts.
Learn about treatment options for breast cancer here.
Many of the specialists and sub-specialists in our program are involved in research to improve the diagnosis and treatments for breast cancer. These studies include:
Search our open protocols for breast cancer.
Pioneered at Mass General Imaging, breast tomosynthesis provides a clear view through overlapping layers of breast tissue in order to improve breast-cancer detection while reducing callbacks.
Blind since birth, Lil had difficulty getting to medical appointments including annual mammograms. With help from a patient navigator, she learned to overcome the many challenges she faced with a breast cancer diagnosis.
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