Breast Care Program - Services
Breast imaging services
Breast imaging is a key component of the assessment (diagnostic) services in St. Joseph's Breast Care Program. Known for its compassionate care and state-of-the-art technology, St. Joseph’s is a leader in breast imaging offering the full complement of diagnostic care for breast patients. We are the only hospital in the region offering MRI-guided breast biopsies.
Imaging services include:
- Mammography-guided (stereotactic) core biopsies
- Galactography, a medical diagnostic procedure for viewing the milk ducts used for investigating the pathology of nipple discharge
- Pre-operative localizations
- Ultrasound-guided biopsies
- Ultrasound breast imaging
- MRI breast imaging
- Scintimammography, nuclear medicine breast imaging
- A "second opinion service"
Breast surgery services
- Aspiration, a procedure in which a small amount of breast tissue or fluid is taken from the suspicious area and is checked for cancer cells.
- Breast biopsy
- Lumpectomy, surgery in which only the tumor and some surrounding tissue is remove
- Mastectomy, surgery to remove all breast tissue from a breast as a way to treat or prevent breast cancer.
- Breast reconstruction surgery to make the breast look and feel as natural as possible after all or part of it has been removed.
- Education and support
Please note: Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are performed at the London Regional Cancer Program of London Health Sciences Centre. Patients requiring chemo and radiation will be referred from St. Joseph’s to the cancer program.
For information on cancer treatment, supportive care complementary therapies, lodging for out-of-town patients and much more, visit the London Regional Cancer Program website.
Registering for MyChart Patient Portal
Adult patients with the Breast Care Program at St. Joseph’s Health Care London and the London Regional Cancer Program at London Health Sciences Centre can now register for MyChartTM patient portal.
MyChart is a single way for patients to access their health information, from all participating hospitals in Ontario. It’s a secure online service that gives patients, and their substitute decision makers, access to their medical records from various participating hospitals and home and community care services. MyChart can help patients be better informed and engaged in their own care. They have the option to track self-entered data such as height, weight and blood sugar, and track allergies, medications, immunizations and mood.
Patients can grant access to health-care providers, family or other caregivers through the portal to share this information.
Registration is voluntary.
Who can register
Adult patients with the Breast Care Program at St. Joseph's Health Care London and the London Regional Cancer Program at London Health Sciences Centre who have a valid Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) number can get information and register for MyChart when they check in for an appointment. Patients must provide an email address to the registration clerk and they’ll then be emailed a PIN to complete their registration at www.mychart.ca.
Type of information available to patients in MyChart
The following information from hospitals in southwestern Ontario will be available:
- Radiology and lab results
- Discharge summaries from hospital or clinic visit
- Care plans
More about MyChart
MyChart is owned and operated by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. The project involves the extension of Sunnybrook’s MyChart Personal Health Record (PHR) infrastructure, which will be integrated with the cSWO Clinical Connect platform. London hospitals, specifically the London Regional Cancer Program and Breast Care Program at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, are among the first to participate in this project.
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