Centers of Excellence

Connie Dwyer Breast Center

The Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation is proud to partner with Trinitas Regional Medical Center to bring a Connie Dwyer Breast Center to the greater Elizabeth community. With the most up-to-date equipment and services available, the Connie Dwyer Breast Center is staffed with board-certified bilingual specialists who are dedicated to provide the very best in breast health care, from screening, to diagnosis and, if necessary, to treatment.

Services We Provide
> Full-Field digital mammography with computer-aided detection
> 3-D Tomosynthesis mammography
> High-resolution breast ultrasound
> Surgical biopsy
> Stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsy
> Biopsy results within 24 hours
> Breast MRI
> Education and support programs
> Breast navigator
> Genetic counseling

Screening
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women over the age of 40 have regular breast exams and mammograms. The frequency and specific age of these screenings depends on risk factors for breast cancer, such as personal and family medical history.

Screening may include:
> The documentation of your personal and family medical history
> A physical examination
> Radiological studies, such as mammography and breast ultrasonography
> Genetic testing

Diagnosis
Most women who undergo screening will be healthy and not have to use any of our other services. If, however, your diagnostic screening finds something suspicious, we stand ready to help you. This will involve meeting with one or more specialists from our team.

Breast Navigator
This highly-trained individual will meet with you immediately after a suspicious finding, and will be available to guide you throughout your entire breast care process. Our navigator can help find answers to your questions and steer you through the sometimes confusing maze of further diagnosis and treatment.

Breast Surgeons
If indicated by your screening, a board-certified breast surgeon will meet with you. Services breast surgeons perform include: > Fine-needle aspirations of palpable lumps > Surgical biopsy > Mammogram and ultrasound-assisted excisional biopsy

Board-Certified Radiologists
These professionals specialize in breast imaging and evaluation of imaging studies. The services they perform include:
> Mammography (digital & 3D Tomosynthesis)
> Breast ultrasound
> Breast MRI
> Stereotactic or ultrasound-guided diagnostic procedures including:
   --Cyst aspiration
   --Fine-needle aspiration
   --Mammotone core biopsy
> Biopsy results within 24 hours

Pathologist
The pathologist examines your breast tissue by conducting:
> Cytology slide examinations
> Oncotype DX Assays

High-Risk Patients
If you are at higher risk for developing breast cancer, we maintain a registry for identification, monitoring and followup. You are considered high risk if you have one or more close relatives with pre-menopausal breast cancer, two or more close relatives with post-menopausal breast cancer, or other conditions such as cystic disease.

Second Opinion Program
If you are at high risk for breast disease or have been diagnosed with breast cancer, the Second Opinion Program offers you access to our compassionate, multidisciplinary team of breast specialists, who make evaluations and provide treatment recommendations.

Information and Referrals
For additional information or a referral to The Connie Dwyer Breast Center, please call 908-994-5984. Also, please feel free to inquire about education classes, lectures and support groups.