The Breast Health and Imaging team is part of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center's Comprehensive Breast Program. If you receive a cancer diagnosis, our team works with you to select a treatment plan that is right for you. We combine professional excellence and proven treatment methods with a commitment to individualized, compassionate, and patient-centered care.
Every patient seen in the Comprehensive Breast Program receives a complete evaluation, including:
- Review of prior imaging and biopsies
- Clinical exam and consultation
- Ordering of additional imaging or testing if required
- Comprehensive review of all treatment options
- Risk assessment
- Instructions and demonstration of proper self-examination
- Individualized follow-up to answer questions and guide you through any continuing care
Collaboration to provide you with seamless care
Coordinating your care—from clinical evaluation to imaging and diagnostic testing—helps avoid delays in diagnosis and treatment. From routine screening care, to treatment for benign breast disease and cancer, you benefit from the close collaboration between our providers.
We collaborate with the following specialty areas to provide you with seamless care:
- Medical oncology
- Radiation oncology
- Oncology Nurse Navigator
- Physical therapy
- Reconstructive surgery
Certain findings in the breast and/or a family history of various cancers may place you at a higher risk for breast cancer. Some lesions in your breast may require biopsy or surgery to provide more information to your surgeon.
We use a team-based approach alongside our radiologists to coordinate and closely monitor your breast health. We provide information about how to modify your lifestyle and reduce your risk for breast cancer. We work closely with the Familial Cancer Program to determine whether consultation with a genetics counselor would better identify your risk of breast cancer. Our Familial Risk Assessment Program can assess whether you are at risk for a gene alteration that can increase your lifetime risk for breast cancer. We also collaborate with our medical oncology colleagues at Norris Cotton Cancer Center to determine whether there is any benefit to taking medications that may help reduce your risk of breast cancer.