We’re here to be your partner in breast health.
MemorialCare Breast Centers are among the most comprehensive breast cancer centers in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Our compassionate physicians and staff are solely dedicated to the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. MemorialCare Breast Centers are on the leading edge of breast care—equipped with state-of-the-art digital and 3D mammography.
Whether you’re visiting our MemorialCare Breast Centers for a routine mammogram or with needs that are more urgent, our goal is to help you maintain optimal breast health. Our multi-disciplinary team of expert physicians, surgeons, technologists and clinicians take a comprehensive, coordinated approach to treating breast cancer.
The COVID-19 vaccine, like other vaccinations, stimulates your immune system. This can cause a temporary enlargement of lymph nodes near where the person was vaccinated. Those lymph nodes can sometimes be seen by the radiologist reading your mammogram and make it appear to be abnormal even when you are OK and there is no indication of cancer. Since enlarged lymph nodes can result in a “false positive” on your mammogram, you could get a request to return for further testing — a call-back — which can be unsettling.
Therefore, mammograms should be scheduled before your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination or four to six weeks after the last dose. That way, there is time for your lymph nodes to return to their normal size. As with any testing recommended by your healthcare provider, women age 40 and above should not delay recommended mammographic screening.
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Medical director, breast surgery, MemorialCare Breast Center, Long Beach Medical Center. “Oncoplastic breast surgery combines removal of the cancer with plastic surgery techniques – the best combination of science and art.”- Dr. Rayhanabad.
“If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer or if you have some close family members who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may be a candidate for genetic counseling.”- Molly Lehman, genetic counselor, MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute, Long Beach Medical Center.
Breast Cancer Survivor and Director of Oncology Services at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center, urges women to get their mammograms.
“An important question to ask is – who is reading my mammogram? Look for fellowship-trained, sub-specialized breast radiologists.” – Dr. Samantha Kubaska, MD, Sub-specialized breast radiologist at the MemorialCare Breast Centers.
“We utilize something called Deep Inspiration Breath Hold to move her heart out of the way of the radiation beam when she takes a deep breath in.”- Linda Chan, MD, Medical Director, Radiation Oncology at Saddleback Medical Center and Long Beach Medical Center.
Medical Director of Breast Imaging at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center, discusses the benefits of 3-D Mammography.
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More than 200,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Breast cancer accounts for more than 30 percent of all cancers found in women.
Benign breast disease, also known as benign breast conditions, are noncancerous disorders that affect the breast.
Osteoporosis is a process that develops within the bones and makes them fragile and more likely to fracture. Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but it is common in older women. According to studies, 25 percent of men and 50 percent of women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
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Women of all ages are encouraged to perform monthly self-exams to feel for any changes or lumps in the breasts. Self-exams allow you to be very familiar with your breasts, making it easier to detect when there is a change.
Mammograms are one of the most important tools in the early detection of breast cancer. This low-dose X-ray can reveal both benign (non-cancerous) and cancerous growths when they are too small to be detected by you or your health care provider.
In addition to a mammogram screening, your Breast Center health care provider may recommend a breast ultrasound. A breast ultrasound utilizes high-frequency sound waves to create an internal image of your breast. This breast screening allows our specialized physicians to get a closer look at the chest walls and breast lumps
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Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) integrates a lumpectomy (the removal of a tumor from the breast) and radiation treatment into a single surgery. During IORT, a precise, concentrated radiation dose is delivered to the tumor immediately after it’s removed.
Chemicals called hormones are produced in glands in the reproductive system, in the ovaries for women and the testicles for men. Cancers most commonly treated with hormone therapy are breast and prostate cancer.
As part of the cancer care multi-disciplinary team, radiation oncologists coordinate every aspect of care, with surgeons and pathologists to help decide the best course of treatment for each patient.
Located throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County, MemorialCare-affiliated physicians are locally and nationally recognized in their area of expertise. We've made it easy to find a quality healthcare provider right in your own backyard.
MemorialCare is proud to provide the highest quality, comprehensive cancer care for adults and children of all ages. Our cancer centers are devoted to improving the lives of residents in Los Angeles County and Orange County, California and beyond.
At MemorialCare, it’s no stretch to say that we tailor our comprehensive healthcare to you. From education and prevention to diagnosis and treatment, we keep you healthy and care for you when you’re not.
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