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The Dyson Breast Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Dyson Breast Center
Ambulatory Surgery Building
21 Reade Place, Second Floor
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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The Dyson Breast Center offers one-stop access for all of your breast health needs. The Center, accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), provides breast exams, diagnostics, screening and surgical services, all in a calm, welcoming environment. We have the advanced technology needed for accurate diagnosis of breast disease as well as screening to catch early signs of breast cancer. At our center, you’ll find an experienced team of surgeons, radiologists*, nurses and services to support women of all ages and stages. The range of support services include counseling and nutrition, as well as a high-risk program dedicated to women’s health and preventive care for those women whose family or medical history places them in this category.

Leading Edge Mammograms and Diagnostics

Early detection through a screening or diagnostic mammogram can offer the best chances of survival. That’s why we offer a full range of state-of-the-art breast cancer diagnostic services including:

  • 3D Mammography Technology that increases accuracy and improves chances of early cancer detection. 3D mammography is frequently used to screen women who have dense breast tissue.
  • Digital Mammography, with its exceptional clarity and accuracy, can detect breast tumors earlier, allowing for treatment to begin sooner.
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy is a procedure performed by radiology using specially designed equipment that allows for examination of breast tissue. Small samples of tissue are extracted through a biopsy needle for pathology to review.
  • MRI and Ultrasound Imaging can scan any angle of the body to create clear, highly detailed images. To learn more about these services, see Imaging.
  • Genetic Screening for patients with cancer or a family history of breast or ovarian cancer to test for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and assess risk. To learn more about these services, see Genetic Counseling.

Advanced Diagnostics and Surgical Options

Should surgery become necessary, rest assured that a skilled surgical team is conveniently located at the Dyson Breast Center. The team, led by Dr. Angela Keleher, includes fellowship-trained breast surgeons, radiologists,* oncologists, and oncology-trained nurses who collaborate to care for you and your family.

The team works with you to identify the best option among the many advanced procedures.

Surgical options offered include:

  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy is the surgical removal of lymph node(s) for pathology to review. This type of biopsy is used to determine if cancer cells from the breast tumor have spread. This biopsy is usually done at the same time as the surgery to remove the tumor.
  • Partial Mastectomy involves removal of the tumor along with a rim of normal tissue known as the margins. This procedure is often performed in conjunction with a sentinel lymph node biopsy.
  • Total Mastectomy involves removal of the entire breast, including the nipple and areolar complex.
  • Modified Radical Mastectomy involves removal of the entire breast, including the nipple, areolar complex and most of the lymph nodes from the armpit.
  • Radical Mastectomy involves removal of the entire breast, including the nipple, areolar complex, lymph nodes and chest wall muscles.
  • Skin-Sparing Mastectomy with Immediate Reconstruction removes the breast tissue, but leaves the outer skin. If the tumor does not involve the skin, plastic surgeons then perform breast reconstruction during the same operation.
  • Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy with Immediate Reconstruction takes place during a skin sparing mastectomy. The surgeon performs a biopsy behind the nipple to see if this procedure is viable. If so, plastic surgeons then perform the reconstruction.

Breast Reconstruction

With great strides in breast reconstruction procedures, we are proud to help many patients recapture the body they had before cancer. The team carefully assesses each patient to ensure she is a good candidate for reconstruction.

Breast reconstruction is frequently performed during the same operation that removes the tumor, but can also be scheduled for later.

Procedures include:

  • Oncoplastic surgery occurs after a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy. It involves rotating native breast tissue to fill the cavity left behind after tumor excision. This yields a better cosmetic outcome.
  • Tissue Expanders/Implants occurs after skin or nipple-sparing mastectomy. A tissue expander allows expansion of the skin envelope over time and eventual exchange for an implant during a later operation. Some patients may not require expansion and have a breast implant placed at the time of mastectomy.
  • TRAM (Transverse Rectus Abdominus Myocutaneous) flap technique uses muscle, fat and skin from the lower abdomen to create a new breast mound after a mastectomy. It requires a second surgery to create a new nipple and areola.
  • LATIS (Latissimus Dorsi) flap technique rotates the upper back muscle to the front of the chest to form a new breast mound. This flap is useful in patients who have had prior abdominal surgery or in patients requiring chest wall radiation.
  • DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforators) flap technique uses skin and fat from the abdomen to reconstruct a natural-looking, natural-feeling breast without the use of implants or abdominal muscle. Since muscle is not removed, there is generally less pain and faster recovery compared to traditional reconstruction techniques.

To provide seamless, integrated care, we also offer comprehensive Breast Cancer services at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care.

A doctor's written order is required by some insurances for a mammogram.

*In the spirit of keeping you well informed, the physicians identified is neither an agent nor an employee of Health Quest or any of its affiliate organizations.  These physicians have selected our facilities as the place where they want to treat and care for their private patients.