Dr LeBlanc at the High Risk Breast Clinic

Dr LeBlanc is seeing women who are at higher-than-average risk of breast cancer to educate them about their risk of breast cancer based on their personal and family medical history. This is a service provided through the Mission Breast Program. The clinic, created through close collaboration with radiology, genetic counselors, and medical oncology will be […]

Breast Cancer

“How common is breast cancer?” Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. It is the second most common cause of death related to cancer after lung cancer. “When and how should I be screened for breast cancer?” All women over the age of 40 should have a mammogram every year. […]

Ductal Carcinoma in Situ

“What is Ducal Carcinoma in Situ?” Ductal carcinoma in situ, also know as DCIS or intraductal carcinoma, is a breast cancer that has been found before it has spread outside of the breast duct. This is in contrast to invasive breast cancer which is no longer confined to the milk duct and has spread to […]

Abnormal Mammogram

Being told that you have an abnormal mammogram is a frightening experience. It is important to reduce this stress by diagnosing &, if necessary, treating the problem as quickly and accurately as possible. Often, more specific studies such as compression views or an ultrasound will be recommended. If the abnormality is still present and is […]

Treatment of Breast Cancer

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“What are my surgical treatment options if my breast cancer is found early?” For any woman with a new diagnosis of breast cancer curing the cancer is our primary goal. For most women, surgery is the first step in treatment. Surgery is the most effective treatment that we have for breast cancer. It gives us […]

Breast Ultrasound

Ultrasound of the breast is a valuable tool in the management of breast problems. The primary benefit of breast ultrasound is to determine if a mass seen on mammogram or felt on exam is cystic or solid. If a lesion is confirmed to be a simple cyst it is benign and if asymptomatic can be […]

Digital Mammography

Digital mammography is performed in exactly the same way as screen film mammography. Instead of using film, however, the images are captured by technology similar to that used for digital cameras which convert the image to an electrical signal. The image is then stored electronically which allows for easier storage & transmission of images & […]

Sentinel Node Biopsy

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The status of the axillary lymph nodes has important prognostic significance in breast cancer.  In the past, the axillary lymph nodes were routinely removed.  This surgery is associated with significant morbidity including lymphedema and numbness and pain in the arm, shoulder, and axilla.  Sentinel lymph node biopsy is a new technique that decreases these complications […]