Breast Care Program

Breast Care Program at St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Our program offers comprehensive breast imaging, diagnostic, and surgery services, provided by an interdisciplinary team of care, including surgeons, radiologists, medical radiation technologists, nurse navigators, advanced practice nurses, social workers, spiritual care, and more.

This consolidated program improves access, coordination of care, education and support for patients requiring breast care

All patients referred to the breast care program are seen in the unique, specially-designed Norton and Lucille Wolf Breast Care Centre, the main hub of St. Joseph’s Breast Care Program. 

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy, for patients undergoing treatment, are located at the London Regional Cancer Program of London Health Sciences Centre.

Routine breast screening at St. Joseph's

Finding cancer early is important. Breast screening and better treatments are helping to reduce deaths from cancer.  

Regular breast screening can find cancer when it is small, which means:

•    There is a better chance of treating the cancer successfully.
•    It is less likely to spread.
•    More treatment options may be available

St. Joseph’s Hospital is one of over 200 affiliate sites of the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP), funded by Cancer Care Ontario, providing routine screening mammography to women of all ages. 

Please note: The pandemic has caused unprecedented and unfortunate delays in access to routine breast screening at St. Joseph’s Hospital. We understand that your screening appointment is important and we are booking as many appointments as possible as we work through a backlog of patients.  The current wait for routine breast screening is more than 6 months.

Working with our regional partners, some sites have additional capacity and you may choose those locations for your routine breast screening. They include:

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
519-631-2030 ext. 2517

Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital
Central Booking: 1-866-269-8384

Stratford General Hospital
519-272-8210 ext. 2339  

If you are a woman over the age of 50

You can be referred by your family physician or you can schedule your own screening mammogram appointment through the OBSP program, at a location of your choice. 

If you are a woman under the age of 50

A referral from your family physician is required for routine breast screening.

If you are a woman between the ages of 30 and 69

If you fall into this age group and you think you may be at high risk for breast cancer, you should talk to your family doctor about a referral to the OBSP.

Referrals for high-risk patients are based on specific criteria, such as genetics and a family or medical history.

Learn more about breast screening.

Breast care research at St. Joseph's

Breast care research is a key focus at St. Joseph’s. Through partnerships and collaboration with Lawson Health Research Institute, Robarts Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre and The University of Western Ontario, members of the breast care team are committed to improving care and outcomes for breast care patients.

Depending on your diagnosis, you may have an opportunity to participate in important clinical studies.

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