Kathryn T. McCarty Breast Center
Better outcomes begin with better diagnosis, and you’ll find them here
Schedule a Mammogram
We make safeguarding your health easy and convenient by offering mammogram
screenings at three locations: Fullerton, Yorba Linda and Diamond Bar.
Please call (714) 446-5650 or click below to request an appointment online.
Well-known for our clinically superior care, our Kathryn T. McCarty Breast
Center is at the forefront of protecting women’s health through
screenings, education, diagnosis, treatment and support.
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, St. Jude Medical Center’s Breast Center offers the entire range
of diagnostic options, including 3D mammography (coming July 2017), digital
mammography with computer aided detection, breast MRI, and advanced biopsy
techniques. If a potential problem is found, the next step in testing
and diagnosis is immediately available.
Coordinated, multidisciplinary care
We bring multidisciplinary expertise to each woman’s care, from highly
respected breast surgeons—performing today’s newest breast
conservation and reconstruction techniques—to fellowship-trained
breast radiologists who specialize exclusively in women’s imaging.
If a problem is found, state-of-the-art technologies and techniques allow
us to treat breast cancer more successfully than ever thought possible,
while our innovative support programs provide a level of practical and
emotional support that is as remarkable as our medical excellence.
We are also actively involved in some of today’s most promising cancer
research and clinical trials, ensuring our patients have access to each
In addition to being named a
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, we are one of only six in the state
to be recognized by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program
(NQMBC) for exceeding national benchmarks in over 30 separate criteria.
If needed a woman’s care seamlessly includes the expertise of our
nationally-distinguished St. Jude Crosson Cancer Institute, named a Center
of Excellence by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer—
an honor earned by only five percent of the nation’s hospitals.
While our quality continues to earn awards, the only measurement that truly
matters is our success in protecting and safeguarding the health of every
woman who walks through our doors.
More About Breast Cancer Treatment at St. Jude
While the vast majority of women will never be treated for breast cancer,
for those that do, the good news keeps pouring in.
Immunotherapies that activate a patient’s immune system to recognize
and destroy tumors. New medications that prevent cancer cells from repairing
themselves, causing the cells to die. Chemotherapies capable of targeting
a patient’s tumor-specific molecular markers. Radiation therapy
delivered with surgical precision, and new surgical techniques making
cancer removal less invasive and more successful — all breakthroughs
being used at St. Jude Medical Center to revolutionize breast cancer treatment.
“Not only are most types of breast cancer now curable, we are increasing
the survivability of even the most advanced and aggressive cancers,”
explains David Park, MD, Medical Director, St. Jude Medical Center Crosson
Cancer Institute. Take, for instance, HER2-positive cancers, considered
the most deadly breast cancers for many years, yet today mortality rates
are down almost 50 percent through the development of a new class of drugs
called HER2-inhibitors — research in which St. Jude Medical Center’s
cancer experts were actively involved.
“Through partnerships with UCLA and some of the nation’s leading
research consortiums, we are moving very promising treatments from the
laboratory to the bedside,” explains Dr. Park, a board-certified
Not Your Mother’s Breast Surgery
Advances in surgical techniques are not only contributing to rising survival
rates, but are allowing women to recover faster and more completely, with
fewer side effects or complications.
“In the last two decades, no other cancer has witnessed such a tremendous
change and improvement in treatment as breast cancer,” explains
Robert McCoy, MD, a highly experienced breast surgeon. “The result
is not only very high survival rates but a much greater quality of life.”
Less-invasive lumpectomies that offer the same outcomes as mastectomies,
improvements in surgical imaging that allow more precision, and the use
of radioactive tracers to determine whether cancer has spread without
removing healthy lymph nodes— a few example of how St. Jude surgeons
are creating more successful treatments and recoveries.
For women having mastectomies, tumor removal and reconstruction typically
take place in a single step, with new nipple-sparing and skin-sparing
techniques offering a near-normal postsurgical appearance of the breast.
“Allowing a patient to wake up with the cancer gone and a restored
appearance offers enormous psychological and emotional benefits,”
explains Michael McConnell, MD, a fellowship-trained reconstructive and
Many Experts, One Cause
Every Monday within the McCarty Breast Center, medical oncologists, breast
radiologists, breast surgeons, pathologists, radiation oncologists, breast
nurse navigators and cancer researchers gather to review patients’
cases, allowing a plan of care that reflects the expertise of not just
one breast cancer expert but an entire team.
“Breast cancer treatment can be particularly difficult for patients
who find themselves moving from specialist to specialist, gathering details
about their diagnosis and then trying to fit the pieces together on their
own,” explains Clarence Petrie, MD, a respected breast surgeon.
“Here, a very different scenario takes place: multiple specialties
look at all aspects of diagnosis and treatment, offering patients a comprehensive,
highly coordinated approach to care.”
A Unique Approach
Cancer’s toll is often emotional as much as physical, which is why
the Breast Center offers a uniquely comprehensive range of services, from
yoga classes and peer support, to highly trained nurse navigators dedicated
to providing emotional, medical and practical support through every step.
“Our focus is caring for each woman, mind, body and spirit,”
explains Sue Lepich, BSN, RN, one of the breast nurse navigators who steps
alongside each patient, often literally: attending doctors’ visits,
supporting family members, and offering a highly knowledgeable shoulder
to lean on. “Because of the unique level of support, our patients
move through treatment and recovery with more confidence and much less