Breast Care Center in Los Gatos, California
Good Samaritan Hospital's award-winning breast care specialists work closely with every patient throughout the screening process to help protect their breast health. They also offer follow-up, treatment and recovery care after a breast cancer diagnosis, to ensure you get the care you need and deserve.
To schedule a mammogram, please call our Centralized Scheduling Department at (855) 495-1753. To reach our Breast Care Center, please call (408) 358-8414.
Good Samaritan Hospital's Breast Care Center is an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and acknowledged by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers as an Accredited Breast Center.
When to start breast cancer screening
As part of a healthy women's care routine, we recommend women 20 to 39 years old conduct monthly breast self-exams and receive annual physical breast exams by a physician. Women who are 40 years old and older should perform monthly breast self-exams, get an annual physical exam by a physician and receive an annual mammogram.
Breast cancer screening services
We offer multiple types of breast imaging, so we can make sure you receive the specialized care you need. Most women are able to have clear imaging results with a screening mammogram. However, some women with dense breast tissue or certain risk factors may require additional forms of screening.
No matter what type of imaging you need, we are here for you at our dedicated location for breast health services: the Breast Care Center. It is located in Los Gatos, California, at Mission Oaks Medical Plaza, next to our Mission Oaks campus. Here, our screening options include:
- 2D screening mammogram
- 3D mammogram
- Computer-aided detection (CAD)
- Breast ultrasound, including handheld and automated techniques
A breast ultrasound may be used in combination with a mammogram when an abnormality is identified. Our radiologists also use CAD, a computer-based process that analyzes imaging results for suspicious areas.
If you are referred for breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), your imaging exam will take place at our main hospital.
Types of mammograms
There are two primary types of mammograms: screening and diagnostic.
A screening mammogram is performed when a woman has experienced no breast changes or signs of breast cancer. Screening mammograms are compared against previous mammograms to look for changes that may be visible on imaging but not physically felt.
A diagnostic mammogram is performed when a change is identified on a screening mammogram. It may also be recommended if a change in breast tissue is found during a physical exam.
3D mammography (tomosynthesis)
A 3D mammogram is one of the latest innovations in breast imaging and is more effective in screening for breast cancer. This imaging exam allows the radiologist to view the layers of breast tissue via an image-slicing technique. This means that doctors don't have to look through overlapping tissues, which makes abnormalities easier to identify. That's why 3D mammography has become especially useful as a screening tool for women with dense breast tissue.
Types of breast biopsy
If an abnormality, such as calcifications or a lump, is found on an imaging exam, you will be referred for further testing to confirm or deny a breast cancer diagnosis. This is most often done through conducting a biopsy, which is a procedure to remove a sample of breast tissue for analysis.
Our breast specialists perform stereotactic breast biopsies and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies at the Breast Care Center.
Preparing for a mammogram
Typically, a referral for a mammogram is required. Mammograms can be slightly uncomfortable, but we do our best to make you comfortable and move quickly through the process.
For a more comfortable mammogram experience, we also suggest following these guidelines:
- Do not wear lotion, powder or deodorant
- If your breasts are normally tender, take an over-the-counter pain reliever 30 minutes prior to your exam
- Schedule your mammogram for seven to 10 days after your menstrual cycle, this is when breasts are less tender
- Wear a two-piece outfit
Mammograms for women with breast implants
Women with breast implants are able to receive a mammogram. Implants may make visualization more difficult, so we use special techniques to ensure we obtain a clear view.
The wait time for mammogram results varies based on the type of mammogram performed. For patients who received a screening mammogram, results can be expected five to seven business days after your exam. Patients who undergo a diagnostic mammogram are usually given results on the same day as the imaging procedure.
Breast cancer care
If you receive a breast cancer diagnosis, our breast cancer nurse navigator is here to help you understand your treatment options. These team members support patients and families throughout their cancer care journey at our hospital.
Treatment will depend on the type and stage of your breast cancer. Our hospital offers treatments, including:
- Advanced hormone therapy
- Radiation therapy
Our surgeons also perform breast reconstructive surgery to help rebuild a natural-looking breast mound after surgical treatment.
Breast imaging release form
For patients who would like to share their breast imaging films and reports with another healthcare provider, please fill out the form below. By completing the form, patients authorize the release of imaging exams completed at the Breast Care Center to another healthcare provider. Once it is complete, please fax the form to (408) 358-8485.