The Breast Center at MCMC

Comprehensive Breast Health Care in the Columbia River Gorge

Mid-Columbia Medical Center's unique and effective breast center was the first in Oregon and the only one in The Gorge, since 2009, to earn national accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Accreditation from this program ensures patients will have access to comprehensive breast care treatment, facilities, and services. Our various integrated therapy programs are made even more effective by our facilities. Our state-of-the-art facilities includes three pools, various fitness gyms, and cutting-edge rehabilitation technology.

We provide access to 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) and stereotactic breast biopsies along with intensity-modulated radiation therapy and partial breast radiation utilizing high-dose rate brachytherapy. These are all unique and effective ways to detect and treat breast cancer. Furthermore, we can help patients without insurance obtain free mammograms through the Breast Health for Strong Families Program.

Breast Health Education

Our Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator-Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN) of oncology services strives to educate patients about chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients learn about their treatment options and available resources. Our team approach to breast cancer care utilizes medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology. We work closely with one another to ensure newly diagnosed breast cancer patients meet with practitioners from each treatment team prior to the start of treatment. This allows the patients to ensure that the best choices, timing, and treatments are offered to them.

Here are several tips for breast cancer screening and detection:

  • If you are over the age of 40, get a digital mammogram annually.
  • Don't put off screening due to discomfort, it is important to detect breast cancer early.
  • Know if your family has a history of breast cancer as that could impact you.
  • Be aware of your normal breast tissue and changes in them, by visual and/or manual self breast exam.
  • Possible early symtoms include nipple tenderness or any changes in appearance of breasts or nipples.
  • Seek medical attention if a change in appearance or a suspicious lump is detected.

Schedule a Routine Checkup

Breast cancer, like many other cancers, is treatable if detected early enough. That is why it is important to be aware of the norm for your breasts, and get annual mammograms if you are over 40. The symptoms and effects of early breast cancer can be managed and eliminated, but they can become much more complicated if left unattended. Speak with your doctor about your risk factors and how often you should receive a breast cancer screening.