• Mammography Van

    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.

    About

    Dana-Farber's Mammography Van  

    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.

    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.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    people talking outside the Mammography Van 

    Frequently Asked Questions (English)

    For patients: Before your screening

    Is there a fee to get a mammogram on the Van?

    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. 

    Can I get a mammogram on the Van if I do not have a doctor?

    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.

    Who works on the Van?

    Caring, experienced health professionals and a Mammography Technologist from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, community health educators, and medical interpreters.

    Who should get their mammogram on the Van?
    • Women 40 years of age and older (or 35-39 years with a strong family history of breast cancer)
    • Women who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months
    • Women who are not currently experiencing breast problems
    • Women with health insurance
    Why get a mammogram every year?

    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.

    How do I sign up?

    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.

    How do I volunteer?

    We're looking for volunteers to raise awareness about the van and about good breast health. We’re looking for dedicated volunteers who can staff a table with breast health information and to inform the community on the van services. Theses events are usually held on weekday evenings and at the weekend. If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering, please call 617-632-1974 or email us at mammo_van@dfci.harvard.edu.

    How do I donate?

    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.

    For patients: After your screening

    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.

    Why are my results taking so long?

    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:

    • delay in obtaining prior mammography films
    • corrections made to patient information in the system
    • technical problems (you will be notified)
    What if my reading is normal?

    If your results are normal, your next mammogram will be due one year from the appointment date.

    What if my reading is abnormal?

    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.

    What if I experience breast symptoms shortly after my mammogram?

    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.

    What if I get a bill, even though I have health insurance?

    Most health insurances cover one mammogram per calendar year. Please call 617-632-1974 to review the details of your bill.

    For non-profits and community groups: How to host the Mammography Van

    If you’re interested in hosting the van at your site, here are the requirements:

    • 30 pre-registered women (women 40 years or older that meet the American Cancer Society eligibility criteria). The maximum we can screen per day is 40 patients
    • Two Site Coordinators: One lead and one back-up
    • One Case Manager to handle callbacks/abnormal
    • Level parking for the van and van staff
    • Your site must be located within 35 miles of Boston

    Site Coordinator will be responsible for:

    • Recruitment of eligible women
    • Registering and scheduling each patient
    • Local promotion and advertisement of van day (materials will be provided by the DFMV)
    • Ensure parking for van and van staff, and obtain City permit if needed
    • Arrange for interpreter services as needed

    Case Manager will be responsible for:

    • Distributing abnormal reports to the patient’s primary care provider
    • Ensuring and monitoring that each follow-up patient’s care is continued until completion

    Mammography Van Request Form 

    If a screening day isn't right for you, we can offer a booth day with information and material about Dana-Farber's Mammography Van. Booth days are not guaranteed and are on a case by case basis; please inquire about availability at 617-632-1974. 

    Booth day requirements:

    • Information about your event
    • A contact person
    • Information on population of the community/who is being targeted
    • Any advertisement that will be going out about your event
    • Location
    • Tables and chairs

    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.

    For for-profits: How to host the Mammography Van

    If you’re interested in hosting the van come for your site, here are the requirements:

    • Contact person
    • Ensure level parking for van, van staff, and obtain city permit, if needed
    • Local promotion and advertisement of van day (materials will be provided by the DFMV)
    • Your site must be within 35 miles of Boston
    • Payment of fee

    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.

    Mammography Van Request Form 

    If a screening day isn't right for you, we can offer a booth day with information and material about Dana-Farber's Mammography Van. Booth days are not guaranteed and are on a case-by-case basis, depending on staff availability.

    Booth day requirements:

    • Information about your event
    • Contact person
    • Information on population of the community/who is being targeted
    • Any advertisement that will be going out about your event
    • Location
    • Tables and chairs

    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.

    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions (Español)

    "En camino a la buena salud"

    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!

    ¿Por qué obtener una mamografía cada año?

    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!

    ¿Quién debe tener una mamografía en la Unidad Móvil?

    • Mujeres que tengan 40 años o más
    • Mujeres que no han tenido una mamografía en los últimos doce meses
    • Mujeres que no tienen problemas del seno
    • Mujeres con seguro médico
    • Mujeres que tengan un médico. Si usted no tiene un doctor, nosotros con mucho gusto le ayudaremos a conseguir uno antes de su mamografía.

    ¿Quién trabaja en la camioneta de la Unidad Móvil?

    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!

    ¿Cómo puedo registrarme?

    Debe registrarse por adelantado. Llámenos para saber como obtener una mamografia. ¡Su llamada es muy importante y nos gustaría hablar con usted!

    Frequently Asked Questions (Kreyòl)

    "Sou chemen bòn santé"

    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!

    Pouki pou m fè yon mamogram chak ané?

    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!

    Kilès ki ka fè mamogram nan otobis la?

    • Fanm ki gen 40 an oswa pi plis
    • Fanm ki pat fè yon mamogram nan 12 dènyé mwa yo
    • Fanm ki pa gen pwoblèm nan tété-l epòk sa
    • Fanm ki gen asirans
    • Fanm ki gen yon moun ki pran swen-l (doktè oswa enfimyè). Si w pa gen yonn, n ap byen kontan pou nou ede w jwenn yonn anvan randevou mamogram lan.

    Kilès ki ap travay nan otobis la?

    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.

    Kijan m ka anrejistré?

    Ou dwé anrejistré davans. Relé nou pou w konnen si otobis mamografi ya sé koté ki pibon pou ou. Nou ta renmen tandé w!

    Van Calendar

    patient and technician on the Mammography VanDana-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 mammo_van@dfci.harvard.edu.

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    November 2014

    Wednesday, November 5

    Natick Community Health Center

    Thursday, November 6

    Geiger Gibson Community Health Center

    Wednesday, November 12

    Joseph Smith Community Health Center -- Allston

    Wednesday, November 19

    The Dimock Center

    Tuesday, November 25

    South End Community Health Center

    Wednesday, November 26

    Joseph Smith Community Health Center -- Waltham

    December 2014

    Tuesday, December 2

    The Dimock Center

    Thursday, December 4

    Brookside Community Health Center

    Wednesday, December 10

    Joseph Smith Community Health Center -- Allston

    Thursday, December 11

    Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center

    Tuesday, December 16

    Bowdoin Street Health Center

    Wednesday, December 17

    Joseph Smith Community Health Center -- Waltham

    Thursday, December 18

    Brockton Neighborhood Health Center

    January 2015

    Wednesday, January 14

    Joseph Smith Community Health Center -- Allston

    Tuesday, January 20

    Bowdoin Street Health Center

    Wednesday, January 21

    The Dimock Center

    Tuesday, January 27

    South End Community Health Center

    Wednesday, January 28

    Joseph Smith Community Health Center -- Waltham

    Sites Served

    The following list includes all sites served by Dana-Farber's Mammography Van since 2002. The Van visited some sites monthly, some quarterly, some annually, and some only once.

    Allston/Brighton
    • Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly
    • Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center
    Boston
    • Boston City Hall
    • Boston Medical Center
    • Boston's Healthcare for the Homeless
    • Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Vida Church
    • Long Island Shelter
    • Longwood Medical Area
    • MA Mental Health Center
    • Pine Street Inn
    • South Bay Prison
    • St. Anthony Shrine
    • Tenant Development Corp-CORNU
    Brockton
    • Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly
    • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
    Cambridge
    • Cambridge/Somerville Elder Services
    Charlestown
    • MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center
    Chinatown
    • South Cove Community Health Center
    Dorchester
    • Bowdoin Street Health Center
    • Dorchester House
    • Geiger Gibson Community Health Center
    • Greater Love Tabernacle Church
    • Haitian Multi-Service Center
    • Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center
    • Kit Clark Senior Services
    • Neponset Health Center
    Fenway
    • Fenway Community Health Center
    Hull
    • Manet Community Health Center
    Hyde Park
    • Hyde Park Women's Health
    • River Street Clinic
    Jamaica Plain
    • Brookside Community Health Center
    • Martha Eliot Health Center
    • Southern Jamaica Plain Community Health Center
    Lawrence
    • Lawrence Senior Center
    • YWCA of Greater Lawrence
    • M.A.P.S.
    Mattapan
    • Mattapan Community Health Center
    • Mattapan Community Center
    • River St Medical Office
    • Tabernacle Baptist Church
    • Voice of the Gospel Tabernacle Church
    Mission Hill
    • Mission Park Housing - CORNU
    Natick
    • Embrace A Family
    Roslindale
    • Greater Roslindale Medical & Dental Center
    • Tabernacle Baptist Congregational Church
    Roxbury
    • Camfield Estates
    • The Dimock Center
    • Reggie Lewis Athletic Center
    • Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center
    • St. Joseph's Community Inc. - CORNU
    • Whittier Street Health Center
    South Boston
    • South Boston Community Health Center
    South End
    • Grant Manor Homeowners Assoc. - CORNU
    • South End Community Health Center
    • Villa Victoria - CORNU
    Waltham
    • Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center
    Corporations
    • Biogen Idec
    • EMC Corporation
    • GE Aviation
    • Haemonetics
    • Liberty Mutual Insurance Co
    • Massachusetts Medical Society
    • New Balance
    • Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
    • NSTAR
    • One Beacon Insurance
    • Reebok/Rockport
    • TJX
    • Tufts Health Plan
    • Vertex
     

    Van Fact Sheet

    Dana-Farber's Mammography Van program launched in April 2002 as a joint venture between the 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 seeks to reduce breast cancer morbidity and mortality, improve access to quality care, and address health disparities experienced by women of racial, ethnic and other minority populations in the City of Boston.
    • Mammography screenings are performed by skilled, licensed technologists, and images are interpreted by Board-certified radiologists with extensive experience dedicated to mammography from both the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Only 8.78 percent of patients screened on the Van receive a recommendation for breast follow-up; patients receive follow-up at the hospital of their choice.
    • The Mammography Van serves all medically eligible women in the City of Boston.
    • The Van is out in the community 3-4 days per week, serving on average 25 women per day, 296 per month, and 3,500 per year.
    • Since program inception in April 2002, the Van has provided more than 34,000 mammograms to more than 16,000 individual women in the City of Boston and surrounding towns.
    • In 2012, 33.2 percent of Van patients were new, and 67 percent had had a previous mammogram on the Van. Of those who returned to the Van for their annual mammogram, 42 percent returned on a "timely" (annual) basis.
    • The priority populations served by the Van are low-income, elderly, and medically underserved women who are least likely to get a mammogram otherwise.
    • More than 57 percent of women seen on the Van speak a first language other than English, more than 68 percent are uninsured or publicly insured, and more than 86.2 percent are of ethnic minority background.
    • The Van was on the road 143 days over the past year, providing breast cancer screening and educational services to 3,556 women at approximately 28 different community sites, such as neighborhood health centers and a women's prison.
    • For more information on Dana-Farber's Mammography Van, please call the Van office at 617-632-1974.
    • For breast cancer facts and figures, please call the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345 or visit their website.
    • Dana-Farber's Mammography Van possesses a valid license and certificate of inspection issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
     

    Contact Us

    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.

    Mailing Address:

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Department of Imaging
    Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van
    450 Brookline Ave
    Boston, MA 02215
    Phone: 617-632-1974
    Fax: 617-632-2655
    Email: mammo_van@dfci.harvard.edu 

     
     
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