What Are The Diagnosis and Staging Of Breast Cancer?

Diagnosis and Staging

At Siteman, we strongly emphasize the diagnosis and staging process. There are many different types of breast cancer, and each type can require a different approach to treatment, especially when the stage of the cancer is also taken into account.

Because each Siteman patient receives a personalized treatment plan, our Washington University Physicians take great care to deliver accurate information about cancer type and stage. They use innovative tests and the latest technology to make sure they get it right.

Imaging tests

Patients often learn that they may have breast cancer after undergoing a screening mammogram or other imaging procedure. The Joanne Knight Breast Health Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine offers a full array of all-digital breast imaging services, including screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI.

Not all patients will need advanced techniques such as breast ultrasound or breast MRI. Physicians use these methods when they need to get a closer look at a mass or suspicious area. Women at an increased risk of breast cancer sometimes need to be screened using ultrasound or MRI for an extra level of detail.

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