(631) 726-8466 Information
(631) 726-8285 Mammography Appointments, East Hampton and Southampton
(631) 723-1232 Mammography Appointments, Hampton Bays
(631) 726-8400 Edna Kapenhas, MD, Medical Director
(631) 726-8402 Oncology Nurse
(631) 726-8732 Genetic Counselor
(631) 726-8715 Patient Navigator/Community Outreach
(631) 726-8938 Personal Touch Boutique
The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center is proud to offer a wide spectrum of breast health services, including education, early detection screenings and breast cancer treatment and support. The Center utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques, including computer-assisted mammography, ultrasound and a breast biopsy system that locates breast abnormalities and obtains tissue samples.
Breast cancer is a mind-numbing experience, not only for each patient, but for their families and friends. In a time of tremendous stress, Southampton Hospital’s Ellen Hermanson Breast Center offers a comprehensive patient-centric approach. Under the leadership of our fellowship-trained breast surgeon Dr. Edna Kapenhas, the Center includes Board-certified radiologists, pathologist, genetic counselor, oncology nurse, radiology nurses, patient navigator, and certified technologists.
Satellite diagnostic services are also located in East Hampton and Hampton Bays.
State-of-the-Art Technology for Timely Diagnosis and Treatment
The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center is fortunate to have the technology necessary for early detection and treatment:
- Full-Field Digital Mammography – The best screening tool for the early detection of breast abnormalities
- High-Resolution Ultrasound – Used in conjunction with a palpable mass or questionable mammography to complete the diagnosis
- Breast MRI – Our technology uses the latest software available
- Ultrasound guided biopsies – Minimally invasive, used diagnostically in cases of a positive or suspicious finding
- Stereotactic Biopsy – Used diagnostically in the case of a positive or suspicious finding
- MRI Biopsy – Another diagnostic tool in cases of a positive or suspicious finding
- Nuclear Imaging
One of our Board-certified radiologists will review your images quickly and convey the results to your physician, who will contact you directly. Our radiologist will review any films from previous tests to compare them against the current images. Following the interpretation of your mammogram, you will receive a letter explaining your results and recommending when you should return to the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center for your next examination. Results for patients having a breast biopsy require the pathologist to review pathology specimens and provide a report prior. This can take up to one week.
We welcome referrals from physicians or you may call us directly to schedule an appointment. When you arrive, you will be greeted by a receptionist who will assist you with registration. Jane Edelman, RN, OCN , an experienced oncology nurse, begins by taking a complete medical history. A clinical breast exam will be performed by Dr. Kapenhas. Working with the Board-certified radiologists, Dr. Kapenhas will discuss recommendations.
Southampton Hospital uses the latest screening and diagnostic imaging technologies including full-field digital mammography with Computer-Aided Detection (CAD), high-resolution ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with CAD. These images become a part of a patient’s electronic medical record. When indicated, advance minimally invasive diagnostic procedures are performed including stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI guided core biopsy, vacuum assisted core biopsy and fine needle aspiration biopsy. Surgical options include: excisional biopsy, lumpectomy, mastectomy, prophylactic mastectomy, skin-sparing mastectomy, reconstruction surgery, sentinel node biopsy, and axillary node dissection.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Early breast cancer rarely has symptoms. Self-examination, an annual clinical examination and, depending on your age and family history, an annual mammogram are key to detecting breast cancer as early as possible. While most breast changes are not cancerous, it’s important to have them evaluated promptly. If you discover a lump or any of the other warming signs of breast cancer, especially if the changes persist after one menstrual cycle or they change the appearance of your breast, see your doctor immediately. If you’ve been treated for breast cancer in the past, report any new signs or symptoms right away. Symptoms may include:
- A lump in the breast or a lump in the armpit that is hard and often does not hurt
- Change in the size, shape, or feel of the breast or nipple (redness, dimpling, or puckering that looks like the skin of an orange)
- Fluid coming from the nipple
In the event of a breast cancer diagnosis, and once definitive surgery has been completed, the patient may be referred to a medical and/or radiation oncologist for further treatment.
Patients requiring a breast biopsy or breast surgery can take advantage of the complimentary service of Reiki (a relaxation technique to reduce stress) and/or guided imagery.
In addition, Southampton Hospital’s Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute offers our patients a balanced approach to managing pain, symptoms and stress related to illness. Our Mind/Body Cancer Support program will teach you how stress triggers physical and emotional responses. You’ll learn to foster new behaviors and attitudes that encourage healing and self-care techniques such as relaxation, visualization and cognitive behavioral strategies. Better nutritional management and appropriate exercise will also be recommended. These tools will allow you to take a more active role in your healthcare and will help you cope with the side effects of treatment. For more information, call (631) 726-8800 or email email@example.com.
The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center is a proud beneficiary
of the LI2Day Walk to Fight Breast Cancer
Ellen Hermanson Breast Center Naming Opportunities