Medical Services

Breast Care Center: Overview

The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center offers rapid, highly accurate and frequently conclusive diagnoses in a matter of hours, usually without surgery. Our extraordinary facility offers the most comprehensive and reliable means for the early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

We were designated by Congress in 1994 as a national model for breast cancer diagnosis and management and again acknowledged in 2000 by the American College of Pathology for detecting tumors at least one half the size of those detected at 95% of all other institutions in the country.

History & Purpose

Launched in 1991, The Breast Care Center is an international training site where physicians from around the world visit Englewood to learn our approach to patient care. In 1994, The Breast Care Center was designated by Congress as a national model for breast cancer diagnosis and management with its specially trained team of experienced radiologists and cytopathologists working together to perform diagnostic tests. The outstanding medical staff also participates in organizations such as the National Cancer Institute, which are setting the standards of breast care diagnosis and treatment.

It was renamed The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center in 2007, in honor of Leslie Simon who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2006.

The Center was designed to reduce a patient’s anxiety and fear waiting for information concerning her health. Patients are provided with an accurate diagnosis in minutes, not the traditional days or even weeks. Patients benefit from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team to endure the latest techniques and options are available.

Leadership Position

  • The Center has been recognized by Congress as a model for the diagnosis and


    treatment of breast disease.

  • Our medical staff lectures about the “Englewood Model” nationally and throughout the


    world. They also participate in prestigious organizations such as the National Cancer


    Institute, in which they were instrumental in the standardization of breast care


    diagnosis and treatment.

  • Offers vast experience in performing Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA); The Center is an


    international training site for FNA, cytopathology and advanced radiological testing.

  • Integrates state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures and evaluations in one


    comprehensive setting.

  • Provides Tumor Marker Panels, which help diagnosticians tailor cancer management on


    an individual basis as a result of a detailed analysis of an individual’s specific tumor.

  • Offers the expertise associated with being a Cancer Teaching Center; designated by the


    American College of Surgeons.

Clinical Resources

We rely on the expertise of a specially trained team of board-certified radiologists and cytopathologists who personally perform and interpret diagnostic tests.

Frequently used as an alternative to surgical biopsy, The Center uses Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) as an important technique for diagnosing all types of cancer. If a breast mass has been identified and is palpable (discernible by touch), a specially trained cytopathologist performs a FNA by inserting a thin needle into the lump and withdrawing a cell specimen.

For optimum reliability, the same cytopathologist who performs the FNA then interprets the specimen and makes a diagnostic evaluation. Preliminary results can usually be given to the patient before leaving the Center. To date, 80 percent of all FNA biopsies performed at The Center are applied to breast lumps.

Cancer Treatment Options

Every positive finding is presented and reviewed by a team of experts that includes pathologists, radiologists, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors, and other breast care specialists. A treatment plan is discussed outlining access to the latest options available. Early diagnoses can lead to a cure.