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Breast Cancer Awareness

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. Yet thanks to advances in research and medicine,  millions of women are surviving the disease.

Read: Breast Cancer Facts and Statistics

The Cancer Center at Harrington is doing its part to provide our patients with excellent clinical care by helping them understand their treatment options and offering mental, emotional and social support.

We have a comprehensive Breast Center with dedicated patient navigator so you have someone on your side, following each appointment and test result — from initial diagnosis to recovery.

Listen: Harrington Physician Services’ Dr. Colette Whitby talks about male breast cancer.

Early Detection

One of the most important things a woman or man can do to prevent breast cancer is schedule their annual mammogram. We offer digital mammography at our Southbridge, Webster and Charlton campuses. 3-D Mammography is coming soon to Southbridge!

Our technicians are skilled in keeping our patients comfortable and lower any anxiety they may have going into the procedure. Many women find it to less difficult than they expected.

Read: 7 Things to Know About Getting a Mammogram

But that’s not all – we offer Genetic Counseling to anyone who might be more at-risk for breast cancer. Our licensed genetics counselor can review family history, explain hereditary risks, and even discuss treatment options and their potential outcomes.

Read: What are the risk factors for breast cancer?

Diagnostic Testing

We also offer a variety of diagnostic testing, including breast biopsies. Unlike other healthcare facilities, we have stand-up imaging machines to perform the procedure. This is less intrusive for the patient and creates a more calming environment.

Read: About Your Breast Biopsy
Read: About Your Stereotactic Biopsy

Individual Treatment Plans

Our Cancer Center staff creates a tailored care plan just for you. From nutrition guidelines to advanced wound care following your treatment, we offer clinical specialists every step of the way.

Surgical Treatment for Cancer

Dr. Colette Whitby is the lead breast surgeon at Harrington and she performs a variety of general and reconstructive surgeries on male and female patients.

 Dr. Colette Whitby discusses surgical options for cancer treatment at Harrington.

Emotional and Psychosocial Programs

We do more than just treat your cancer — we treat your mental, emotional and psychosocial state. The Cancer Center at Harrington offers a number of support services for our patients, including:

  • Hand Massage
  • Reiki
  • Meditation
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Hospitality Cart
  • Palliative Care
  • Spiritual Support
  • Patient Resource and Wig Room
  • Look Good, Feel Better program

Click here to download our Cancer Center brochure.

Meet Our Team of Cancer Experts

Jeffrey Gordon, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (1999-2002); Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School (2004-2013)
University of Massachusetts Medical Center
University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Medical School
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Academic Awards/Accomplishments
Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Hematology Fellows’ Scholarship Program (1998-1999); Recipient, American Medical Association Recognition Award for HIV Pocket Resource Guide (1991); National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Summer Research Fellowship (1989 and 1990); Undergraduate Research Program, Brandeis University (1988 and 1989)
Stephen Hilborn, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, Conn.
Medical School
Tufts University of Medicine
Thomas Johnson, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Boston University
Medical School
The Medical College of Pennsylvania
Donna Kentley, PA-C
Medical School
Physician Assistant Program: Northeastern University, Bouve' College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston
Evan Provisor, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S. *Chief of Surgery*
Brown University Program in Medicine
Medical School
Albany Medical College of Union University
Christopher Seidler, M.D.
*Medical Director,* The Cancer Center at Harrington
Chairman, Harrington Cancer Committee (2011-present)
Chairman, Cancer Committee, St. Vincent Hospital (1997-1999; 2002-2004)
Site Director, Cancer and Leukemia Site B Protocols, St. Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center (1997-1999)
1992-2015: Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Hematology/Oncology, UMass Medical Center
2012-2015: Medical Director, Southern VNA Hospice Program
Dartmouth Medical School
Brown University
Medical School
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey
Academic Awards/Accomplishments
Member, American Medical Society
Member, American College of Physicians
Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology
Member, American Society of Hematology

2010-2011: Susan Komen Research Award
2003-2004: Researcher of the Year, Fallon Clinic
1990: American Cancer Society Clinical Fellow
Colette Whitby, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Childrens Hospital; Rhode Island Hospital
Rhode Island Hospital
Medical School
Brown University Medical School


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