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Breast Health

A Focus on Breast Health

accredited breast center

UF Health St. Johns is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. NAPBC accreditation challenges breast cancer centers to enhance the care they provide by addressing patient-centered needs and measuring the quality of the care they deliver against national standards.

UF Health St. Johns' Breast Health program offers some of the industry's most advanced early detection technology, including digital mammography, ultrasound and breast MRI. A comprehensive team of technologists, radiologists and pathologists work together to identify breast cancer at the earliest possible stage, including pre-cancerous activity.

Once a diagnosis is made, UF Health St. Johns provides a breast cancer nurse navigator who is dedicated to providing support, education, and coordination of services for individuals facing breast disease or breast cancer. Serving as a resource and advocate, the Nurse Navigator offers emotional support and helps patients make informed care decisions. The nurse navigator also provides education to family members and caregivers, ensuring a holistic approach to the patient's treatment and care. By offering guidance and assistance, the nurse navigator contributes to improved patient outcomes and well-being throughout the treatment process.

The UF Health St. Johns breast care program holds regular multidisciplinary breast cancer conferences where a panel of physicians and other members of the breast care team gather to discuss individual patient cases, including reviewing pathology and radiology images. This collaborative approach enables the development of a personalized treatment plan tailored to each patient's specific type of cancer, stage of the disease, and overall health, ensuring comprehensive care from diagnosis to with surgery technology

UF Health St. Johns' Breast Care program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to provide comprehensive care for patients. The program brings together medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, nurse navigators, and other disciplines whose focus is to optimize patient outcomes and provide a positive healing experience by offering advanced diagnosis and treatment options, along with the provision of support groups and wellness offerings.

Early Detection

UF Health Imaging offers 3-D digital mammography, which captures images of the breast using low doses of radiation.

digital Senographe

Our Hologic's Selenia Dimensions (3-D) Digital Mammography Tomosynthesis System offers the largest field of view available in mammography today, which means that virtually any woman - from petite to full-figured - can be scanned in a single exposure per view. During reading, the Radiologist is able to change the magnification, orientation, brightness, and contrast of these images.

Services offered by the mammography department include screening and digital mammograms, as well as needle localizations for breast biopsies.

Breast Cancer Patient Navigation

UF Health St. Johns' patient navigator program has been designed to help patients move through the process of breast cancer all the way through diagnosis, surgery, treatment and recovery. Your Navigator will answer any questions that might arise, discuss test results and recommended treatments, serve as your advisor and advocate, and help coordinate your personalized care plan. The importance of this role is best expressed through the words of a patient."Being away from home was particularly frightening, while also knowing the serious possibilities that could have occurred. UF Health St. Johns' navigator was informative, caring, and showed empathy to my situation. She listened to my fears and helped so much... "

Patient Testimonials