Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Breast cancer diagnosis and treatment is a scary time. Find comfort in your access to some of the world’s premier specialists in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer at Fletcher Allen and the Vermont Cancer Center. We partner with you on your breast cancer care and combine our advanced medical knowledge with compassion and support.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

The American College of Radiology has recognized Fletcher Allen’s breast imaging program as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. This means you have access to a program that meets or exceeds national standards of care for each of the essential tools for the diagnosis of breast cancer and other breast diseases.

Breast cancer evaluation may include:

  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy - a technique pioneered here at Fletcher Allen – A sentinel lymph node is the first lymph node to which cancer cells are likely to spread. Cancer cells may appear in the sentinel node before spreading to other lymph nodes. A sentinel lymph node biopsy can be used to help determine the extent or stage of cancer.
  • Breast exam – Your doctor checks for lumps or other abnormalities
  • Mammogram – A breast X-ray
  • Breast ultrasound – Sound waves help make a picture of the inside of the breast
  • Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – An injection of dye is combined with a magnet and radio waves to create a picture of the inside of the breast

Find out more about breast cancer treatment options.

Find a Fletcher Allen Health Care physician or call 802-847-2262.