Specialties

  • Breast Care

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    • First time patients of Littleton Adventist Hospital's Breast Center should bring copies of your most recent mammogram, as this allows our radiologists to compare for changes. We can assist you in requesting film from a previous medical office. Just give us a call.
    • If applicable, try to schedule your appointment toward the end of or following your menstrual cycle.
    • If you take hormones, schedule your appointment for a time when you are off your hormones.
    • Seek out a facility where films are read by a highly experienced radiologist. Having films read twice, either by two radiologists or by a radiologist and a computer aided program increases the accuracy of your reading. The Breast Center at Littleton Adventist Hospital offers both experienced board certified radiologists and a computer-aided second read program.


    **Women at an increased risk due to a strong family history of breast cancer should talk with their physician about early screening and about the frequency for their risk level.**

    Breast Center Hours:
    Monday-Friday
    7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Wednesdays
    7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    One Saturday of each month
    7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Call 303-738-2767, or make an appointment online.

     Schedule a Mammogram Today


    HealthStream Excellence Through Insight AwardAward-winning Mammography department

    The Mammography unit at Littleton Adventist Hospital has received the 2011 HealthStream® Excellence through Insight Award for overall satisfaction. Awards are given to departments that receive at least 100 completed patient surveys during the reporting period.

     

    Breast Exams

    • Breast Self-Examination - Women themselves find 90 percent of all lumps and while about 80 percent are benign (non-cancerous), BSE can lead to the discovery of cancer in the earliest, most treatable stages. Beginning at age 20, women should perform a monthly BSE. Learn more about Breast Self-Examinations.
    • Clinical Breast Examination - A complete clinical breast exam should be part of a yearly check-up by a gynecologist or health care provider. This is another way to check for lumps or other abnormalities. Be sure to tell you doctor if you have noticed any changes in your breasts. 

    Mammograms and Other Imaging Exams

    • Digital Mammograms - At age 40, women should begin scheduling yearly mammograms. Very small abnormalities in breast tissue can be identified on the images by a radiologist or a CAD system. Often, the lumps found during a mammogram are too small to be felt during a BSE. If something abnormal is flagged, another test will be performed to identify the image. Most of the time the findings are not cancer.
    • Breast Ultrasound - This technology can be used to examine an abnormality found during a regular mammogram. The breast ultrasound uses sound waves to image the breast tissue and can determine if further testing or a biopsy is needed.
    • Breast MRI - An MRI can provide more information on a suspicious lump or show the growth of existing cancer to determine the best type of treatment. Breast MRI is usually not a part of standard mammograms but can be very useful when additional imaging is needed.
    • Breast Biopsy - To determine if an abnormality is made up of cancerous or benign cells, a biopsy, or the removal of a small amount of tissue, is performed and sent to a pathologist for a full analysis. There are now minimally invasive ways to remove very small amounts tissue.


    **Women at an increased risk due to a strong family history of breast cancer should talk with their physician about early screening and about the frequency for their risk level.**

    Breast Center Hours:
    Monday-Friday
    7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Wednesdays
    7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    One Saturday of each month
    7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Call 303-738-2767, or make an appointment online.

     Schedule a Mammogram Today

    Advanced Results Without the Wait

    Because breast cancer is one of the most common cancer diagnoses for women in the United States, it's important that women in the South Denver metro area have access to the screenings they need.

    After undergoing a routine mammogram in May 2010, Sue Marcoux, 42, found a lump in her breast. Working within the mother of five's busy schedule, the staff at the Breast Center at Littleton Adventist Hospital performed additonal imaging as soon as possible so Marcoux would not have to wait for results.

    Marcoux's first mammogram in 2008 at the Breast Center showed nothing abnormal. Fortunately, an ultrasound revealed that the lump found in the 2010 mammogram was enlarged tissue and not cancerous. Now, Marcoux undergoes mammography screenings every six months to promote early detection if cancer should develop.

    "From a woman's perspective, the possibility of having cancer can cause immediate stress and worry," says Marcoux. "Littleton Hospital's ability to schedule my tests and deliver results in a timely manner allowed me to avoid unnecessary anxiety."

    What does NAPBC Accreditation Mean To You?

    Littleton Hospital was recently awarded NAPBC accreditation. This accreditation is the gold standard for breast care. NAPBC evaluates strengths across a wide spectrum of services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis, pretreatment, staging, cancer treatment, and rehabilitation. This commitment from the Littleton Hospital team provides women in the South Denver metro area with comprehensive breast care, close to home.

    There are several abnormalities found during breast exams that are non-cancerous or benign. It is important to report any type of change in your breasts to your doctor and have it checked to confirm that it is safe.

    • Microcalcifications: small clusters of calcium in milk ducts
    • Fibrocystic Breasts: various breast changes triggered by hormones
    • Fibroadenoma: a benign growth of breast cells and fibrous tissue
    • Simple Cysts: little pockets of fluid trapped in the breast
    • Lipoma: pocket of fat encased by a fibrous band
    • Intraductal Papilloma: wart-like growth in a milk duct, often near the nipple
    • Breast Pain: usually not associated with cancer
    • Nipple Discharge: can be normal but should be checked


    Breast Center Hours:

    Monday-Friday
    7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Wednesdays
    7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    One Saturday of each month
    7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    - Learn more

    Call 303-738-2767, or make an appointment online.

     Schedule a Mammogram Today

    Our Associates are the backbone of Littleton Adventist Hospital. Do you have something to say about our Mammography Team? Let us know by using form on our SHARE A Compliment page.

    Some notes from our patients:

    • Even when things were hectic Leslie was able to keep us on schedule for our procedures. She has always been good and gracious to our family. Thank you!
    • I have a long line of breast cancer in my family, so this experience causes emotion. Becky greeted me with a smile. Gayle did my screening, and it was like time with a friend. Thank you!
    • Joyce and Gayle were so professional and helpful. I am 92 and needed to sit for the pictures. They were efficient and quick. Thank you.
    • Leslie is just so nice! She is warm and gentle and puts you at ease! I could not have been happier!
    • Everyone is so nice! From registering me over the phone to getting me in on time. Just great!
    • Joyce was so kind & caring. My studies showed something further to look at & Joyce got me right back in & helped with a little bit of nerves & was a true jewel. It is no wonder Mammography is at the top of HealthStream surveys - it is because the staff & experience is so great! Thank you.
    • Karen & staff were so kind & professional. Warm robes, everything to make a patient comfortable. Great healing garden.
    • Joyce took adequate time walking me through each process and answering my 400 questions. I never felt rushed or like any of my questions were silly. I loved that I knew my diagnosis before I left. I will be back.
    • Gale and Karen helped me into a heated gown and then took me across the hall where it was no problem that I needed help standing and holding the pose. Then Gale pushed me back to the espresso bar for coffee and a treat while I waited an hour for my ride. They are the reason I will continue to come back yearly to Littleton for my mammograms.
    • Joyce made me comfortable, from explaining things to her careful positioning of me. She is always respectful & most knowledgeable, two reasons why I request her each year.
    • Gayle truly has compassion for the patients she touches. Thank you Gayle for your big heart and gentle ways.
    • I have been putting off having a mammogram for many reasons, but that fear is gone. Leslie walked me through my first one with professionalism, compassion & patience. Thank you for making a scary process bearable.
    • I was pleased with Joyce's warm, friendly and competent expertise. When I came back for a follow-up ultrasound, she was equally as wonderful to me.
    • Leslie was very gentle and kind. She went out of her way to get results before I left so I didn't have to wait for that phone call. It couldn't have been a better experience.
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