Breast Health

Breast Health

The gloves are off ...

And we're fighting for you.

At Kalispell Regional Healthcare we recognize that breast cancer is a serious health concern for women everywhere. That's why we've assembled a lineup of heavyweights to face this challenge:

  • Breast imaging – including Hologic 3D Mammography™, ultrasound and MRI – as well as stereotactic, sonographic and MRI guided biopsy 
  • Mobile 3D digital mammography, ultrasound and DXA (bone density) screening for rural communities through the NEW Winkley Mobile Mammography Center
  • Breast surgery (including reconstructive surgery) and coordinated care through local surgeons and the Bass Breast Center at Kalispell Regional Medical Center
  • 3D digital mammography with a private waiting room and mammography-certified female technologists at North Valley Hospital
  • Follow-up treatment, including radiation oncology
  • A support network, including a dedicated patient navigator, education programs, genetic counseling, social services, support groups, mentors and assistance programs

When it comes to the health of our region's women, our goal is to put breast cancer down for the count.

Please Read: COVID-19 Vaccination & Mammography

We recommend postponing your annual screening mammogram for 4-6 weeks after the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is administered. The COVID-19 vaccination has been noted to cause swollen lymph nodes in the armpit of the arm where the dose has been administered. Swollen lymph nodes from the vaccine should go away within a few weeks—if not, please contact your primary care provider as soon as possible. 
 
If you are unable or unwilling to delay your screening, please know that further imaging may be necessary if abnormalities are found. On a screening mammogram, it is not possible to differentiate whether swollen lymph nodes are caused by the COVID vaccination or by breast cancer.  The cost of any follow-up imaging studies, such as ultrasounds, diagnostic mammograms or MRIs, are generally covered by insurance, though often are applied to your deductible--which can be quite costly. 
 
If you have a lump, bump, skin change, discharge from the nipple or any other new breast finding, do not delay your imaging appointment. If you are a breast cancer survivor within two years of your treatment and are under active surveillance with diagnostic mammograms, do not delay your imaging appointment.