The Breast Center at MCMC was the first in Oregon and the only one in The Gorge since 2009 to earn national accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Our comprehensive breast care services include:
- 3D mammography (tomosynthesis)
- Stereotactic breast biopsies
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy
- Partial breast radiation utilizing high-dose-rate brachytherapy
Our various integrated therapy programs are made even more effective by our state-of-the-art facilities that include three pools, several fitness gyms, and cutting-edge rehabilitation technology. We can help patients without insurance obtain free mammograms through the Breast Health for Strong Families Program.
Our Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator-Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN) of oncology services educates patients about treatment options such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and helps newly diagnosed breast cancer patients learn about available resources. Our team approach to breast cancer care includes specialists in medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology. We work closely to ensure newly diagnosed breast cancer patients meet with practitioners from each treatment team before starting treatment. This process ensures that our patients receive the best choices, timing, and treatments.
Breast cancer, like many other cancers, is treatable if detected early. Speak with your doctor about your risk factors and how often you should receive a breast cancer screening.
Here are several tips for breast cancer screening and detection:
- If you are over 40, get a digital mammogram annually.
- Don’t put off screening due to discomfort; it is essential to detect breast cancer early.
- Know if your family has a history of breast cancer, which could impact you.
- Be aware of how your normal breast tissue looks and feels and note changes by visual and manual self-breast exam.
- Possible early symptoms include nipple tenderness, nipple discharge, or any changes in the appearance of breasts or nipples.
- Seek medical attention if a change in appearance or a suspicious lump is detected.