Expert Care for Benign and Cancerous Breast Conditions

The Joseph M. and Thelma Linsey BreastCare Center provides comprehensive diagnosis and care for benign and malignant breast disease. Your care will begin in a multidisciplinary clinic in which specialists from many disciplines will consult with you and with each other to provide clinical recommendations in a convenient, single session.

A nurse navigator will guide you through the day and through subsequent clinical activities, and will always welcome the opportunity to answer your questions. Your team may consist of radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, plastic surgeons, social workers and patient navigators, among others. Your health and comfort are our top priorities.

Benign Breast Conditions

Benign breast disease is very common. By definition, it is not cancerous, but certain types of benign breast disease are associated with a higher risk of breast cancer.

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

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

Breast Cancer

If an abnormality is seen on a mammogram, our breast imaging specialists will immediately follow up with additional imaging, including a breast biopsy if needed, to get tissue for further analysis.

Biopsies are performed by a radiologist; a breast pathologist then examines the tissue to determine whether the abnormality is breast cancer. Most breast biopsies turn out to be benign (not cancerous).

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 on all surgical biopsies.
  • Rapid access to our multidisciplinary team of breast specialists to communicate results, offer support and discuss next steps as soon as possible.

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, our specialists — including radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiation oncologists, patient navigators and social workers — will review your information and work together to provide you with the best possible outcome. Dedicated to your care, our team will thoughtfully recommend the treatment approach that best works for you.

First Boston Academic Medical Center to Earn Accreditation

NAPBC Gold Seal The BreastCare Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has achieved special accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). In addition to receiving accreditation, we earned a Commendation. This recognition was based on our perfect score, meeting or exceeding all 27 standards set by this prestigious medical group.

We are proud of our perfect score and believe our patients and their families benefit from the highest quality service delivered by some of the premiere breast specialists in the world.