Our Services

Breast Center

Technology & Procedures

Our comprehensive, multidisciplinary program offers expertly trained staff, the latest technology & compassionate care.


All patients treated at the Backus Breast Center are considered for eligibility into protocols/research studies.

The center offers a wide variety of national, regional, and institutional-based trials. The research team attends Breast Tumor Boards to determine individual patient eligibility for clinical trials. The center is actively involved and dedicated to breast health research endeavors.

Eastern Connecticut Hematology and Oncology (ECHO) collaborates with Backus Hospital and The Dr. Sultan Ahamed Radiation Therapy Center to offer numerous clinical trials for cancer patients. The staff at ECHO is very committed to being forerunners in research and clinical trials for oncology and hematology related conditions.    Each breast cancer patient is screened for a clinical trial and if eligible is invited to participate in the clinical trial. This allows the patient to be treated in their own community and have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial which sometimes are only available at academic centers.  ECHO has been conducting clinical trials for over thirty years.  ECHO participates in many clinical trials, as a part of large cooperative oncology groups (ECOG, NRG , CTSU) or pharmaceutical industry sponsored trials. A list of available clinical trials may be accessed on ECHO website.


Our board-certified surgeons offer a comprehensive array of surgical options, including breast conservation and mastectomy.

Our center also offers on-site preoperative consultations with our board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss immediate versus delayed breast reconstruction options.

Medical Oncology

We partner with the most highly trained physicians at Eastern Connecticut Hematology and Oncology.

With many years of training and experience, they offer the latest expertise in evaluating and managing breast cancer, as well as clinical trials, support groups, mentors and more.

Radiation Therapy

The Backus Breast Center strives to provide the latest technology in radiation therapy at our center.

This collaborative effort allows patients to access a wide array of resources including expertly trained radiation oncologists, dosimetrists, physicists, radiation therapists, nurses along with access to clinical trials and state-of-the-art radiation treatment delivery.


Our board-certified pathologists have special expertise in breast disease, and follow the evidence-based guidelines established by the College of American Pathologists.

Diagnostic Imaging

Our board-certified and fellowship trained breast radiologists have expertise in reading a wide range of breast imaging studies.

Our radiology department is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Furthermore, we have accreditation in a full range of breast imaging modalities including mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound–guided biopsy, and breast MRIs and MRI–guided biopsy.