Jefferson University Hospitals


Mastalgia is breast pain and is generally classified as either cyclical (associated with menstrual periods) or noncyclical, meaning the pain is present all the time. If you experience pain in your breasts, you should seek medical attention.

The caring and experienced staff of the Jefferson Breast Care Center can help to accurately diagnose the cause of your pain. For noncyclical mastalgia, treatments such dietary changes, vitamin supplements or supplemental hormones may help.

Noncyclical mastalgia is more difficult to diagnose and treat, not only because it is difficult to pinpoint the cause but also because the pain is not hormonal. Our Center specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating many different breast conditions, including noncyclical mastalgia.

A multidisciplinary team of experts including oncologists, surgeons, pathologists and other breast cancer specialists provide risk assessment, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for all women. This coordinated team approach can reduce the stress of dealing with a breast health problem or a breast cancer diagnosis. We will tailor treatment and care to your specific needs.

From the time you make your first appointment through any treatment you may need or accessing follow-up care, your breast care coordinator will be there with you at every step. Whether you have questions about screening, what your test results mean or what the next step in your care should be, our specially trained coordinator will assist and guide you through the treatment process.

Our Breast Care Center is certified by the Commission on Cancer and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and has full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers (NAPBC). Administered by the American College of Surgeons, the NAPBC recognizes centers that achieve the highest standards for breast cancer treatment in the areas of leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.

Because we know that early detection increases survival rates, the Jefferson Honickman Breast Imaging Center was opened in 2007. Offering the latest diagnostic imaging technology and staffed by specialized breast radiologists and technologists, our experts are there to provide you clinical expertise in screening and detection of breast abnormalities. The Imaging Center offers screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI and both surgical and nonsurgical biopsies.