Staging Procedures

The stage of your breast cancer is important in determining your treatment plan. After you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, we will want to determine if your cancer is localized, or if it has spread to your lymph nodes or to other parts of your body.

Ways in which we can determine if your cancer has spread and to where include a biopsy of the sentinel and/or axillary lymph nodes, an MRI, and through a staging study, which may include a bone scan, a CT scan, and a PET-CT scan.

At The Breast Center -- Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, we understand that the staging process can feel overwhelming. We are here to answer your questions and to ensure that you get the very best individualized care. In addition to highly trained breast surgeons from the Yale School of Medicine Department of Surgery, our team includes among the best imaging technologies and pathologists in the nation and in the world.