Call 978-937-6023 to schedule your mammogram
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for women, but over the past 20 years improvements in diagnosis, evaluation and treatment have improved cancer control. Breast cancer forms in the cells of the breast, most often in the ducts carrying milk to the nipple or the glands, called lobules, that produce milk. In more rare cases, the cancer can begin in other parts of breast tissue. A noninvasive breast tumor called DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) is often treated similar to breast cancer. Learn more about the different types and stages of breast cancer here.
Screening and Treatment
With the support of a personal Breast Health Navigator, we walk you through every step of your care, from breast health screening to diagnosis to treatment. Breast imaging navigators guide you through the process of mammograms and other imaging with our breast radiologists. If cancer is found, a breast health navigator will assemble your team of medical experts for a multidisciplinary Breast Conference, where the group will meet with you to help define your diagnosis, review your options and provide a clear, direct path to coordinated care for your breast cancer.
Through close partnerships with Boston-based hospitals and the National Cancer Institute, we are able to offer cancer clinical trials designed to identify safer and more effective approaches to prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of your cancer. Learn more about the current clinical trials available here
Resources and Education
From a Breast Health Navigator to guide you through the process to social workers and support groups to support you along the way, the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital has several resources for you and your family, all close to home. Learn more about our resources to support your care here
Breast Health Patient Stories
With no breast cancer history in her family, Diane MacLean was "blindsided" when referred to the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Program at Lowell General Hospital following her annual mammogram.
Risk assessment program empowers women to prevent breast cancer
Diane from Dunstable
At a screening mammogram, a specialized computer is used to identify women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer and can benefit from the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Program.
Knowledge is Power when Managing Breast Cancer Risk
Miriam from Westford
Local woman is grateful her breast cancer was revealed at a very early and curable stage.
Risk Assessment Program Detects Breast Cancer
Anne-Marie from Lowell
A Breast Health Navigator walks patients through the entire process, from interpretation of test results to scheduling of tests and treatment.
Cutting-Edge Care Comes with Compassion
Joyce from Pepperell
The team approach from many different specialties – radiology, oncology, surgery, radiation, pathology, and more – gave Joellen great comfort.
Grandmother Benefits from Team Approach
Joellen from Lowell
Risk assessment program empowers women to prevent breast cancer Diane from Dunstable
Knowledge is Power when Managing Breast Cancer Risk Miriam from Westford
Risk Assessment Program Detects Breast Cancer Anne-Marie from Lowell
Cutting-Edge Care Comes with Compassion Joyce from Pepperell
Grandmother Benefits from Team Approach Joellen from Lowell
Guidance through a "Crazy Ride" Kelly from Billerica