From prevention to treatment, the Breast Health and Imaging Center at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is here to care for patients with both cancerous and non-cancerous breast conditions. We have earned a national reputation, offering the most advanced treatments combined with compassion and sensitivity.
Women are leading longer, fuller, and healthier lives than ever before.
Our surgeons are trained in a number of surgical approaches—many of which they pioneered or refined—to offer patients the best possible outcome. These options include:
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy and Axillary Dissection to assess and treat breast cancer that has spread to lymph nodes in the armpit (called the axilla).
Breast-Conserving Lumpectomy (also called a partial mastectomy) to remove the tumor and some surrounding tissue rather than the entire breast.
Nipple- and Skin-Sparing Mastectomy to remove larger or multiple tumors while minimize the physical, emotional, and psychological impact.
Immediate Breast Reconstruction following surgery that restores a natural look and condenses two procedures into one.
Prophylactic Mastectomy is an elected, preventive procedure that removes the breast(s) of those with a significant family history of breast cancer, or those who carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations.
Hormone Therapy: We offer the latest options in hormone therapy to lower hormone levels or stop them from acting on breast cancer cells. Also called endocrine therapy, this approach is often used in conjunction with other treatments. We also are investigating new drugs in clinical trials to overcome resistance in certain cancers.
Chemotherapy: Unlike surgery, which targets a specific area of the body, chemotherapy is considered a systemic treatment because the medicine travels into the entire body to kill cancer cells. Depending on your situation, chemotherapy can be used for eliminating cancer, supporting other treatments, minimizing cancer, and palliative treatment.
Also called immunotherapy or biological therapy, targeted therapy starts with the identification of a breast cancer’s particular characteristics, then uses drugs or other substances to trigger the body’s own immune response to interfere with the way cancer cells operate.
Radiation therapy is painless and uses high-energy particles or rays (like a more intense X-ray) to kill cancerous cells. It is delivered by our radiation oncologists — specialists who form a key part of our team and have spent years in the field of breast health.
The MedStar Health Center for Integrative Medicine provides services intended to complement—but not replace—more conventional medical treatments. Our services include:
During a consultation, you and your counselor will explore all of the factors affecting your level of health and wellness, including: diet, exercise and movement, environment, sleep, stress, and social support.
- Dawn Johnson Leonard, MD, Clinic Director
Receive the best care available from board-certified surgeons—many of whom were fellowship trained and focused exclusively on the breast. You’ll have access to a state-of-the-art infusion suite which provides more than 4,000 treatments a year and a team of doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and social workers by your side every step of the way.
SmartCurve™ Mammography: An evolutionary technology that’s shaped like a woman’s breast and is clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram.
Intelligent2D: The new wave of genius mammography with clearer 2d Reconstructed images.
Specialized evaluation through mammography screening, ultrasounds, and more.
Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional, preferably every 3 years.
Starting at age 40, women should have a CBE by a health professional every year.
Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.
All women with a family history of breast cancer or a hereditary predisposition for the disease should receive annual screenings, such as those who carry a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.
Just because family members developed breast cancer doesn’t necessarily mean you face a hereditary risk—in fact, the majority of women in that situation do not. But you could carry a combination of low-risk, mutated genes, or a single high-risk mutation like BRCA1 or 2.
Radiation therapy or frequent X-rays during childhood or young adulthood can increase your risk.
Patients with abnormal cells detected by breast biopsy are at increased risk for developing breast cancer in the future.
The majority of women who develop breast cancer have no known risk factors, making screenings even more important.
Dedicated breast radiologists use the best breast cancer screening imaging tools available to make sure there are no abnormalities, including:
Ultrasound: An ultrasound bounces sound waves off parts of your body, then converts the echoes into an image. Your doctor may use ultrasound to look at abnormalities found during a physical exam or to provide additional detail after another imaging test.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): An MRI is an advanced high-resolution imaging technique performed using a dedicated breast coil.