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Expert treatment from our team of dedicated breast cancer specialists.

Make the best decisions about your breast care with unmatched expertise close to home.

We know having a multidisciplinary team of breast cancer experts makes for better outcomes. Our dedicated breast specialists provide compassionate and comprehensive treatment for both women and men. We are experts in a wide range of conditions, including breast cancer, benign breast diseases, and non-cancerous breast tumors.

We offer second-opinion appointments via video or in-person within 48 hours, so you won’t have to wait to get peace of mind and comprehensive answers.

Featuring advanced technology, including the latest in imaging, surgery, genetic counseling, and more—we’re your local destination for world-class care. We are also proud to offer state-of-the-art infusion centers, surgical suites, and women's imaging suites, where we perform both traditional mammograms and 3-D mammography. If you are 40 and older, or have a history of breast cancer, you should schedule a mammogram. If imaging detects an abnormality, or you discover a lump on your breast, the next step is a consultation with one of our breast surgeons, often followed by a breast biopsy. Biopsies allow our team to look at tumor cells under a microscope to determine if you have cancer and identify the cancer type. Click here to learn more.

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Our world-class medical and surgical oncologists have the experience and technology to accurately diagnose and treat cancer.

An accurate diagnosis is essential to receiving the most effective treatment that gets rid of your cancer for good. We offer second-opinion appointments via video or in-person within 48 hours, so you won’t have to wait to get peace of mind and comprehensive answers. A second opinion for your cancer diagnosis could save your life.

A second opinion can confirm your initial diagnosis and assure you that you’re receiving the most up-to-date information about your cancer type and stage. In other cases, a second opinion can reveal additional treatment options that may not be available elsewhere.

It’s never too late for a second opinion.

We’ll be with you every step of the way.

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Breast health is about more than treating the body. It’s caring for the whole self. Our team will guide you through your treatment journey, explaining all your options and listening to what you have to say. You'll have access to the most up-to-date resources and technology, including cutting-edge genetic testing and clinical trials.

Meet our physicians

Our team is passionate about bringing patients the personalized care and innovative treatments that MedStar Health is known for. We consider our patients part of our family and will stand by your side in the fight against breast cancer.

  • Breast surgeons

    Daria Abolghasemi, DO
    Breast Surgery

    Maen Farha, MD
    Breast Surgery

    Atsuko Okabe, MD
    Breast Surgery

  • Breast reconstructive surgeons

    Gabriel Alfonso Del Corral, MD
    Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

    Rex Wei-Yang Hung, MD
    Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

    David Zach Martin, MD
    Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

  • Medical oncologists

    Mounika Gangireddy, MD
    Medical Oncology

    Shweta Kurian, MD
    Medical Oncology

    Mahsa Mohebtash, MD
    Medical Oncology

  • Radiation oncologists

    Katherine Chen, MD
    Radiation Oncologist

    Paul Fowler, MD
    Radiation oncology

    Kelly E. Orwat, MD
    Radiation oncology

    Stephen Ronson, MD
    Radiation Oncology

  • Genetic counselor

    Emily Kuchinsky, CGC
    Genetic counselor

Every patient receives a nurse navigator.

Facing a breast cancer diagnosis can be an emotional and confusing time. To guide you through the process, you will be assigned a nurse navigator who will help you understand your options, manage appointments, and access support services. They will be your advocate and remain by your side throughout treatment and into survivorship.

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Exceptional care, every time.

  • Convenient appointments

    Offering breast centers at four locations, including MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus, we bring you world-class care close to home. If you’re in need of a second opinion, our team will work with you to ensure you are seen within 48 hours.

  • A range of cancer treatment options

    Whether your treatment plan includes surgery, radiation therapy, clinical trials, or other support services, you can be sure everything you need is offered within the MedStar Health network. And those options are expanding, with new therapies and research continually rolling out across the organization. Our partnership with MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute offers additional access to advanced technologies and emerging treatments, some of which you can’t find anywhere else in the region. Learn more about our treatment options.

  • Comprehensive team approach

    When you come to MedStar Health, a team of breast specialists will work together to create a personalized treatment plan just for you. Through our streamlined process, you’ll meet with the breast surgeon, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist all at the same time, eliminating multiple appointments and fostering a beneficial collaboration. Studies show those who receive this type of multidisciplinary care during their breast cancer diagnosis and treatment have better survival rates than those who do not have this advantage. It can also help reduce the cost of treatment, while increasing your quality of life, mental health, and overall well-being.

    Our experienced team of multidisciplinary specialists includes:

    • Breast surgeons
    • Radiologists
    • Medical oncologists
    • Radiation oncologists
    • Pathologists
    • Breast reconstruction surgeons
    • Nurse practitioners who support treatment and survivorship
    • Genetic counselors
    • Clinical trial specialists
    • Social workers
  • Leaders in breast reconstruction

    MedStar Health is a nationally recognized leader in breast reconstruction. Our breast surgeons have years of experience working exclusively in breast procedures and have developed their own surgical techniques to help patients recover faster and have better results.

  • An expansive offering of breast health services

    From prevention to treatment and beyond, MedStar Health brings you a full range of service options.

    • Disease prevention: breast self-exam training, risk assessment, genetic testing
    • Routine evaluation: preventative care through annual well woman exams
    • Breast imaging: screening, diagnostic, and digital mammography, with breast radiologists to interpret the images
    • Diagnostic evaluation: needle localization, open surgical biopsy, frozen section pathology, stereotactic biopsy, sentinel node biopsy
    • Comprehensive treatment: therapies for benign breast disease and breast pain, fine needle aspiration, lumpectomy, partial or total mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy
    • Plastic surgery: reconstructive, breast conserving surgery procedures 

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Personalized prevention through our High-Risk Assessment and Cancer Prevention Clinic

Specifically designed for women who may be more likely to develop breast cancer, our High-Risk Assessment and Cancer Prevention Clinic is the only one of its kind in the region. You’ll receive information, resources, guidance, and genetic testing that can help you make more informed decisions on how to manage your health.

Our multidisciplinary team will work with you to develop a personalized risk-management plan. Depending on your case, this could include additional screening, breast cancer chemoprevention, or preventive surgeries, such as prophylactic mastectomy and prophylactic oophorectomy.

Are you at risk?

One in eight women will have breast cancer in her lifetime. Take our quick assessment to find out your risk.

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Tomorrow's treatments, today

Thanks to our partnership with Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, you will have access to innovative clinical trials and the latest breakthroughs in cancer treatment.

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Expert specialists

The breast health team at MedStar Health includes fellowship-trained surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, and clinical cancer geneticists who work together to provide you with a personalized treatment plan.

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Convenient care

We’re the region’s largest healthcare provider. Offering multiple locations across the region, you’re never far from one of our exceptional physicians.

All the treatments you need. All right here in your neighborhood.

  • Breast surgery

    Our team specializes in breast-conserving and nipple- and skin-sparing procedures. Utilizing surgical guidance systems, such as SAVI-Scout, we can more accurately pinpoint lesions, reducing surgery time and easing the process for you as a patient.

  • Breast chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy drugs are given to stop the growth of cancer cells in your breast, as well as kill any cancer cells that could have spread beyond the breast. We also offer chemoprevention for high-risk patients.

  • Breast radiation

    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. Procedures available include heart-sparing techniques and intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), a single-dose form of radiation that can be performed at the same time as a lumpectomy in early-stage patients. We are also proud to include the Halcyon guidance system among of our latest innovative tools. This technology allows us to deliver radiation more efficiently and with greater comfort.

  • Targeted therapies for breast cancer

    Also called immunotherapy or biological therapy, targeted therapy is among the latest advances against breast cancer. We start by identifying a breast cancer’s particular characteristics, then use drugs or other substances to trigger the body’s own immune response to interfere with the way cancer cells operate.

  • Breast endocrine (hormone) therapy

    About two out of every three breast cancers are fueled by the natural hormones in our bodies. We offer the latest options in hormone therapy, including estrogen blockers, to lower hormone levels or stop them from acting on breast cancer cells.

  • Breast reconstruction surgery

    If you need to undergo a mastectomy, you may elect to have breast reconstruction surgery. At MedStar Health, we offer the latest techniques, including some pioneered by our own surgeons. Our expert physicians can help you choose the right procedure for you.

  • Cardio-oncology

    Our cardio-oncology program was the first of its kind in the greater Baltimore-Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Some cancer treatments, including radiation therapy and chemotherapy, can worsen or even cause heart problems. Our specialized cardiologists work side-by-side with oncologists to develop a personalized treatment plan to prevent and minimize heart risks without interfering with cancer treatment.

Locations near you

We have four breast centers conveniently located close to home in Central Maryland.

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Nationally accredited and recognized

  • Full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
  • American College of Radiology accredited
  • Accreditation with Commendation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC)
  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center earned the Women’s Choice Awards for breast cancer services for the fifth year in a row

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should see a breast cancer specialist?

    It is important to schedule an appointment with a breast cancer specialist if any key warning signs of cancer are detected through the process of self-breast exam. These may include a painless lump, unexplained pain, redness, or hardening in the breast, swelling of the lymph nodes, changes in the nipple, or discharge from the nipple. Additionally, it is important that women over the age of 40 schedule a yearly screening mammogram, to assure the earliest possible detection of breast cancer. In the event that a woman’s mammogram shows an area of concern, in many cases the next step is to consult with a breast cancer specialist, who may order some additional testing and/or a biopsy, if deemed necessary. Lastly, many women choose to consult with a breast cancer specialist proactively if there is a history of breast cancer in their family. Genetics play a key role in determining a woman’s risk for breast cancer, so identifying a doctor who can stay on top of your health and assure you are getting the appropriate screenings, based on your age and family history, is important.

  • What are the stages of breast cancer?

    There are five stages of breast cancer.

    Stage 0 is the most common form of non-invasive breast cancer, and is also called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). At this stage, there is no evidence that cancerous cells are impacting normal, surrounding tissue.

    Stage I is a very early form of invasive breast cancer, typically contained to a small area. Stage IA indicates the presence of a tumor that is 20 millimeters or less in size, with no evidence of impact to the lymph nodes. Stage IB also indicates a tumor that is 20 millimeters or less in size, with a small cluster of cancerous cells in the lymph nodes.

    Stage II breast cancer is still contained in a small region of the breast, but indicates a larger tumor – normally ranging between 20 and 50 millimeters in size. Stage IIA is diagnosed when cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes and Stage IIB is diagnosed with cancerous cells are detected in the nearby lymph nodes.

    Stage III indicates that cancer has spread further into the breast, or that a tumor larger in size has been detected. There are three categories that can be diagnosed within Stage III breast cancer, determined by whether or not cancerous cells have been found in the lymph nodes near the breast, in the underarm area, and/or surrounding the collarbone, or has spread to or broken through the skin.

    Stage IV is the most advanced form of breast cancer, indicating that cancer has been detected in the lymph nodes as well as other organs of the body – commonly the liver, lungs, bones, or brain.

  • Who should get a second opinion for breast cancer?

    Whether or not to seek a second opinion for breast cancer – or any medical diagnosis – is a personal decision. Many patients do choose to schedule a consultation with a second doctor for these reasons: 

    • A second opinion is a way to confirm the nature of your disease and that that diagnosis you were initially given is correct.
    • Seeking a second opinion gives you an opportunity to explore various treatment options. The reality is that different doctors may approach treatment from various angles. Some may have the ability to offer clinical trials or other forms of researched-based medicine. Others may be able to offer a wide range of support services, to guide you through your treatment process in ways that go beyond physical care. It is important to understand what these options are so that you can make an informed and educated decision about which plan of care feels right, and will give you the best chance for survivorship.
    • The personal connection matters. It is important for breast cancer patients to choose a doctor that makes them comfortable and who is committed to the delivery of personalized care.
  • What if I found a lump on my breast?

    What is a breast lump?

    • A breast lump is a localized swelling or mass that can be felt in the breast tissue. It may vary in size, shape, and texture.

    Are all breast lumps cancerous?

    • No, not all breast lumps are cancerous. Many breast lumps are benign (non-cancerous) and can be caused by various factors such as hormonal changes, cysts, fibroadenomas, or infections.

    When should I be concerned about a breast lump?

    • It's important to consult a breast surgeon if you notice a new lump, any changes in an existing lump, or if you experience associated symptoms such as pain, nipple discharge, or changes in breast appearance.

    How are breast lumps diagnosed?

    • Diagnosis typically involves a combination of physical examination, imaging studies (mammogram, ultrasound, MRI), and, if necessary, a biopsy to determine if the lump is benign or cancerous.

    What is a breast biopsy?

    • A biopsy involves removing a small sample of tissue from the breast lump for examination under a microscope. This helps determine whether the lump is cancerous or benign.

    Can hormonal changes cause breast lumps?

    • Yes, hormonal changes, especially during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause, can lead to the development of breast lumps.

    How are benign breast lumps treated?

    • Treatment depends on the specific type of lump. Some may require no intervention, while others may be drained, excised, or monitored over time.

    What is the likelihood of a breast lump being cancerous?

    • The majority of breast lumps are non-cancerous. However, it's crucial to seek medical evaluation quickly for an accurate diagnosis.

    Can men get breast lumps?

    • Yes, though less common, men can develop breast lumps. Any unusual changes in the breast tissue should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.

    Remember, early detection and timely medical intervention are crucial for the best possible outcomes. If you discover a lump on your breast scheduled an appointment with one of our breast surgeons.

Additional resources

  • DocTalk: S2:E13: Getting a Breast Cancer Diagnosis…What’s Next

    S2:E13: Getting a Breast Cancer Diagnosis…What’s Next

    Maen Farha

    Every year 1 out of 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and 275,000 new cases are identified annually…among both women and men. So, what happens after you’ve been told you have breast cancer? It’s complicated and depends on the type and extent of the cancer as well as a variety of other factors. During this podcast, Dr. Maen Farha, medical director of the Breast Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, explores the various paths a patient’s breast cancer journey can take based on their specific diagnosis.

    Learn more about Dr. Farha here.

  • DocTalk: S2:E19: What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Screening

    S2:E19: What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Screening

    Daria Abolghasemi

    Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women…a fact attributed, in part, to advances in screenings. When found early, it is easier to treat successfully. That’s why mammograms, along with clinical breast exams and general breast awareness, are vital for the early detection of breast cancer.

    During this podcast, Dr. Daria Abolghasemi, a breast surgeon at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus, discusses breast cancer risk factors, the importance of regular screenings, and more.

    For interviews with Dr. Abolghasemi, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

    Learn more about Dr. Abolghasemi here.

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Facebook Live

    Breast Cancer Awareness Facebook Live

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    Join us while we embrace the power of PINK this October! Watch the LIVE replay as we shine a spotlight on breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection.

  • Livestream: Fighting Women's Cancers

    Livestream: Fighting Women's Cancers

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    In case you missed our recent livestream event, watch the replay here! WMAR-TV’s Jamie Costello hosted a panel of our cancer specialists to discuss risk factors, warning signs, and treatments for some of the most common types of cancer impacting women.

    Our panel included:

    • Dr. Mahsa Mohebtash, medical director of MedStar Health Community Oncology in Maryland
    • Dr. Katherine Chen, radiation oncologist Emily Kuchinsky, CGC, certified genetic counselor
    • Dr. Shweta Kurian, medical oncologist
    • Dr. Ali Mahdavi, gynecologic oncologist
    • Dr. Edward McCarron, surgical oncologist
    • Dr. Duane Monteith, thoracic surgeon
    • Dr. Atsuko Okabe, breast surgeon
    • Dr. Dana Sloan, interventional gastroenterologist

For referring physicians

If you are caring for a patient who requires treatment from MedStar Health, we encourage you to refer them to our practice. We value your partnership and are committed to ongoing collaboration with you to bring your patient the attention they need.

Our Patient Referral Liaison is available to assist with personalized coordination of care and expedited appointment scheduling. They can provide support with all aspects of service—from diagnosis to treatment to follow-up.

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