Breast Care



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Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. Every woman, regardless of background, age or lifestyle, has the potential to develop breast cancer. Since we understand the unique health care needs of women - and that each woman is unique herself, we offer the comprehensive services, support and expertise you need for complete breast health. Our highest priority is your peace of mind, your comfort and your care, from routine screening mammograms, to more involved procedures for the timely detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Our Breast Care Team

  • Experienced, certified mammographers
  • Dedicated, board certified breast radiologists
  • Medical and Radiation Oncologists
  • Expert surgeons
  • Breast health nurses
  • Patient navigator

Advanced Diagnostic Services

  • Screening and diagnostic digital mammography
  • Computer aided detection
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Minimally Invasive stereotactic & ultrasound guided breast biopsies
  • Sentinel node biopsy

Aesthetics and Support

  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Breast Health Nurses
  • Family Resources
  • Lymphedema Center
  • Cancer Services Program to serve under and uninsured women

Schedule a Mammogram

Ellis Medicine offers mammography at two convenient locations:

  • The Neil and Jane Golub Breast & Heart Health Center, Bellevue Woman's Center, Niskayuna
  • The Mary J. Kakretz Mammography Unit, Ellis Health Center, Schenectady

To schedule a mammogram at either of these locations, please call: 518.243.3333.

 

Patient Navigator

An ally for women battling breast cancer

Dealing with the myriad of emotions and the many decisions surrounding a breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. That's why Ellis Medicine now has a Breast Health Nurse Navigator, a registered nurse who provides support and guidance to breast cancer patients throughout diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Ellis' Breast Health Nurse Navigator is Kim Stefanik, R.N., a nursing veteran, breast care advocate and a longtime breast cancer survivor herself. She helps patients and their families navigate the healthcare system by facilitating care plans and providing assistance with medical and all other ancillary breast care services.

More importantly, Stefanik is available on a one-on-one basis to help explain the options or just to listen. "When women learn they may be facing a diagnosis of breast cancer, everything stops," Stefanik explains. "They are scared, and it's hard for them to process all the information they're receiving. My role is to calmly support them, answer their questions and empower them to make decisions about their treatment by ensuring they have the information they need."

Ellis Medicine's Breast Health Nurse Navigator steps in to meet a patient at the time of an abnormal finding and begins by making sure patients are scheduled for the most appropriate diagnostic testing within a few days, not weeks. Once a diagnosis is confirmed and the cancer is staged, a multidisciplinary team convenes to develop a coordinated care plan. The Navigator is there, providing guidance and support, every step of the way: serving as the main point of contact for women facing breast cancer and their families; scheduling appointments; making sure necessary paperwork is completed; and working closely with the Ellis-affiliated radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, oncologists and other specialists to coordinate care. For patients, coordinated care translates into better outcomes - a better shot at beating cancer.

"This is such an important and needed service in our community," Stefanik says. "I know how frightening and overwhelming a cancer diagnosis can be. I also know about the outstanding services available locally for cancer patients at Ellis Medicine."

In addition to her role as Breast Health Nurse Navigator, Stefanik also facilitates Ellis' Healing Thru Sharing support group, which helps women understand and cope with many fears that come with a breast cancer diagnosis, including those relating to surgery, treatment and alteration of body image. The support group provides women who have or have had breast cancer or other types of cancer, with an intimate setting in which to share their experiences, learn coping techniques, and find emotional support through the strength and warmth of others.

The Breast Health Nurse Navigator is part of Ellis Medicine's comprehensive women's health program, which provides a full range of woman's care services through a lifetime of changing health and wellness needs.

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For more information about the Breast Care services at Ellis Medicine or the Healing Thru Sharing support group, please call 518.347.3310.

Breast Care at Ellis

Medical Imaging - Mammography

Breast cancer continues to be a leading health concern for women. Statistically, breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among women in the United States, accounting for more than one in four cancers diagnosed in women, according to the American Cancer Society. Digital mammography, coupled with computer assisted detection capability, is rapidly becoming the standard of care.

Digital mammography provides the radiologist with enhanced images, and the ability to closely examine any areas of concern, by manipulating the images for better magnification. Ellis mammography suites are equipped with the FDA-approved MammoPad, for a softer, warmer and more comfortable screening.

Ellis proudly offers digital mammography services at two convenient locations:

  • Bellevue Woman's Center
    The Neil and Jane Golub Breast & Heart Health Center 
  • Ellis Health Center
    The Imaging Center*

*we offer full field digital mammography for full figured patients

Each location provides free mammograms for qualified women who are uninsured and/or underinsured. Please ask about these services when calling one of our mammography programs.

To schedule a mammogram at either location, please call 518.243.3333.

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Breast Surgery Expertise and Support

We understand the unique healthcare needs of women, and that each woman is unique herself. We offer comprehensive breast health services, including advanced diagnostic and surgical care - along with the support and expertise you need for complete breast health.

Our goal is to detect and diagnose breast problems as soon as possible and to provide women with quality treatment options to ensure the best outcomes possible.

Ellis Breast Surgery

Dr. Arvind Mahatme, Medical Director of the Ellis Breast Care program, is an experienced board certified breast surgeon.  He provides comprehensive evaluation and surgical treatment for adult and post-pubescent patients needing:

  • Lumpectomies
  • Quadrantectomies
  • Simple mastectomies
  • Skin sparring and nipple sparring mastectomies
  • Modified and radical mastectomies
  • Sentinal lymph node biopsies
  • Axillary dissections
  • Oncoplastic breast surgery
  • Radiotherapy catheter placement
  • Punch biopsies
  • Incision and drainage

Contact Us

If you have any questions about Ellis Breast Surgery, please call 518.347.5051.