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Inova Breast Cancer Program

Northern Virginia's Top Resource for Breast Health
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Our new patient coordinators and breast care navigators will walk you through every step in the process. Next, our committed breast oncologists will guide you through your personalized treatment plan. Our genetic counselors will help investigate whether you and your family are at higher risk for breast cancer and recurrence, helping you and your team to decide on the best treatment approach. In addition, we offer free support services through our Life with Cancer® program – delivering the highest standard of compassionate, collaborative and holistic cancer care, customized to the needs of each patient. It would be our privilege to treat you.

Inova’s breast cancer program, which is nationally certified by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, can provide you treatment, at any stage, in any part of the breast.

COVID Vaccine & Mammograms

Can the COVID-19 vaccine impact my mammogram or ultrasound results?

All vaccines can cause temporary swelling of the lymph nodes, which is a sign that the body is building immunity and making antibodies as intended. In some rare cases, reports of lymphadenopathy; swelling of the lymph nodes, can develop in the arm and neck region 2 to 4 days after COVID-19 vaccination. This can last, on average, 10 days. This temporary swelling can impact mammogram and breast ultrasound readings. Therefore, it is important that you provide an accurate health history including your vaccination status, timing and side (left vs. right arm) of vaccination at your breast imaging appointment.

If possible, we recommend scheduling routine screening mammograms either before your first COVID-19 vaccine or later than 14 days after vaccination (first or second dose). However, if you have any breast symptoms, you should not delay getting a mammogram or breast ultrasound.

I need a mammogram – when is the best time to schedule my exam?

If possible, and when it does not delay care, consider scheduling screening exams prior to the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination or 4-6 weeks following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.

Should I delay my mammogram?

No, please do not delay your mammogram. If you cannot schedule your mammogram around your vaccine in the timeline suggested above please move forward with your scheduled mammogram or breast imaging appointment.

Our Multidisciplinary Program Includes:

  • Dedicated breast medical oncologists
  • Specialized breast pathologists
  • Breast surgeons
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Genetic counselors
  • Clinical research team
  • Cancer-focused retail pharmacists
  • High-risk breast care clinic
  • Palliative care and pain specialists
  • Holistic care specialists with expertise in integrative medicine
  • Nutrition specialists
  • Cancer-focused psychiatric support
  • Survivorship care and support

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

National Association Program for Breast CancerInova Health System has four hospitals that have received the prestigious three-year accreditation in breast care from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). NAPBC is part of the American College of Surgeons, which sets the standard for how breast care patients receive care.