Thomson Breast Centre
Thomson Breast Centre (TBC) is a one-stop surgical breast centre dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of all breast-related concerns through the highest standards of personalised breast care in a supportive environment.
Situated within Thomson Medical Centre, Thomson Breast Centre taps on the hospital’s expertise in women’s health and technology to provide patients with an integrated model of breast care for all women.
Thomson Breast Centre patients will benefit from easy referrals to the hospital’s specialists, imaging services and support from Thomson Medical’s strong team of Lactation Consultants.
Our breast centre offers a comprehensive range of breast care services for both benign and malignant diseases that cover:
- Specialist consultation: Personalised clinical breast assessment
- Breast self-examination training and counselling
- Breast imaging studies (mammography and ultrasound)
- Image-guided biopsy of breast lesions
- Minimally invasive breast surgery including vacuum-assisted core biopsy or mammotomy
- Image-guided aspiration of breast abscesses
- Breast cancer surgery: Mastectomy, breast conservation, oncoplastic surgery and breast reconstruction
- Selective sentinel lymphadenectomy with reduction of postoperative morbidity for suitable patients
- Assisting mothers to achieve successful breastfeeding
- Adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy including neoadjuvant chemotherapy for downstaging of breast cancers
Thomson Breast Centre provides management and services for several breast conditions, including but not limited to those below:
- breast pain
- breast lump
- breast hardness
- breast itch
- nipple discharge
- abnormal mammogram or ultrasound breast
- breast infections (mastitis, abscess)
- breastfeeding complications
Breast Cancer Screening
Screening for illness refers to the process of identifying a very early stage of the disease process, such that the disease may be prevented or cured. Tests that are used for screening have been rigorously studied to make sure that they are user-friendly, accurate, and cost effective. For women, there are effective screening tests for breast and cervical cancers.
For breast cancer screening, most countries, including Singapore, recommend mammogram (MMG) screening from age 50 onwards. For ladies who are at higher risk, this may start at age 40. Some specialists will recommend a supplementary ultrasound as well.
What is a Mammogram?
A MMG uses X-rays to detect for calcium spots in the breasts – which may be a sign of early cancer. Calcium spots may also be due to many other non-cancerous causes. This should not be done during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
During the X-ray, a female radiographer will place your breast between two flat plastic plates and compress for a few seconds. This is performed on one breast at a time. There may be some discomfort but it is important for the breast tissue to be compressed for a clearer image. Additional views may be needed for close examination. Talk to your breast specialist at the clinic review to understand the findings.
What is an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is the same technology used to monitor the baby during pregnancy, thus it is safe for use. It is useful in detecting lumps, and for checking if a lump is solid or cystic (“water”). Most specialists do not use ultrasound as a screening, as most of such lumps detected are not cancerous; while a lump that is cancerous may be at an advanced stage, as compared to cancer detected by the MMG method.