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Breast Care

A trusted partner for all your breast health needs

Easy-to-schedule mammograms with Results by Request@

  • Choose from three convenient locations in Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove or at the hospital in Arlington Heights
  • With Results by Request® service, you can schedule a one-hour appointment and receive your results at the time of your mammogram or schedule a quick appointment (30 minutes or less) and have them mailed to you the next day. Your doctor will have the test results within 24 hours.
  • To schedule a mammogram at any of our locations, call Outpatient Scheduling at 847.618.3700.
The Breast Center at Northwest Community Hospital

Busse Center for Specialty Medicine
800 West Central
Arlington Heights, IL

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Schaumburg — NCH Immediate Care and Imaging Center

Roselle Rd @ Weathersfield Way
Schaumburg, IL

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Buffalo Grove — NCH Immediate Care Center

Lake Cook Rd. @ Route 83
Buffalo Grove, IL

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To schedule a mammogram at any of these locations, call 847.618.3700


The latest technologies for accurate diagnoses

At the Breast Center, NCH's experienced radiologists, oncologists and nurses have access to the latest technological advances for early detection and treatment. These include:

  • Full-screen digital mammography – allows data to be stored on a computer and enhanced or manipulated for thorough evaluation
  • Image Checker® Computer Aided Detection (CAD) System – minimizes false negative readings during mammograms and enhances accuracy when reading mammograms
  • Comfortable screening for full-figured women – an expanded detector area allows women with larger breasts to receive more comfortable mammograms
  • Extra Gentle Mammogram technology available as an alternative for patients with sensitive breasts. Call 847.618.5800 and ask to speak with a breast nurse navigator.
  • Breast Ultrasound – helps the radiologist determine if an area contains a fluid-filled cyst or a solid mass
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging – provides additional information about abnormal tissue
  • Advanced breast biopsy options including ultrasound-guided, MRI-guided and stereotactic breast biopsy, as well as intact breast excisional biopsies
  • Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) – a diagnostic imaging option that provides clearer results for women with dense breast tissue.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) – provides additional information about abnormal tissue and helps evaluate the progress of treatment therapies

Advanced care for breast cancer from a multidisciplinary team of experts

At NCH, you'll receive the same advanced level of care found at university or teaching hospitals. If you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, a multidisciplinary team of physicians and other healthcare professionals meet weekly to:

  • Review patient medical histories, diagnostic tests, surgical procedures, stage of disease at diagnosis, and treatment options including palliative care and pain management
  • Discuss the latest in diagnostic technology and research protocols
  • Work together to give you the individual attention you deserve

In addition, the Breast Center leads and participates in clinical trials and research studies on breast care health and cancer treatments. One such study resulted in a needle biopsy technique that causes significantly less pain for patients.

Systemic and local therapies

At NCH, breast cancer is treated with surgery (either breast-conserving procedures or a mastectomy) and radiation therapy from some of the best doctors in Chicago. These are referred to as local therapies because they target the tumor directly.

However, it is sometimes difficult for your doctor to determine if the cancer cells have spread. In these cases, your doctor will also recommend one or a combination of systemic therapies, which travel through the bloodstream looking for additional cancer cells.

  • Hormone therapy—Blocks the effects of your body's hormones. If your cancer is hormone-sensitive, this may be used in combination with chemotherapy
  • Immune therapy—Called Herceptin, it blocks the effect of a protein called HER2, which is found on the surface of some cancer cells and signals them to grow. It reduces the risk of recurrence by 50%
  • Chemotherapy treatments—A combination of drugs that kill cancer cells, given in a specific order for a specific period of time and then followed by a recovery time
  • Radiation therapy—A local treatment that affects only the part of the body being treated. It uses special equipment to deliver high doses of radiation that destroys cancer cells. The most common internal radiation is called MammoSite® RTS—A system of radiation delivery using a small balloon catheter

Personalized, ongoing support from a breast nurse navigator

NCH breast nurse navigators are certified nurses who will guide you and your family throughout your care. They act as a proactive link between you and your physicians. They make sure that everybody stays informed about your care and well-being.

Genetic risk assessments

  • The PEARLS program offers support to high-risk women along with a personal risk assessment using the Pointone Clinical System.

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Feel confident in your breast care. Get your mammograms and breast cancer care from some of the best doctors in Chicago at NCH. Find one now.

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Last modified: 10/01/2013