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Types of Breast Concerns We Treat

The BreastCare Center at BIDMC offers treatment for all types of breast problems and conditions, both benign and cancerous, as well as access to clinical trials and genetic testing.

Dr. Jordana Phillips explains a needle aspiration procedure to a patient.Benign Breast Conditions

Our BreastCare Center team treats all benign breast concerns, including:

  • Breast lumps and thickenings
  • Abnormal mammograms
  • Breast pain
  • Breast infections
  • Nipple discharge

Breast Cancer

patient consultWe work together with you, your family/caregiver and referring physician to provide initial diagnosis, treatment and second opinions if you have symptoms that may indicate breast cancer. Waiting to find out if you have breast cancer can be an extremely difficult time period — no matter how long it takes for your results to come back. You can count on us for:

  • Expert evaluation with world-class pathologists whose findings help guide treatment and radiologists skilled at interpreting breast image results.
  • Rapid access to our interdisciplinary team of breast specialists to communicate results, offer support and discuss next steps with patients as soon as possible.

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Access to Clinical Trials and Promising New Treatments

BIDMC is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), the largest cancer research consortium in the country. Therefore, our breast cancer patients may take part in clinical research studies and have access to the latest breast cancer care available anywhere. Speak with one of your BIDMC BreastCare Center specialists about current clinical trials, and if this approach may be right for you. Patients may choose whether to participate in a study, as participation is strictly voluntary and based on your medical provider’s recommendation.

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Family History and Genetic Testing

The Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program at BIDMC focuses on the hereditary risk of cancer, including breast and ovarian cancer. Our team of cancer-risk specialists at the BreastCare Center, including a genetic counselor, will review your detailed family history and discuss:

  • Your risk of inheriting cancer (or of having a recurrence in the future)
  • The risks and benefits of genetic testing
  • Which of your family members should consider genetic testing (based on your results)
  • How to reduce the chance of developing related cancers in the future
  • How to increase the chance of early detection
  • The clinical studies currently underway at BIDMC

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Breast Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment program »

Call 617-667-1905 to set up an appointment with a genetic counselor

Contact Information

BreastCare Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Shapiro Clinical Center, 5th floor 
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-667-2900
Fax: 617-667-9711

Ask Our Experts Your Questions

Do you have a general question about breast cancer or another breast-related issue? Submit your question to the experts here at BIDMC's BreastCare Center.
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