Breast Health Services
Thank you for taking a moment to consider your breast health. Here, you’ll find resources to learn more about everything from self-exams to mammography to treatment options. If at any point you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly by calling (760) 416-4700.
I’ve heard I need to keep a look out for breast cancer. Where should I start?
It’s true—women have a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer at some time in their lifetime. But there are millions of women still alive today with breast cancer, many whose breast cancer was detected early—in time for effective treatments. The first steps are easy:
- Schedule your yearly mammogram
- See your healthcare provider for a breast exam as part of your regular checkup
- Make sure you are doing regular self-exams
How do I schedule my mammogram?
Call us at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at (760) 416-4700, or visit our Contact Page.
How do I learn how to do a self exam?
You should do a self-exam once a month, ideally about 7 to 10 days after the start of your period. Knowing your own body is the best way to spot changes that could be cancer.
Click here for a guide on self-exams by the American Cancer Society.
What happens if I’m called in after my mammogram? Does this mean I have cancer?
No. About 10 percent of patients who had mammograms are asked to come back for a second look, but nearly all of those are benign. However, this does mean that more tests are needed to fully determine your health.
What if I’ve already been diagnosed somewhere else but want a second opinion?
Second opinions can be important, which is why we gladly welcome patients who seek a second medical opinion. Please click here to contact us to schedule a second opinion.
Why should I choose the Comprehensive Cancer Center? What makes you unique?
We believe that when doctors of every specialty work together under one roof, they can deliver coordinated, comprehensive results. Here at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, our doctors don’t just work in the same place—they work on the same cases, collaborating in a team environment. You don’t just get one doctor on your side—you get a team of specialists with decades of experience in cancer treatment. You also get to experience our patient-centered care; with everything from cancer specialists to supportive care services, such as yoga, tai chi, and massage therapy, it’s an environment designed to heal.
If you’d like to learn more, we’d love to give you a tour of our facilities. Just call (760) 416-4700.
Do you have the latest technologies?
Great care isn’t just about great doctors and great facilities, but great tools. Our advanced technologies include:
- Three Hologic Digital Mammography units
- Ultrasound Somo Vu by U Systems - a multi-slice ultrasound for advanced image processing.
- Breast MRI, CT and Dexa Bone Density testing
- SCOUT® Radar Localization System for breast-conserving surgery
What happens if I’m diagnosed?
If you’re diagnosed, we begin with a pre-treatment planning conference. Our doctors come together to determine treatment options. This is also a forum where women can seek consultation on their diagnosis and treatment through our Second Opinion Service.
What treatment options do you offer?
Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and supportive care services are among the treatment options offered. Patients can be seen for consultation or ongoing care. Our doctors also participate in national research trials and, where medically appropriate, may offer patients the opportunity to enroll in studies looking at promising new therapies.
We also offer SCOUT® wire-free radar localization used for breast-conserving surgeries. This system reduces discomfort while the patient waits for breast surgery, it also may improve cosmetic outcomes and conserve more breast tissue than the traditional wire-localization method.
I’m new to this. How can I get my bearings?
Most of us fear the unknown. That’s why we try to take the unknown out of cancer. Once a month, we hold a New Patient Orientation on the second Monday from 12-1:30 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to meet members of the treatment team and to ask questions.
Our Breast Center also offers emotional support through support groups for those who are newly diagnosed or who have more advanced breast cancer. Support is provided by a licensed clinical social worker.
Among our other ongoing support programs is the American Cancer Society's Look Good, Feel Better program, held the first Monday of every other month, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (except August). Trained cosmetologists help with appearance changes associated with some cancer treatments.
For more information about breast health services, please call the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Desert Regional Medical Center at (760) 416-4700.