At MaineHealth, patients access complete cancer care, as close to home as possible.
- 3D Digital mammography
- Diagnostic mammography
- Breast ultrasound
- Stereotactic needle biopsy
- Physical therapy, including lymphedema treatment
- Post-Operative care support
- Wig and prosthesis referrals
- Support groups
- Surgical services
- Community education and resources
You may never need more than a mammogram from us. But should you ever have an abnormal screening, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that you are in the right place with the right people—a compassionate team of professionals who will collaborate on the most effective diagnostic procedures and treatment for you.
Our Center offers stereotactic needle biopsy: a low-radiation, outpatient procedure that is an important new tool in the fight against breast cancer. It is used to determine if breast abnormalities found on a mammogram are cancerous or benign. Compared to surgery, stereotactic needle biopsy is quicker and less painful, has fewer complications and minimal recovery time, and only requires local anesthesia. Since most women with an abnormal mammogram do not have breast cancer, stereotactic needle biopsy can spare you the discomfort and scarring associated with a surgical biopsy.
In 2004, family and friends of Martha Beck Webber pledged $100,000 to create an endowed fund to support Franklin Memorial Hospital’s (FMH) then new breast care center that named the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center, in memory of Peter Webber’s late wife.
Over the years through successful fundraising the endowment grew to more than $1.3 million. As a result the Webber family authorized FMH to use a portion of these funds, along with a capital investment from the hospital, to replace the aging mammography units and the stereotactic needle biopsy unit.
Since October 2018 the center now has digital breast tomography, also known as 3D mammography. This technology takes images of the breast from many angles, making a layered 3-dimensional image that allows the radiologist to look at the breast, one thin image at a time, improving cancer detection rates, especially for more invasive cancers. This technology also results in a decrease in callbacks for more images.
The new 3D stereotactic needle biopsy system, designed with improved patient comfort, allows the surgeon to locate and biopsy very small or subtle areas that appeared suspicious on the mammogram, with a radiation dose less than the previous unit. Most women can resume their normal activities the same day as the procedure.
“Our family is committed to supporting the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in our community,” said Peter Webber. “Part of that commitment is assuring that the technology used is state of the art so that patients can be evaluated and diagnosed with the highest level of accuracy and efficiency close to home. I wish to thank everyone who through the years has supported the center and helped make this upgrade possible.”