Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Quebec women. Until a cure or an effective way to prevent breast cancer is found, early detection represents the leading strategy for reducing mortality and illness due to the disease. Diagnosing breast cancer as early as possible is crucial, as it provides women and men with more treatment options, a reduced chance of cancer recurrence and an improved chance of survival.
In 1998, the Quebec government recognized the proficiency of the Marlene & Joel King Breast Centre in diagnostic radiology, pathology and oncology. As a result, the Centre was designated as a Breast Referral and Investigation Centre (CRID)—one of five such centres in Montreal. The Centre provides highly specialized expertise in diagnosing and investigating "suspicious" breast findings seen on physical examination or mammography and, as such, plays a key role in the Quebec Breast Cancer Screening Program (PQDCS).
“The expanded and modernized Breast Centre will provide for a more welcoming and efficient environment equipped with the most advanced technology for the investigation and management of breast conditions.”
– Dr. André Lisbona, Director, JGH Breast Centre
The PQDCS offers mammography exams every two years to women aged between 50 to 69 years. A patient is referred to the Breast Centre only after she has had a routine mammogram at an outside clinic or a designated screening centre. If the results of this test are abnormal or inconclusive, the patient is sent to the Centre for further investigation. This includes radiological magnification, ultrasound, stereotactic and ultrasound guided biopsies and needle localizations in cases requiring surgery. The Centre’s highly competent and committed staff also provides personalized, compassionate care and support to patients and their loved ones throughout the continuum of care.
Thousands of women and men from Montreal, outlying regions of the city and other areas of Quebec are referred to the Centre annually and the demand for its services keeps growing. In order to improve access and better serve this ever increasing number of patients, the Centre is in the process of being relocated in an expanded and modernized facility on the 10th floor of the Segal Cancer Centre. The new 5,000 square foot facility will not only benefit from its proximity to main Cancer Centre activities but will also have the latest imaging technology available, including two digital mammography units and an additional ultrasound machine, allowing it to offer state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and patient care with increased precision and efficiency.
The additional space and the new technology will allow one of the smallest, yet busiest CRID in Quebec to welcome more patients and reduce wait times significantly for non-urgent cases, while providing for a more welcoming and comfortable environment designed to help patients feel safe and reduce their level of anxiety and stress. The Centre’s staff will be able to integrate their procedures and enhance the already superior quality and comprehensiveness of care and support they provide. Construction of the new Breast Centre is expected to be complete by the end of 2011 and will enable the Marlene & Joel King Breast Centre to achieve ever higher levels of excellence in fulfilling its vital role in the Quebec Breast Cancer Screening Program (PQDCS).
The Breast Centre at the JGH