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Breast Center

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Close to Home

Howard County General Hospital’s Breast Center offers comprehensive breast services that include diagnostics and biopsies, and a full range of treatment options for breast cancer, provided by Johns Hopkins and HCGH specialists. Our Breast Center is the only hospital-based program for breast cancer treatment in Howard County, allowing our patients to receive expert care, close to home in Columbia, MD. We are located on the first floor of the Berman Pavilion, which is adjacent to the main hospital (see #2 on campus map).

Regular screenings for breast cancer can save thousands of lives each year and an early detection and diagnosis improves chances for successful treatment. We offer:

  • The Breast Center at Howard County General Hospital offers comprehensive care for women with breast cancer and other breast health issues, including those who:

    • Have had an abnormal mammogram or discovered a breast lump and need diagnostic imaging or biopsy
    • Have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and would like to consult about treatment options
    • Have had a recurrence of breast cancer
  • Johns Hopkins breast surgical oncologist, Lisa K. Jacobs, M.D., leads the Breast Center at Howard County General Hospital, guiding patients through the treatment process. Surgeries are performed here and other treatments are coordinated with specialists in the community. If you have received a diagnosis of breast cancer and need a surgical consultation, finding an experienced specialist in breast cancer surgery is an important first step. Dr. Jacobs has focused her career on caring for women with breast cancer. She also practices at the Johns Hopkins Breast Center in downtown Baltimore.

  • Central Maryland Radiation Oncology offers advanced and comprehensive radiation therapy provided by specialists from Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Our patients can benefit from the expertise of world-renowned experts right here on the campus of Howard County General Hospital.
  • The Breast Center coordinates care with your medical oncologist. Maryland Oncology Hematology and Chesapeake Oncology-Hematology Associates participate in our hospital’s cancer program and multidisciplinary cancer conferences.

  • Women today have many options for restoring their silhouettes after large lumpectomy or mastectomy surgery. Our plastic surgeons can help women with the full range of options available today, including oncoplastic surgery, implants and complete breast reconstruction using their own tissue.

  • Women undergoing cancer treatment can have treatment-related symptoms and conditions. Physical therapy can help them get their strength back.

  • Our Claudia Mayer / Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center provides many services to breast cancer patients, including counseling, support groups, and aesthetic services.


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Q&A Videos

Abnormal Screening Mammogram

Dr. Olutayo Sogunro, Johns Hopkins breast surgical oncologist, explains what may cause an abnormal mammogram result and possible next steps, including additional imaging and biopsy.

Breast Cancer: Family History & Genetics

Dr. Sogunro discusses the importance of knowing your family history, the role genes play in your risk for breast cancer and what to expect from genetic counseling.

Lumpectomy, Mastectomy and Reconstruction after Breast Cancer

Lisa K. Jacobs, M.D., Johns Hopkins breast surgeon, explains surgical and non-surgical treatment options for breast cancer including lumpectomy and mastectomy as well as breast reconstruction options.

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