Breast Health Program

Convenient, Stress-Free Access, Comprehensive, State-of-the-art Care

To schedule a mammogram, please call Central Scheduling office: (973) 873-7787 or (877)-523-7787 (toll-free)
All major insurance plans are accepted.

Mountainside Medical Center's Breast Health Program provides the finest quality care in a pleasant, convenient setting that affords every patient personalized attention and support.

Comprehensive prevention, diagnostic and treatment services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of skilled physicians and staff from the Women's Health, Multi-Specialty and Cancer Centers, conveniently grouped together on the first and second floors of the Harries Pavilion.

Talented Physician Specialists & Staff

Our team includes:

  • Doctors board-certified in diagnostic radiology and fellowship trained in women's imaging
  • Doctors experienced in administering painless, non-invasive genetic tests and counseling for patients at risk
  • Board-certified medical, surgical and radiation oncology physicians including some with credentials in the subspecialty of breast surgery oncology
  • Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons to work with patients who choose breast reconstruction
  • Nurses and technicians who have completed specialized training and certifications in mammography, oncology services and other relevant disciplines

 

Dr. Michelle O'Shea
Breast Surgeon
Dr. Madelyn Danoff
Radiologist
Dr. Kalavathy Balakumar
Radiologist
Dr. Marianne Centanni
Radiologist

Important facts about breast health...

  • More than 50% of women will experience breast lumps
  • While every lump requires investigation, more than 80% are diagnosed as benign and noncancerous
  • About one in eight women will be impacted by breast cancer in her lifetime
  • Annual mammograms are recommended for women over 40 since most breast cancer occurs after that age

Early intervention makes a difference...

  • Sophisticated diagnostic tools can detect asymptomatic breast cancer in its earliest stages
  • The survival rate for patients with early stage breast cancer exceeds 90%.

State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Tools

We offer:

  • Digital mammography, ultrasound and breast MRI
  • Large-field mammography to better screen women with large or dense breasts
  • The most current, minimally invasive, image-guided alternatives to surgical biopsies when needed including stereotactic, ultrasound-guided and MRI-guided biopsies
  • Genetic testing and counseling for those who may be at risk due to family history

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Risk Reduction Program

If you have a family history of breast cancer or you’ve had an abnormal biopsy, you may be concerned about developing cancer. However, your risk may actually be lower than you think. In fact, the vast majority of women who fall into those categories are able to achieve greater clarity and peace of mind by seeking risk and genetic testing.

Simple, Painless Genetic Testing

An oral rinse or blood test is all that’s needed to conduct BRCA genetic testing. This test is important because:

  • BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are known as tumor suppressors and mutation of those genes has been linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
  • A woman's risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer is increased if she inherits a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. (Men with these mutations also have an increased breast cancer risk.)
  • If a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation is detected, there are several options available to help manage cancer risk and they will be clearly explained in one-on-one discussions. A personalized preventive and early intervention plan will be developed in consultation with our multidisciplinary team of experts

A Nationally Recognized Standard of Cancer Care

Whenever there is a breast cancer diagnosis, our Cancer Center provides an exceptional standard of care rarely found within a community hospital. Our goal is to offer services that are convenient and accessible while setting an unmatched standard of excellence:

  • We are accredited by the American College of Radiologists; the Federal Drug Administration's Mammography Quality Standards Act; the American College of Surgeons for the Cancer Center; and the College of American Pathologists for laboratory services
  • The Mountainside Cancer Program is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer, a designation awarded to only about one-fourth of all hospitals that provide cancer care nationwide
  • A multidisciplinary team of specialists collaboratively evaluate every case referred to the Cancer Center and establish the best possible treatment plan.
  • A specially trained nurse, known as a Patient Navigator, is assigned to work with patient and their loved ones from diagnosis through the completion of treatment to minimize stress and ensure that all needs are met.
  • Access to emerging treatments and clinical trials is provided, when appropriate, via a special partnership with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Advanced Surgical Techniques

Our surgical team is skilled at performing the most effective procedures for the treatment of benign and malignant breast conditions, including:

  • Ultrasound and stereotactic breastbiopsy
  • Lumpectomy and other breast conservation therapies
  • Advanced onco-plastic procedures and nipple sparing mastectomies
  • Immediate reconstructive plastic surgery following mastectomy

For more information, please call 973-429-6120