Mammograms & Breast Care
Like all our women’s health services at Houston Methodist, we emphasize a holistic approach to your breast health, helping you maintain your health throughout your lifetime. With one in eight women likely to develop breast cancer at some point in her life, breast health requires a proactive approach to cancer prevention and detection. In the event of a cancer diagnosis, it requires a wealth of support and resources, including advanced treatment.
Click on the topics below for more information:
- Detection and Diagnosis
- Breast Care Navigator
- Second Opinion
- Techniques and Technologies
Preventing Breast Cancer
Houston Methodist offers a full spectrum of educational and testing services designed to help women decrease their risk of developing breast cancer.
Detecting and Diagnosing Breast Cancer
Doctors and nurses at Houston Methodist work with our patients to help them develop a regular breast-health routine, including self-examination and, at a certain age, regular mammograms and other imaging tests. We offer a complete range of advanced detection and evaluation techniques, including minimally invasive biopsy of any areas of the breast that may be cancerous.
Digital mammography with computer-aided detection software, as well as a specialized staff and onsite laboratory, ensure rapid results. When irregularities are identified, the support staff and warm environment help to minimize anxiety while findings are confirmed and a wellness path is created. Outcomes for patients with breast cancer have never been better than they are today, with advances in the understanding, detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and other breast conditions.
In the event an abnormality is found in your mammogram or other screening test, Houston Methodist is the best place to be. Any further testing can be completed, freeing you from the stress of having to visit several different facilities. Our breast radiologists will supervise the diagnostic evaluation and perform biopsies if necessary.
Treating Breast Cancer
Our board-certified team of breast specialists includes breast radiologists, breast surgeons, oncologists, breast reconstructive surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and pathologists. If breast cancer is detected, our Breast Care Navigator will coordinate your care and schedule your appointments with the appropriate physicians, including breast surgeons, reconstructive surgeons, oncologists and radiation oncologists. Our breast care team will work closely with each other to ensure your continuity of care.
Our breast care team at Houston Methodist works with every patient to develop a customized plan of treatment. Depending on the circumstances of your case, that treatment plan might include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination. Your Houston Methodist oncologist will coordinate your treatment, working to reduce confusion, answer questions and make the process as simple as possible. We also offer advanced and personalized options for breast reconstruction.
The breast care team discusses each new case and creates personalized treatment plans. This service provides you with the comfort of knowing that you are being cared for by a team of specialized physicians who truly care.
Breast Care Navigator
Houston Methodist’s breast care team is one reason we can offer you seamless care, and the Breast Care Navigator is an important member of that team.
What does a Breast Care Navigator do? The simple answer is she or he will do whatever possible to reduce your stress and provide emotional support and guidance throughout your journey to survivorship — so you can focus on healing. In other words, your navigator will be your “care partner” throughout your treatment — holding your hand, providing words of encouragement, taking care of details and answering questions.
The navigator’s job is to help you in any of the following ways:
- Clarify and help you understand the continuum of care – This generally begins with discussions of your exam findings and your different procedure options.
- Assist you in making appropriate decisions – This is based on ensuring you are educated and fully understand each of your options.
- Support you so you feel empowered – You take charge of your healing through participation in support groups, such as support groups, CanCare, American Cancer Society and others.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer by another facility and are seeking a second opinion, we are here for you. When you request a second opinion at Houston Methodist, our Breast Care Navigator will schedule a consultation with a member of our Breast Care Team.
Techniques and Technologies
You can learn more about Houston Methodist diagnostic and risk-assessment services by clicking on the type of service:
- Digital mammography
- Diagnostic ultrasound
- Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Molecular breast Imaging
- 3-D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)
- Minimally invasive biopsy procedure
- Diagnostic and genetic testing
- Bone densitometry
You can find more information on how breast cancer is managed by the experts at Houston Methodist by clicking on the topics below:
Houston Methodist provides mammograms and breast care at the following convenient locations: