Breast Cancer Care

Saint Joseph Hospital
2900 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60657

Early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer. The Center for Cancer Care is able to offer advanced digital mammography and diagnostic services, as well as superior breast cancer treatment. We also offer convenient appointments.

Breast Imaging and Diagnostic Services

Our Breast Imaging Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and includes 10 board-certified radiologists trained in full-field digital mammography - an advanced imaging technology noted for its ability to emphasize contrasts and identify abnormalities that may not be as visible on traditional film mammography. Full-field digital mammography also ensures:

  • Less exposure to radiation - The radiation dose can be reduced by up to 50% with digital mammography - and still detect breast cancer.
  • Reduced exam time - Digital spot view mammography allows faster and more accurate stereotactic biopsy. This results in shorter examination times and significantly improved patient comfort and convenience.
  • A built-in "second opinion" - Digital mammography is used in conjunction with a computer aided detection system - often referred to as a second opinion - that identifies potential concerns even before the radiologist views the results.

We also offer other advanced diagnostic services, including:

  • Breast Ultrasound - Also known as sonography, breast ultrasound is often used to assess abnormalities with reflected high-frequency sound waves that produce an image. This technique enables imaging from almost any angle and distinguishes between noncancerous cysts and other masses that may require further evaluation.
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy - Removes tissue samples from the breast using a hollow needle. The needle is guided by a computer-controlled system using visual coordinates taken from a mammogram. The examination requires only local anesthesia. In many instances, stereotactic breast biopsies avoid the need for surgery.
  • Breast MRI - Provides the ability to biopsy lesions not seen with conventional imaging. This technology provides accurate evaluation of the breast and is the most sensitive test for breast disease. It is also required for those with genetic predisposition for cancer.

Mammograms are Important -
Take Time to Choose the Best Facility

When it's time to schedule your routine mammogram, make sure to get key details about the hospital or health care facility performing the screening, including information about its physicians and technology.

Consider these 12 factors:

  1. Accreditation. The facility performing your mammogram should be accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This shows that the staff is certified and qualified and the equipment meets or exceeds safety guidelines and quality assurance. Saint Joseph Hospital is ACR accredited - meeting nationally accepted standards of care.
  2. Staff credentials. Radiologists should always be board-certified in radiology, and radiology technologists should be accredited by the ACR and certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). In addition, the physicians should have advanced training in reading digital mammography images. Saint Joseph has 10 board-certified radiologists with advanced training in interpreting full-field digital mammography. Our radiology technologists are accredited by the ACR and certified by the ARRT.
  3. Doctor is on staff at the hospital. To ensure fast, accurate reporting, it can be helpful to have a mammogram at the hospital or center where your primary physician or gynecologist works. We employ a full staff of primary physicians and gynecologists for you to choose from. And, we will mail screening results to the appropriate physician for women who have doctors who are not on our staff.
  4. Full-field digital mammography. This is the most up-to-date technology for breast cancer screening, but is not available everywhere. It can be particularly beneficial for women with dense or thick breasts, women under age 50, and pre- and peri-menopausal women. In addition, digital images are also stored electronically and less likely to get lost. Saint Joseph Hospital's Imaging Services Department - which includes digital mammography - is 100 percent digital. Plus, we have two state-of-the-art digital mammography units to deliver comprehensive services to the community.
  5. Computer-aided detection (CAD). Find out if the facility's digital mammography equipment has a CAD system. CAD software raises red flags by highlighting certain areas on the image that need attention, even before the radiologist views the image. The digital mammography equipment at Saint Joseph features CAD software, often referred to as a built-in "second opinion" that automatically identifies areas of interest on the image.
  6. Appointment convenience. Women shouldn't have to wait weeks or months to get an appointment for a routine or diagnostic mammogram. Find a center that accommodates your needs and the needs of the referring physician. Saint Joseph conveniently provides digital mammography screenings seven days a week - including weekend and evening hours. Appointments are available within 24 to 48 hours.
  7. Timely results. Not knowing the results of a screening can cause anxiety and fear. Choose a facility that provides screening results to the referring physician by the end of the day. You should also receive a copy of the written report in one to two weeks. If further action is recommended, you should contact your doctor to arrange for additional testing. Saint Joseph hospital provides results to patients' physicians (who are on staff) by the end of the day, and mails written reports to patients within one to two weeks.
  8. Same place each year. For routine mammograms, it's essential to be screened at the same facility each year, so the radiologist can compare images from prior screenings.
  9. Additional imaging services. If the mammogram shows an abnormality, you may need additional diagnostic testing - such as a breast ultrasound, image-guided biopsies or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Select a facility that offers these services. It's easier to have follow-up testing done in the same center - instead of visiting multiple locations and bringing along test results. Breast ultrasounds, image-guided biopsies and MRIs are available at Saint Joseph Hospital. In addition, the Picture Archiving and Communication System allows radiologists, technicians and referring physicians to view images on high-resolution computer monitors in their offices, homes, satellite facilities and hospital workstations. This means a quicker diagnosis and treatment for the patient.
  10. Full staff of specialists. Should cancer be detected, it's important that the hospital or center have a team of physicians - medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists - who can coordinate patient care from diagnosis to treatment. Saint Joseph Hospital's Center for Cancer Care offers patients state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment capabilities from a highly skilled staff of cancer specialists. The team includes cancer specialists, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, social workers and nutritionists who specialize in cancer care. And our Center received a three-year accreditation with commendation through 2009 from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
  11. Friendly staff, comfortable surroundings. Selecting a center where staff members are kind, understanding and helpful can make a big difference. In addition, the check-in, waiting and exam areas should be private and comfortable. Saint Joseph Hospital's renovated Imaging Services Department is designed for patient convenience, comfort and privacy - and includes views of Lake Michigan. Patients receive friendly and compassionate care from a respectful, courteous hospital staff, with minimal waiting times.
  12. Yearly reminders. It's convenient and helpful when the hospital sends you a reminder letter to let you know it's time for a mammogram. Saint Joseph mails yearly reminder letters to patients.

Convenient Appointment Times

Appointments are available every day, including evenings, and can be scheduled generally within 24-48 hours*. Call 773-665-3060 to make your appointment today.

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (appointments available twice a month, every other week): 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

At Saint Joseph Hospital, we understand how busy you are, and we value your time as well as your health. That's why we offer easy scheduling and a convenient location, right at 2900 North Lake Shore Drive, Third Floor. Click here for directions.

* Women with a written order from a physician can generally get in for an appointment within 24-48 hours from the time they call, depending on the day of the week. Saturday is our busiest day for appointments.

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