Breast Care

Harris Regional Hospital offers the latest advances in detecting and treating breast cancer at the earliest possible stage.

Digital mammography is available at Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. Our breast care experts suggest that women over 40 years of age get a mammogram once a year to aid in the earliest possible detection of breast cancer.

To schedule a mammogram, obtain an order from your primary care physician or gynecologist. You or your physician’s practice may call the Harris Regional Hospital Scheduling Department at 586-7950 to schedule.

In the event that you should need cancer care, a network of skilled providers is available to guide you through the treatment process in a compassionate way, providing insight and expertise at every level of treatment.

Are you at risk for breast cancer? Complete this questionnaire to determine if you would benefit from a formal breast cancer risk evaluation with a breast surgeon at Harris Regional Hospital.  


Nurse Navigator Program

Harris Regional Hospital offers a unique Breast Care Nurse Navigator, a registered nurse whose role is specifically to offer guidance through the breast cancer treatment process, from diagnosis to chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Services include Breast MRI, Mammography, Screening mammograms and diagnostic mammograms, Breast ultrasounds and also ultrasound breast biopsies. Stereotactic breast biopsies are completed in our women's imaging center as well as bone density test. A radiologist is on site and breast care surgeons are readily available for consultation

Carol Van Cleve, BSN, RN ONS, AONN

Carol currently serves as the Breast Care Nurse Navigator and brings years of clinical experience to the position. Carol is available to offer insight and education and answer questions about important topics related to your diagnosis and care, as well as to help schedule appointments, network with providers, and stay informed throughout the treatment process.

Contact Carol Vancleve to learn more about nurse navigation services at Harris Regional Hospital

Call 828-631-8100


3D Mammography

Benefits of 3D Mammograms

Three-dimensional mammography creates a three-dimensional picture of the breast using X-rays. Several low-dose images from different angles around the breast are used to create the 3D picture. A conventional mammogram creates a two-dimensional image of the breast from two X-ray images of each breast. Several studies have found that 3D mammograms find more cancers than traditional 2D mammograms and also reduce the number of false positives. A 3D mammogram at Harris Regional Hospital can improve cancer detection by 40%*.


Commonly Asked Questions

Q: What to expect?
A: 3D mammography is very similar to having a traditional mammogram. As with a 2D mammogram, your breast will be compressed between two plates, and adding 3D imaging to the standard mammogram only adds a few extra seconds.

Q: Does 3D mammography have a higher radiation dose?
A: 3D imaging has a slightly higher dose than traditional 2D, the total dosage is within acceptable FDA guidelines.

Q: Who interprets my mammogram?
A: At Harris Regional Hospital our technologists are fully accredited and certified by the American College of Radiology to provide the highest quality screening mammography services. Our digital mammograms are interpreted by the physicians of Haywood Medical Imaging who together have more than 100 years of experience in interpretation of mammograms and other breast imaging procedures.

Q: What happens if I am diagnosed with cancer?
A: If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, there are comprehensive services available to you right here at home. Harris Regional offers a multidisciplinary approach to your care and will help coordinate your personal treatment with a Nurse Navigator by your side. Working together, oncology physicians and general surgeons will help determine the best course of care for you and determine the treatment that is specific to your diagnosis. You will also be provided the latest information on clinical trials, genetic counseling, multi-gene tumor analysis, and testing referrals. Following surgery, a certified physical therapist is available for lymphedema therapy to help minimize arm swelling.


Having expertise in breast care right here at home means there is no need to travel out of Jackson County for the treatment you require. 

*breastcancer.org