Convenience and Comfort in One Location
In the everyday juggling of family, work and community responsibilities, it can be difficult for a woman to find time to care for her own healthcare needs. That is why The Valley Hospital has planned and designed a Breast Center that offers all breast screening and diagnostic services in one convenient location at the hospital.
We offer flexible appointments, including some evening and Saturday hours, to make it easier to schedule a yearly mammogram. The center's soothing atmosphere was designed to make it more relaxing to use our services. Our multidisciplinary team of experienced physicians, technologists and support professionals coordinate all aspects of a woman's breast care.
A private entrance allows you to step right into the center. Once inside, you'll be greeted and registered by a staff member. A mammography technologist will then review your medical history. You'll then be accompanied to a private dressing room where you will change into a plush cotton robe. A female technologist will perform your mammogram. Several views of the breast will be taken.
While at the center, you can browse a resource library, watch an educational tape or log onto the Internet. We'll even offer you a cup of herbal tea!
We make it our priority to utilize the latest technologies and procedures, including bone densitometry, screenings for early detection and minimally invasive biopsy techniques. And we're always here for you as a source of information, education and support.
Our Team of Experts
When you come to the Breast Center you will be cared for by an experienced team of breast care professionals who are experts in their fields of specialty. Our multidisciplinary team includes:
- Board-certified radiologists
- Board-certified cytopathologists
- Board-certified surgeons with expertise in breast surgery
- Female mammography technologists who have undergone special training and have advanced certification in mammography from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART).
- Support staff who are sensitive to your special concerns
Our Diagnostic Services
The Valley Hospital Breast Center offers women of all ages the most advanced screening and diagnostic services available. These include:
- Low-dose mammography
- Stereotactic- and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration and core biopsy, utilizing the latest state-of-the-art equipment, the Mammotome.
Other services include sentinel lymph node biopsy, educational programs, preventive screenings and bone densitometry screenings.
Although there has been some discussion in recent years as to how often a woman should have a mammogram, the American Cancer Society and most medical associations now agree that a woman should have her first, or baseline, mammogram between ages 35 and 40. After age 40, a woman should have a mammogram and a clinical breast exam every year. She should also perform monthly breast self-examinations. Risk factors include a previous history of breast cancer, a mother or sister who had breast cancer or a precancerous breast condition. Follow-up recommendations may change for women with risk factors.
Women ages 20 to 39 with no risk factors for breast cancer should have a clinical breast exam performed every three years and should perform monthly self-examinations.
If you are at greater risk, your doctor will recommend a breast care schedule for you. You should see your doctor immediately if you experience any breast changes or one or more of the following warning signs: a lump or thickening in the breast or armpit; puckering, dimpling or other breast skin changes; a retracted nipple; or bleeding or discharge from the nipple.
You will need to have a written prescription from your doctor for a mammogram. Dress in a comfortable two-piece outfit because you will be asked to undress from the waist up. You will also be asked to remove any jewelry that might get in the way. Do not use deodorant, talcum powder, ointment, cream or lotion on your breasts or underarms.
Make a Date for Yourself
You or your physician’s office may call the Valley Hospital Breast Center at (201) 447-VHBC (8422) to set up a mammogram appointment. Please click here to request an appointment online. You should schedule your mammogram seven to 10 days after the onset of your period. Your breasts will be less tender, and you will be more comfortable.
The Valley Hospital is a member of Valley Health System and is affiliated with the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System.
The hospital is accredited with commendation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Its cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Mammography services are accredited by the American College of Radiology and the Food and Drug Administration. Valley Home Care and Valley Hospice are accredited by the JCAHO.
The Valley Hospital is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.