Breast Care For Every Stage of Life
WellSpan provides a full array of programs and services to help women keep up with issues impacting their breast health.
Our skilled physicians and clinical staff offer screening services and educational programs, diagnostic services and comprehensive treatment services to help you be proactive about your breast health. Because we see such a high volume of patients for their breast care, we are very experienced and skilled at what we do. From screening and diagnosis through treatment and reconstruction, our team provides comprehensive care, so you don’t have to travel for expert treatment for your breast condition.
The expertise and experience of our physicians and staff create a very caring environment that comforts our patients and families in times of uncertainty. Because we handle all aspects of care, we work diligently to get to know our patients and their families.
At WellSpan, we are always investing in the latest technology and program coordination to continually improve our patients’ experiences and outcomes. All of our staff members have undergone advanced, specialty training and are accredited by their respective professional organizations. Many of WellSpan's breast imaging programs have been recognized as Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) by the American College of Radiology – the highest level of accreditation in the field of breast imaging.
By choosing WellSpan, you are choosing a system that covers all spectrums of life. Our close coordination with multiple departments ensures that you have access to all types of expert specialty care across our health system.
How We Can Help
Screening & Early Detection
WellSpan offers 3D mammography imaging, currently considered the “gold standard” of breast imaging which allows our diagnosticians to get the best possible look inside your breast tissue.
Contrast Enhanced Digital Mammography
WellSpan is among the only programs in the region to offer Contrast Enhanced Digital Mammography, which has a higher sensitivity and can detect cancers before a mass can be seen for women at elevated-risk who have both normal mammograms and screening ultrasounds.
Breast Cancer Risk Assessments
We offer our patients in-office risk assessments that are clinical and detailed. We also offer the option to take an online risk assessment that provides you with a detailed report about your risk factors, along with recommended next steps for connecting with a WellSpan provider. You don’t have to have a physician referral to be seen in our office for breast care services.
Breast Cancer Genetic Counseling
WellSpan has a team of top-notch genetic counselors who can work with you and your family members to assess risk for breast cancer. This service is available to those who have already had breast cancer, as well as individuals who are interested in assessing their risk factors.
Fast and Accurate Diagnosis
Ultrasound of the breast is often performed in conjunction with a mammogram but may be performed alone. An ultrasound allows the radiologist to determine whether a lump is a fluid-filled cyst or a solid tumor. It also allows them to determine the location and size of the lump.
MRI of the breast is a valuable tool for evaluating dense breasts for abnormalities that may not be visible on a mammogram. When woman cannot have an MRI for any reason, Contrast Enhanced Digital Mammography (CEDM) is an excellent alternative. Breast MRI is also used in treatment planning for patients with a diagnosis of cancer.
3D/2D Prone Biopsy
WellSpan was the first healthcare organization in Pennsylvania to provide the Affirm Prone Biopsy System. This new prone biopsy table provides diagnostic testing using the latest technology. The prone biopsy system is currently available at WellSpan York Hospital and WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital.
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A surgical biopsy, or excisional biopsy, is an outpatient procedure in which a sample of breast tissue is removed. The procedure is performed in the OR. Often a localization procedure is needed prior to excision to identify the area of breast tissue that is to be removed. Localization procedures include: needle (wire) localization or SAVI Scout (radar clip) localization.
We offer minimally invasive needle core biopsy of the breast under X-ray (stereotactic), ultrasound and MRI guidance. Using imaging guidance, the radiologist is able to sample breast tissue using vacuum assistance, without having a surgical procedure. We offer options for all patients, either sitting or lying on an exam table. The procedure is typically completed in under two hours and the patient is most often able to resume normal activities immediately.
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
Sentinel lymph node biopsy is performed, most often in conjunction with breast cancer surgery, by injection of radioisotope and blue dye (injections performed at the time of surgical procedure in the OR). The dye allows us to identify the sentinel lymph node.
Breast Care Navigators
When you become a WellSpan patient for breast care, you will be assigned to a breast care navigator to help guide you and your family throughout our entire treatment process and multidisciplinary care. Your navigator is your single WellSpan touchpoint who helps to streamline and simplify your breast health care. Most of our navigators are nurses certified in oncology or have other related specialty certifications.
Surgical & Cancer Expertise
Expertly Trained Breast Surgeons, Oncologists and Staff
Our expert breast radiologists are specially trained to read mammograms and are led by our fellowship trained Chief of Women’s Imaging. Our breast surgeons are fellowship trained in complex general surgical oncology which includes specialized training in breast oncology.
Second Opinion Program
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer by a WellSpan breast care specialist but are unsure how you want to proceed with treatment, we coordinate a second opinion program with the breast cancer experts at Johns Hopkins Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center. If you choose to also be assessed by Johns Hopkins physicians, they will send us their formal report and discuss next steps with the WellSpan team. We are committed to doing everything in our power to make you feel comfortable with your diagnosis and treatment options.
Research and Benchmarking Initiatives
Our team is involved in various research projects to further the field of breast health. We also offer our patients the option to participate in research trials for access to the latest treatments, more quickly. WellSpan breast health specialists are involved with national benchmarking initiatives, which helps us understand and track where our program falls when compared with other breast care programs in our region and across the country.
Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards
When you choose WellSpan for your breast care, you can rest assured that you will be receiving world-class care from a multidisciplinary team. At our tumor boards, our specialists discuss each breast cancer case as a group, collaboratively making a diagnosis and developing treatment recommendations.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
When the breast cancer journey calls for a reconstructive procedure, we have expert plastic surgeons on-site who specialize in post-cancer breast reconstruction. These advanced, highly skilled WellSpan surgeons work with the rest of your breast care team to provide you seamless care.
WellSpan offers various support groups – including lymphedema support groups, breast cancer support groups, and survivorship support groups – to foster community among cancer patients and survivors.
Life After Cancer
- Survivorship Programs
- Post-treatment Recurrence Surveillance