Good Samaritan Hospital has its own freestanding breast care center, located in Los Gatos, CA. Our breast care center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. This recognizes our accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast MRI and breast ultrasound.

We are also proud to be accredited by the NAPBC. This accreditation challenges us to enhance the care we provide by addressing patient-centered needs and measuring the quality of the care we deliver to national standards.

NAPBC At Good Samaritan Hospital, you can turn to our award-winning breast care specialists to work closely with you through your screenings for, or fight with, breast cancer. Below, our director of our breast care center explains the best approach for protecting your breast health.

To schedule a mammogram, please call (855) 495-1753. Or if you would like to get in touch with our Cancer Center Referral and Health Information Line, call (855) 422-2472.

Breast cancer screening

We offer an array of services, including:

  • 2D and 3D digital mammography
  • Computer aided detection (CAD)
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy
  • US guided biopsy
  • Bone density
  • Breast MRI

It is important to understand that even if an abnormality is found, it does not automatically translate to a cancer diagnosis.

There are two types of mammograms. The first is a screening mammogram, this is used to screen women who do not have any changes, signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Screening mammograms are checked against your previous mammograms to check for any changes that may be seen but not felt. A diagnostic mammogram is used when a change has been seen on your screening mammogram or if there is a change found in a physical exam. You leave a diagnostic mammogram with a recommendation for what your follow-up should be. 

A 3D mammogram is more effective in screening for breast cancer. It allows the radiologist to see through overlapping tissues due to the image slicing technique. 3D mammography is especially useful in screening for women with dense breast tissue. 

A breast ultrasound is an alternate option, from a mammogram, to image the breasts. An ultrasound utilizes sonographic waves and is normally performed in conjunction with a mammogram when there is an abnormal finding. 

A breast biopsy may be performed when there is a finding on your ultrasound or mammogram. A finding may include calcifications, increased density or a lump. 

CAD is a computer-based process designed to analyze mammographic images for suspicious areas; in effect, it is a “second pair of eyes” for the radiologist. 

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How to prepare for a mammogram

Here are some tips for a more comfortable mammogram experience:

  • It is best to wear a two piece outfit
  • Do not wear any lotion, powder or deodorant around your breast
  • Schedule your mammogram seven to 10 days after your menstrual cycle onset when the breasts are less tender
  • If your  breasts are normally tender take an over the counter pain reliever 30 minutes prior to your exam

Typically, a referral from your physician is required for a mammogram. 

The wait time for results depends on whether you got a screening or a diagnostic mammogram. For a screening mammogram, it typically takes five to seven work days to receive the results. When you receive a diagnostic mammogram you typically are given the results on the same day of your mammogram. 

Starting at age 40, women should get mammograms annually. 

Yes, you can get a mammogram if you have implants. Implants can make visualization more difficult, so we do what we call implant displaced or push back view pictures. Additionally, we do a full view, which involves light compression of the implant. 

A mammogram can be uncomfortable, but the pain is generally tolerated very well. 

There are two types of mammograms. The first is a screening mammogram, this is used to screen women who do not have any changes, signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Screening mammograms are checked against your previous mammograms to check for any changes that may be seen but not felt. A diagnostic mammogram is used when a change has been seen on your screening mammogram or if there is a change found in a physical exam. You leave a diagnostic mammogram with a recommendation for what your follow-up should be. 

Breast cancer treatment

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer our team is here to help you navigate your treatment options in a compassionate way.

Nurse navigator

Our certified breast nurse navigator is a registered nurse who specializes in breast cancer. She understands the medical, practical and emotional needs of a cancer patient. She is there to help guide and support patients and their family through their cancer care journey from diagnosis to survivorship. Our nurse navigator can help you understand:

  • Your diagnosis
  • Your healthcare team
  • You surgery and cancer treatments
  • Procedures, tests and appointments you will have prior to surgery
  • Available resources and support groups
  • What to expect when you are in the hospital
  • What to expect when you get home from the hospital
  • Follow-up care and surveillance

Advanced hormone therapy

This is often used in addition to other treatments. Drugs can be prescribed to help limit the growth of cancers that are hormone receptor-positive.

Radiation

The use of targeted x-rays to destroy cancer cells. The purpose of radiation therapy is to kill off any cancer cells that may remain around the breast once surgery has been used to remove a tumor.

Partial breast irradiation

Also called partial breast brachytherapy, this type of radiation treatment involves 5-day targeted radiation therapy. This technique only treats the target site and reduces radiation exposure to the surrounding skin, normal breast, ribs, lungs and heart. The treatment can be performed in one week.

Lumpectomy

The surgical removal of the part of the breast that contains cancer. The shape of the breast may be preserved in this surgical procedure.

Mastectomy

A surgery to remove the cancerous tumor. In a partial mastectomy, only part of the breast will be removed. In a regular mastectomy, the entire breast is removed.

Breast reconstruction

Following breast cancer surgery, breast reconstruction may be used to rebuild the breast mound to better match the size and shape of the other breast.

Location

The Good Samaritan Hospital Breast Care Center is located on our Mission Oaks Campus in Los Gatos, CA. Please see our exact location on the map below.

Map of The Breast Care Center

The Breast Care Center is located at:
15400 National Ave, Suite 200
Los Gatos, CA 95032

Hours of Service:
Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.