Since 1997, the BMO Breast Diagnostic Clinic (BDC), part of the Karen, Heather & Lynn Steinberg Breast Centre at North York General Hospital in Toronto, has provided comprehensive services for individuals with a potential diagnosis of breast cancer, as identified by a clinical examination and/or medical imaging abnormalities.
Patients with suspicious breast anomalies are assessed by a team with expertise in breast cancer. This team consists of physicians, nurses, Medical Imaging staff, Laboratory Medicine staff, administrative support and volunteers.
The BDC provides individuals with early diagnosis, supported by advanced medical imaging equipment to allow them to make informed decisions about treatment options. Approximately 1,500 new patients are seen in the clinic each year.
The BDC works closely with the Charlotte and Lewis Steinberg Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer Clinic to provide counseling and testing for individuals at high risk for developing an inherited form of breast cancer.
The patient education resource area provides a comfortable environment for patients and family to increase their knowledge around new diagnosis and treatment options. The BDC also supports the diversity of the North York community by providing literature in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and other languages.
Breast screening is available through the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre. This is a program by Cancer Care Ontario that provides top quality breast screening services for women 50 years of age or older.
Family physicians can fax complete information and relevant imaging reports to 416-756-5986.