The best health care doesn't come from equipment or buildings; it comes from people. At the Breast Health Center, we combine advanced technology and a full array of treatment options with the most crucial element – specialized expertise and compassion. Every day it is our privilege to evaluate and treat women with the care and dignity they deserve. This is our mission and why we are the best choice for breast health services.
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Physicians use the mammogram to regularly screen healthy women for breast cancer.
Women with a higher risk of developing breast cancer may benefit from more intensive screening.
Most core biopsies are performed when a mammogram or ultrasound shows an abnormality in the breast.
Evaluating the lymph nodes is one of the most important indicators of metastatic disease.
Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery is an advanced approach to removing breast cancer.
Women & Infants Hospital is the first hospital in the region to use LOCalizer™.
Patients referred to the Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program are given a consultation with a cancer genetic counselor
Diagnoses are made earlier due to advanced screening mammography and our ability to detect cancer at earlier stages.
If breast cancer is diagnosed, other tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the breast or to other parts of the body, in a process called staging. The type and stage of breast cancer lets the doctor know what kind of treatment you need.
Mammogram screening recommendations vary from different government-sponsored groups and medical societies. We understand that this can become confusing when making personal decisions. At Women & Infants, we recommend the following screening strategy for average risk women:
Recommendations for screening with clinical breast exams also vary between different government-sponsored and medical societies. We believe there is a lack of data to define the benefits of such exams and, therefore, endorse the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommendation for clinical breast examination every one to three years for women aged 20 to 39, and annually thereafter.
For more information on breast cancer or an appointment at the Breast Health Center at Women & Infants, please call (401) 453-7540.
Angela DeRobertis, MD, graduated with honors from Georgetown University and received her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University. She completed her residency training at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she went on to teach as an assistant professor of radiation oncology.
David Edmonson, MD, FACS, earned his medical degree from Saint George's University School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at Albany Medical College. He also completed a fellowship in surgical oncology of the breast through The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University at Women & Infants.
Jennifer S. Gass, MD, FACS, is chief of surgery at Women & Infants Hospital, director of the breast fellowship at the Breast Health Center, as well as clinical assistant professor at Brown Medical School from 1993-present. She is board certified in both general surgery and critical care.
Erik Hoy, MD, is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic surgery of the breast and body, reconstructive breast surgery, autologous fat grafting and anatomic breast implants, as well as soft-tissue reconstruction after cancer resection.
Sonali Pandya, MD, is a breast surgeon. She earned her medical degree from Saint George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies, completed a general surgery residency at Albany Medical Center and a Society of Surgical Oncology Breast Disease Fellowship at Women & Infants.
Bachir J. Sakr, MD, joined the Program in Women's Oncology in 2007. Dr. Sakr received a degree in medicine from The Lebanese University in Lebanon, and completed his fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
William M. Sikov, MD, FACP, joined the staff of the Breast Health Center in July 2003 and became both a full-time faculty member and associate director for clinical research in the Program in Women’s Oncology in August 2014. His academic interests include clinical and translational research.
Ashley R. Stuckey, MD, is a gynecologic oncologist and breast surgeon in the Program in Women's Oncology and an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.