Breast Center at JFK Medical Center


Main Number: (732) 205-1417
Appointments only: (732) 321-7540

Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Screening evenings)
Wednesday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Diagnostic evenings)
Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Meeting Your Needs for Breast and Bone Health Under One Roof

JFK-117-RET-CROPPED-LOGO FINALAt JFK's Breast Center, we focus on women's health - particularly breast and bone health. Conveniently located directly across from the main JFK Medical Center facility, the Breast Center offers women a complete range of imaging services all in one location. With free parking, extended office hours and a caring, compassionate staff, the center represents a tremendous resource for women in Middlesex, Union and Somerset counties.

Under the leadership of Grace Malantic-Lu, M.D., Chief of Breast Imaging, the Center is recognized by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, accredited in six imaging modalities. The JFK Breast Center is also certified by the State of New Jersey and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Staffed by skilled clinical experts, navigators, therapists and surgeons, the Center provides unparalleled services to women patients. Breast imaging studies are read by Board-certified radiologists. Patients who need further care also have direct access to specialists at JFK Medical Center.

We Provide a Full Spectrum of Specialized Diagnostic Services

SofterMammogram Provider RGBSmTypically, patients who do not have any breast cancer symptoms receive a screening mammography. The goal of the screening mammography is to detect cancer when it is still too small to be felt by touch. Annual screening mammography is recommended for all women older than the age of 40, although based on a woman's history, it may be recommended that annual screening mammography begin at an earlier age. Diagnostic mammography may be performed when a woman has a breast complaint, for example a breast mass or nipple discharge, or has had an abnormality found during screening mammography.

bicoe1485Genius 3D Tomography
At JFK, we demonstrate our commitment to our communities by employing state-of-the-art healthcare. We further that effort with the introduction of our 3D mammography services, the most accurate breast cancer screening available anywhere.

3D mammography is a powerful tool in early detection and the fight against breast cancer. The precise 3D images help improve the detection of invasive breast cancers. The accuracy of this technology also benefits women with dense breast tissue or breast implants that can be more difficult to screen with traditional mammography.

The improved accuracy of 3D mammography may reduce false positives. Superior 3D images help our doctors tell the difference between breast tumors and harmless areas that might have looked like a problem on a standard mammography image. This results in fewer callbacks for additional mammograms and other procedures such as breast biopsies or ultrasound. Most insurance plans cover 3D mammograms, and no doctor referral is needed.

R2 Computer Assisted Diagnosis Program
If you have breast cancer, knowing as soon as possible can make all the difference in treatment. Our R2 Computer Assisted Detection system acts as a "second pair of eyes" for the radiologist, often finding cancers earlier by digitizing and analyzing mammograms for potential areas of abnormality. This breakthrough technology provides a second look.

The ductography test often provides help in the work-up of nipple discharge. With this x-ray technique, a fine plastic tube is placed into the opening of the duct into the nipple. A small amount of contrast medium is injected, which outlines the shape of the duct on an x-ray image and will help show whether there is a filling defect inside the duct.

Breast Ultrasound
The breast ultrasound imaging method uses high-frequency sound waves to visualize the breast. We use breast ultrasound most commonly to evaluate breast abnormalities that are found at screening, through diagnostic mammography, or with a physical exam. In addition, breast ultrasound can be helpful in evaluating some lumps that can be felt, but are difficult to see on a mammogram, especially in the dense breasts of young women.

Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration
Although it is reassuring to know that the majority of breast lumps are non-cancerous, if mammography raises a significant suspicion of cancer, we conduct a biopsy. The past decade has seen dramatic improvements in breast biopsies, which sample tissue from within the breast to determine whether or not cancer is present. Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration utilizes a very thin needle to remove fluid and tiny fragments of tissue, with the ultrasound helping the radiologist in precisely guiding the needle to the correct location via ultrasound.

Ultrasound-Guided Core Biopsies
This technique uses a slightly larger hollow needle to remove a cylindrical piece of tissue from the breast. Again, the needle is guided to the correct location via ultrasound. Local anesthesia is used during the procedure to minimize discomfort, and no stitches are needed.

Stereotactic Core Breast Biopsies
New advancements in biopsies mean that patients may obtain a definitive diagnosis through a simple, minimally invasive procedure that involves a percutaneous needle biopsy of a lesion. Using stereotactic guidance – x-rays from two angles – the area of concern is located in the breast. The radiologist injects local anesthesia and then inserts a needle, through an incision about the size of a match-head into the breast. Using a gentle vacuum, the probe draws tissue into a hollow chamber. The exam takes just about an hour to complete, and the patient goes home with a small adhesive strip to cover the incision.

Early Diagnosis of Osteoporosis With DEXA Scan
Until recently, osteoporosis (bone loss) was often undiagnosed, progressing silently over the years, until a fracture occurred. With the development of the Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scan, early diagnosis is possible and potential fracture risk associated with this disease can be prevented. In this safe and painless 10-minute scan, minimal radiation Remove less than chest X-ray is used to determine the bone density of the spine, hip or wrist. All of our DEXA diagnostic technologists are highly skilled professionals who are certified in the field of radiology remove continuous training in bone mineral analysis.

Thyroid, Pelvic and Abdominal Ultrasound
The center offers thyroid, pelvic and abdominal ultrasounds for diagnostic purposes. This non-invasive imaging method uses high frequency sound waves to visualize the thyroid, pelvic and abdominal area.

After Diagnosis: Breast Surgery Procedures at JFK

Depending on the type and size of a breast cancer, patients and their doctor may discuss breast surgery. The possible options at hand include either removal of the entire breast, known as a mastectomy, or partial removal of the breast, called a lumpectomy. Surgeons at JFK are highly experienced in both procedures, using the latest surgical techniques, and will discuss with each patient the specifics of the case to determine what surgery is best. Patients can also consult with JFK's radiation oncologists to decide whether radiation treatments are warranted.

A "modified radical mastectomy" involves removing the remove entire breast. Sentinel lymph node biopsy may or may not be performed at that time. A radical mastectomy removes the breast, lymph nodes, and also the chest wall muscles under the breast, a procedure usually performed only if the cancer has spread to the chest walls. Patients typically spend the night in the hospital after a mastectomy.

Surgical excisional breast biopsy/Lumpectomy
A surgical excisional biopsy removes the breast lesion – as well as a small portion of surrounding tissue – from the breast. The patient will undergo radiation therapy, if the results are positive following a lumpectomy to help ensure that the cancer cells in the breast have been destroyed. Most often, patients can go home the same day of the operation.

Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction is usually for women who have had a mastectomy. The JFK Medical Center's plastic surgeons on staff rebuild the breast mound to replicate the size and shape of the breast that existed before the mastectomy. Surgeons can also add the nipple and the darker area around the nipple (the areola) during reconstructive surgery.

Women who have had a lumpectomy are less likely to need reconstructive surgery, but in some cases it can also be offered.

Nurse Navigators: Aiding Patients Through A Challenging Time

Designed to reduce the amount of time, anxiety and inconvenience a woman experiences from the moment she discovers a breast abnormality, through diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up, the JFK Women's Diagnostic Center developed its Nurse Navigator Program. Our breast patient navigators are certified in imaging and cancer by the National Consortium of Breast Centers. They serve as patient advocate and educator, providing information and reassurance during the treatment decision process, identifying hospital and community resources, coordinating appointments among numerous specialties, and assessing the psychological needs of the diagnosis and treatment.

The Nurse Navigator delivers a wide range of services to patients, including:

  • Providing support for the patient prior to, during, and after treatment.
  • Assessing the needs of the patient and their family to be able to make appropriate referrals.
  • Providing education, facts, and resources and assisting with researching the latest information and changes in breast health and breast cancer.
  • Facilitating physician recommendations.
  • Assisting the patient and their family in understanding and coping with emotional and social needs that accompany breast cancer.
  • Educating the patient about valuable support groups available in the area.
  • Assisting in identifying useful products, including post-operative garments, such as camisoles, bras and other post-mastectomy products.
  • Serving as a member of your breast "Care Team" and is present at the biopsy result appointment.
  • Assists with referrals for genetic counseling and testing for breast cancer gene.
  • Offering information on clinical trials.

For a Physician Referral, click here.