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The Suburban Hospital Breast Center
About Our Program
- The Suburban Hospital Cancer Care program treats more than 300 breast cancer patients annually, more than any other hospital in Montgomery County.
- Suburban Hospital is recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a provider of high quality, comprehensive cancer care. Only one in four hospitals that treat cancer receives this special approval.
- With quality coordinated care, compassion and expertise, we set the standard for excellence in breast cancer care and treatment.
- By working collaboratively to be at the forefront of breast care education and research, Suburban helps to ensure that patients have the best opportunities in the detection and treatment of breast cancer.
Highly-Qualified, Multidisciplinary Team
The hallmark of breast care and treatment is our integrative teamwork approach and our biweekly multidisciplinary conferences. Under the leadership of Dr. Pamela Wright, Medical Director of the Breast Center, and Dr. Susan Stinson, Medical Director of the Cancer Program, patients have access to a team of highly qualified health care providers. We partner with GCM-Suburban Imaging, one of the most technologically sophisticated radiology facilities in Montgomery County with dedicated breast radiologists. In addition, we partner with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help lead the fight against breast disease, provide comprehensive treatment and stay current with the latest advancements in the science of breast cancer.
Services Offered by the Breast Center
Upon initial diagnosis of breast cancer and continuing throughout the treatment process, our team of specialists works collaboratively to determine optimum plans of care.
- Diagnostic imaging, including mammography, ultrasound and MRI
- Minimally invasive needle biopsies: ultrasound-guided, stereotacic core, and MRI-guided
- Surgery: excisional biopsy, lumpectomy, mastectomy (including skin sparing and nipple sparing mastectomy), sentinel lymph node biopsy and axillary lymph node dissection
- Breast reconstruction
- Radiation therapy
- Genetic counseling
- Clinical trials
- Support groups
The Suburban Hospital Breast Center has been granted a full three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.
You don't have to travel great distances to your caregivers. For patients whose treatment plans include surgery, radiation oncology, chemotherapy infusion or inpatient care, Suburban Hospital provides a broad scope of oncology services conveniently located in the Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center in Bethesda and the main hospital facility. Get maps and directions.
Each patient has access to Suburban Hospital's Nurse Navigator program. Nurse navigators provide cancer patients with resources and guidance for everything from appointment scheduling and insurance questions to helping with transportation and childcare.
Jamie Borns, RN, BSN, works with patients diagnosed with breast cancers. Jamie has more than 30 years of nursing experience and is dedicated to advancing the role of the oncology nurse navigator. She is passionate about providing the highest quality of care and support to cancer patients. Jamie is available by phone at 301-896-6798 or by email at JBorns1@jhmi.edu.
Many of our patients are eligible for national clinical trials. Several protocols are offered through Suburban Hospital's affiliation with the National Cancer Institute, and many more are available through our affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine. For more information about eligibility contact Barbara Squiller, RN, CRNP, at 301-896-2719 or visit our oncology research trials page.
Several different groups of caregivers contribute to patient care at the Breast Center, but we work as one to offer the level of care that you'd expect from the name Johns Hopkins. Our breast surgeons are members of the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians (JHCP) group, and our radiation oncologists are Johns Hopkins faculty. And your care at the Suburban Breast Center involves more than just your immediate care team—our collaborative breast program meetings, which include members of Johns Hopkins and other National Capital Region programs, allow us to collaborate and share ideas with other experts. See more information about our Hopkins Affiliation on our partnerships page.