Breast Health Centre

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At Rouge Valley Health System, our Breast Health Centres are here to provide the best quality care, with compassion. We want to make sure that getting the care you need, as simple and as easy as can be.


Facilities

We have two Breast Health Centres, one at each of our hospital campuses – Rouge Valley Centenary in Scarborough, and Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering in west Durham Region.

Our Centres are part of Rouge Valley’s state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging programs, as well as being fully integrated with our hospital’s comprehensive cancer care services. We are here to provide you with care throughout every step of your breast health journey

We offer a warm and welcoming environment, where you can feel at ease. Our health care team is friendly, caring and supportive, and we are respectful of every patient’s need for dignity, privacy and information.


What we offer

Canadian Association of Radiologists accreditation

We are voluntarily accredited by the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR). This ensures that our patients are receiving the highest quality of care, as outlines by this national body. CAR evaluates the qualifications of our staff; the performance of our equipment; image quality, as well as our quality control and quality assurance programs.

Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) affiliation

Our Breast Health Centres are both affiliated with the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP), an initiative led by Cancer Care Ontario. As an affiliate, we offer quick and easy bookings for mammograms. No physician referral is required for patients who are:

  • Between the ages of 50 and 74; or

  • Have been confirmed to be at high risk for breast cancer, and are between ages 30 to 69.

You can book your appointment yourself, or even walk in for a screening (if there is availability).

Digital mammography machines

We have advanced mammography machines that use digital direct radiography (DR), the most effective screening method for detecting breast cancer. This not only enables us to be more accurate, we also have faster turnaround times — so patients don’t have to wait as long to find out their results. Learn more about digital direct radiography at Rouge Valley.

OBSP system navigator

A OBSP system navigator is available to offer support and guidance, from screening to treatment. The system navigator provides education and counseling, while acting as a valuable link between the patient, system and other health care providers

Since the role was introduced at Rouge Valley in fall 2011, our system navigator has seen many patients. Here are two of those patients' stories:


Breast health services

Mammography

Rouge Valley provides a safe, low-dose X-ray procedure to detect abnormalities in the breast tissue, often before the patient can feel them. Our Breast Health Centres perform both screening and diagnostic mammograms.

If your mammogram results show an abnormality, you will be scheduled for an ultrasound or a recall mammogram to provide a more detailed view of the breast. If an abnormality is still seen after these diagnostic tests, our System Navigator will refer you to one of breast surgeons for a consultation and core biopsy.

Learn more about mammography at Rouge Valley.

Biopsy

Our radiologists can perform biopsies guided by mammography, ultrasound or MRI. These procedures can diagnose diseases of the breast, including breast cancer.

Genetic counselling

At Rouge Valley Centenary, our team of genetic counselors can determine if you are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer, based on family history and other factors. Genetic testing and breast MRI screening can be available for high-risk patients.

Breast surgery

If an abnormality is detected, our breast surgeons are here to guide you through the decision-making process for surgical treatment. At Rouge Valley, the breast and plastic surgeons work together to provide the best quality of cancer care, from a holistic perspective.

Chemotherapy

The oncology clinic at Rouge Valley Centenary offers the highest quality of medical cancer treatments, which could include chemotherapy. The team in our clinic includes: two medical oncologists; certified oncological nurses; a nurse practitioner; pharmacists; social workers; and volunteers. We offer a seamless experience as our multidisciplinary team is housed within the clinic.

Learn more about Rouge Valley's oncology clinic.

Radiation assessment

If required, we have radiation assessment clinics at both hospital campuses that operate in partnership with the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital and the Central East Regional Cancer Program. These clinics have onsite radiation oncologists who assess the patient’s need for radiation treatment.

Learn more about Rouge Valley radiation assessment clinics.

Support groups

At Rouge Valley, we also believe in ongoing support beyond treatment. This includes the Look Good, Feel Better program, which is dedicated to empowering women to manage the effects that cancer and its treatment can have on their appearance; and the Survive N’ Thrive program, which is designed to help patients move forward with their lives after their chemotherapy or radiation treatment has been completed.


Hours of operation

Our Breast Health Centres are open Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Contact information

To make an appointment, please call our booking office at 416-281-7299.


How to find us