The Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center supports patients every step of the way – from diagnosis through treatment. Breast-disorder patients have the opportunity to consult with the appropriate medical experts in surgery, medicine, and radiation oncology, as well as radiologists and nurses. Our highly-trained staff works closely with each patient to plan and execute the most effective course of treatment.
Because we consistently strive to meet and exceed accreditation standards, The Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center has proudly earned the NAPBC accreditation.
Breast Care Services
The Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center offers a wide variety of services within a comfortable and compassionate environment. Services include:
This exam uses low-dose x-rays to make a picture of breast tissue. The picture is called a mammogram.
The NAPBC Board supports the recommendations of our member organizations, the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology, and the Society for Breast Imaging. The American Cancer Society recommends annual screening mammography beginning at age 40 years and continuing as long as the woman is in reasonably good health and a candidate for treatment. The American College of Radiology and the Society for Breast Imaging jointly recommend that women begin annual mammography screening at age 40 years and continue until life expectancy is less than 5–7 years on the basis of age or comorbid conditions, or when abnormal results of screening would not be acted upon because of age or comorbid conditions.
Screening Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers, because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. The American College of Radiology (ACR) recommends screening mammography every year for women beginning at age 40. Research has shown that annual mammograms lead to early detection of breast cancers, when they are most curable and breast - conservation therapies are available.
Diagnostic Mammography is used to evaluate a patient with an abnormal clinical finding such as a breast lump(s) that have been found by the woman or her doctor. Diagnostic Mammography may also be done after an abnormal screening mammography in order to evaluate the areas of concern on the screening exam.
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3-D Mammography)
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography, takes many x-rays at different angels to create a three-dimensional image of the breast. Digital Breast Tomosynthesis has the potential to significantly increase the cancer detection rate of mammography screening in women with dense breasts.
At JFK Breast Institute, our Dense Breast Program identifies women with dense breast tissue, which can only be determined by mammograms. Specialized breast imaging can help find cancers in dense breast tissue that are otherwise difficult to find. Our Specialized Breast Imaging includes:
- Digital 3-D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)
- Automated Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS)
- Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Image Guided Biopsy
Along with our Dense Breast Program, we also use the newest and most complex tools to calculate your risk of breast cancer. Based on this score, supplemental screening/surveillance may be recommended.
What is Stereotactic (Mammographically Guided) Breast Biopsy?
Stereotactic breast biopsy uses mammography - a specific type of breast imaging that uses low-dose x-rays to help locate a breast lump or abnormality and remove a tissue sample for examination under a microscope. It's less invasive than surgical biopsy, leaves little to no scarring and can be an excellent way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses that are not visible on ultrasound.View an animated version of this procedure.
The Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center participates in the National Accreditation of Breast Centers (NAPBC) that is governed by the American College of Surgeons. This designation is obtained by undergoing a rigorous process of screening, site visits, and ongoing review. The centers are reviewed to ensure that they meet high standards for 17 KEY PROGRAM COMPONENTS of quality care for breast disease.
The Program elements are:
- interdisciplinary patient care conference
- data management
- patient navigator
- survivorship program
- needle biopsy
- surgical care
- radiation oncology consultation/treatment
- medical oncology consultation/treatment
- nursing and rehabilitation
- genetic evaluation and management
- education, support, and rehabilitation
- plastic surgery consultation/treatment
- outreach and education
- quality improvement
NAPBC accredited centers embrace the entire spectrum of breast care, providing women with access to a range of Board-certified specialists, including breast surgeons, breast radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, breast pathologists, plastic reconstructive surgeons, genetic counselors, and psychosocial support.
Our Breast Institute Team is comprised of the most highly-trained and experienced doctors and medical staff in the area. Medical Director, Dr. Beth-Ann Lesnikoski is a Harvard-trained surgeon and a renowned expert in breast oncology and breast surgery, including oncoplastic surgery. Our facility is home to Radiologists who are specialized in Mammography and breast-related studies, Rehabilitation Specialists, a Breast Imaging team and a Nurse Navigator.
When doing a breast self-exam (BSE), you feel for anything new or different. You will be able to feel a particularly lumpy portion of the breast. Sometimes cysts appear and disappear. Masses that come and go are generally not cancerous. Other than new lumps, look for nipple discharge (either clear or bloody), dimpling of the skin, thickening of the skin, redness of the skin, pain, new lumps, or a fullness feeling in the armpit.
There is a lack of evidence that breast self-exams can reduce your risk of death from breast cancer. The USPSTF does not recommend this self-screening, and the ACS views the exam as optional for women aged 20 and older. ACOG suggests that it is considered in high-risk women.
If you are unsure as to whether you should do a breast self-exam, talk to your doctor.
We’re always hosting a variety of research trials within JFK Medical Center’s Research Department. Check with your physician or contact the Research Department at (561) 548-1414 to find out when a trial that might be appropriate in conjunction with your treatment plan is scheduled.
Please expect to be in the center:
- Approx. 45 minutes for screening mammogram.
- Approx. 1-2 hours for a diagnostic exam (which may include ultrasound).
You will be asked to fill out a detailed patient history, including:
- Family history, previous mammograms or breast operations, skin abnormalities, hormonal usage and start and end (if applicable) of menstruation.
- Your scans will then be interpreted, and a report will be sent to your physician.
- Be sure to consult your physician concerning the results of your mammogram.
Preparing for Your Mammogram
To ensure that your mammogram results are accurate, we recommend:
- Avoid scheduling your mammogram procedure during the week before your menstrual period to avoid any breast swelling and tenderness.
- Bring original screenings of any mammograms you have had at other institutions in the last 5 years for the radiologist to compare with today's exam (results are delayed without prior screenings).
Day of Exam
- You may use an over the counter pain reliever (caffeine-free) 1 hour prior to your mammogram to lessen the discomfort.
- Wear a blouse or sweater, rather than a dress to make undressing easier. You will be given a gown to wear.
- Do not use deodorant, powder, perfume, creams or lotions on your underarms or breast area, because they leave a residue that may interfere with your mammogram results.
- The services of the radiologist will not appear on your hospital bill.
- The radiologist will send a separate bill.