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Dana-Farber's Mammography Van is the only mobile digital mammography program in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It provides screening mammograms and breast health education to women 40 years of age and older.
Dana-Farber's Mammography Van possesses a valid license and certificate of inspection issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
For more information, please call 617-632-1974.
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Although any woman who is medically eligible is welcome on the van, priority populations include women who are low-income, elderly, immigrant, and non-English speaking.
In partnership with community-based organizations and neighborhood health centers, the van is on the road three to four days per week year-round, serving all Boston neighborhoods as well as other towns, including Natick, Waltham, Quincy, and Brockton, Mass. Skilled, board-certified mammography technologists from Dana-Farber perform the exams and films are interpreted by board-certified radiologists with extensive experience dedicated to mammography. During their appointment, patients are able to speak with a health educator about the importance of being screened for breast cancer and steps they can take to reduce their risk of developing the disease.
By bringing Dana-Farber's high-quality services directly to the neighborhoods in which women live and work, the van breaks down cultural, linguistic, financial, and logistical barriers to care and makes mammograms more accessible to those least likely to obtain one.
In addition to its central purpose of providing breast cancer screening and education, Dana-Farber's Mammography Van serves as a point of entry into the health care system at large, and provides an opportunity to connect women to primary care.
Women who lack a primary care provider are connected to our partnering health centers that are accepting new patients, and women who lack health insurance are encouraged to apply for coverage through the MassHealth Connector.
Ultimately, the program seeks to decrease breast cancer morbidity and mortality among medically underserved women and increase survival rates for those diagnosed with breast cancer.
Dana-Farber's Mammography Van provides a convenient and effective way for women to continually monitor their breast health. By referring patients to primary care physicians and health insurance coverage and by ensuring patients receive timely and quality follow-up services, the van is helping women and their families achieve a higher level of overall health care.
The mammography van's success would not be made possible without the generosity of a growing community of individual, corporate, and foundation supporters.
Dana-Farber's Mammography Van offers mammograms and health education to all medically eligible women. We will bill your insurance company for the screening. Please note that you will be financially responsible for any related co-pays, deductibles, and follow-up appointments.
Everyone who has a mammogram on the Van must have a primary care provider (a doctor or nurse) to whom we can send your results. If you don't have one, we can connect you with one prior to your mammogram appointment. Please call us to get both a mammogram appointment and a primary care provider.
Caring, experienced health professionals and a Mammography Technologist from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, community health educators, and medical interpreters.
A mammogram (x-ray of the breast) is the best way to find breast cancer early, when there are excellent options for treatment. In order to find breast cancer as early as possible, it's important to get a mammogram every year, not just once.
Pre-registration is required. Please call Dana-Farber's Mammography Van office at 617-632-1974 or your local health center for more information or to schedule an appointment. Please click the "Van Calendar" tab at the top of this page to see when the van will be in your neighborhood next.
Occasionally, we have volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please call 617-632-1974 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for thinking of making a contribution to our program. Please call the Jimmy Fund office at 617-632-3019 for more information.
Two to three weeks after your appointment, a letter of your results will be mailed to you, and a report will be sent to your primary care provider. The letter will explain what to do next. Please read the letter carefully.
If your results are not received within two to three weeks from your exam, please contact the person who booked your appointment. Results can be delayed for a number of reasons:
If your results are normal, your next mammogram will be due one year from the appointment date.
Please contact your primary care provider as soon as possible. Abnormal readings indicate that something suspicious was found. This does not always mean something is wrong. The radiologist just needs further information to give you the best results. The radiologist will recommend that you go to a facility that provides further examination. It is very important that you go to this follow-up appointment.
Each patient is different. Some patients may experience discomfort or others may feel sensitivity of the breast(s) immediately after their mammogram. If these symptoms persist, please consult with your doctor.
Most health insurances cover one mammogram per calendar year. Please call 617-632-1974 to review the details of your bill.
If you’re interested in hosting the van at your site, here are the requirements:
Site Coordinator will be responsible for:
Case Manager will be responsible for:
Mammography Van Request Form
If a screening day isn't right for you, we can offer breast health education events (information table or educational workshop) with information and material about Dana-Farber's Mammography Van. Breast health education events are not guaranteed and are on a case by case basis; please inquire about availability at 617-632-1974.
Breast health education event requirements:
We also go to many local community-based organizations within Boston. You can try partnering with one of them, and possibly collaborate on a van day if neither options above suit your organization's needs or requests. Please refer to the Sites Served tab for more information.
The Dana-Farber also has the Blum Family Resource Van which provides prostate and skin cancer screenings.
The Family Van, which is operated by the Harvard Medical School, provides screening and testing in areas such as pregnancy, diabetes, hypertension, and other medical concerns.
Please feel free to get in touch with us with any other questions you may have.
If you’re interested in hosting the van, here are the requirements:
Ideally, we would like 30 pre-registered medically eligible women (women 40 years of age older that meet the American Cancer Society eligibility criteria) in order for us to bring the van to your location. The maximum we can screen is 40. We would prefer the contact person/coordinator to recruit and pre-register your employees via phone and advertise the van at your corporation via email, intranet, posters, fliers, and other means of communication. For more information on the cost associated with bringing the van to your corporation, please contact Brianne Ryan, Development Officer for Corporate and Foundation Relations, at 617-632-2906.
In terms of health insurance, we bill the insurance company. We encourage patients to get enrolled in some type of insurance through the Commonwealth Connector to cover the follow-up mammogram in case the patient has an abnormal finding.
If a screening day isn't right for you, we can offer a breast health education event (information table or educational workshop) with information and material about Dana-Farber's Mammography Van. Breast health education events are not guaranteed and are on a case-by-case basis, depending on staff availability.
We also visit many local neighborhoods within Boston. We can connect you with a local site to collaborate a van day if neither options above suits your organization’s needs.
Dana-Farber's Mammography Van ofrece a todas las mujeres mamografías y educación de la salud. Viajamos a vecindarios en la ciudad de Boston para que sea mas conveniente poder obtener una mamografía rápida. ¡Busque nuestra unidad movil con la insignia de la cinta rosada en su vecindario!
Una mamografía (un rayo-x del seno) es la mejor defensa para detectar el cáncer temprano del seno porque en esta etapa se encuentran excelentes opciones para tratamientos si lo llega a necesitar. ¡Para su bienestar y el bienestar de su familia, hágase una mamografía cada año, no solamente una vez!
Profesionales de la salud con mucha experiencia que trabajan para Dana-Farber Cancer Instituto, educadores e interpretes medicos que sirven a la comunidad. Sus mamografías son revisadas por radiólogos certificados y afiliados con el Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. ¡Venga a la unidad móvil para saludarnos!
Debe registrarse por adelantado. Llámenos para saber como obtener una mamografia. ¡Su llamada es muy importante y nos gustaría hablar con usted!
Dana-Farber's Mammography Van ofri mamogram pou yon tikras kòb ak edikasyon sou lasanté pou tout fanm, ki gen asirans. Nou vwayajé al nan tout katyé Boston yo — nenpòt koté fanm reté, ak nenpòt koté fanm ap travay — pou nou fè yon mamogram pi fasil, pi amikal, pi vit ké posib pou OU. Sèlman siveyé otobis la ki gen gwo riban roz la!
Yon mamogram (radyografi tété ya) sé pi bon mwayen pou yo detekté kansè nan tété byen bonè, lè gen plizyè bon chwa pou trètman. Fè l poutèt ou, fè l pou fanmi w...fè yon mamogram chak ané, se pa yon sèl fwa!
Pwofesyonèl lasanté ki sousyé yo pou moun epi k gen eksperyans ki soti nan Enstiti Kansè Dana-Farber ya, Edikatè sou lasanté kominotè ak Entèprèt médikal… mouté nan otobis la epi di yo alo! Sé radyològ sètifyé ki nan Dana-Farber ki ap li fimm mamogram yo.
Ou dwé anrejistré davans. Relé nou pou w konnen si otobis mamografi ya sé koté ki pibon pou ou. Nou ta renmen tandé w!
Dana-Farber's Mammography Van visits locations throughout Boston and neighboring towns.
Our experts offer mammograms and breast health services to women 40 years of age and older.
We update this calendar regularly, but dates and times can change. For more information or to make an appointment, please call Dana-Farber's Mammography Van office during regular business hours (9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) at 617-632-1974, or email us at email@example.com.
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Bowdoin Street Health Center
Brookside Community Health Center
The Dimock Center
South End Community Health Center
Charles River Community Health - Brighton
Neponset Health Center
Charles River Community Health - Waltham
Manet Community Health Center - North Quincy
MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center
Manet Community Health Center
Natick Community Senior Center
Geiger Gibson Community Health Center
The following list includes the sites currently served by Dana-Farber's Mammography Van. The Van visits some sites monthly, some quarterly, some annually, and some only once a year. Please call the office if you are interested in learning more about a particular site.
Dana-Farber's Mammography Van program launched in April 2002 as a joint venture between Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the City of Boston. It is the only mobile mammography van in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Learn more about the Boston Public Health Commission's breast cancer programs
The van is out in the community Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Please contact Dana-Farber's Mammography Van office Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteDepartment of ImagingDana-Farber’s Mammography Van 450 Brookline AveBoston, MA 02215Phone: 617-632-1974Fax: 617-632-2655Email: firstname.lastname@example.org