by Barb Manning
Breast cancer touches almost every one’s life. Having access to correct information and vital resources when you address the question of cancer in your life is essential. In America, only lung cancer accounts for more deaths among women. Breast cancer continues to be the number one cause of cancer in women, with over 230,000 new cases diagnosed annually.
In Northwest Ohio there are a number of resources to assist you, including the ProMedica Breast Care Center, Mercy Women’s Care, Toledo Radiation Oncology, Susan G Komen Northwest Ohio and the YWCA’s EncorePlus Program.
The ProMedica Breast Care Center within Toledo Hospital offers access to a full range of the latest clinical breast care screening and diagnostic services in the community. The Center provides 3D mammography (tomosyntheses), dedicated breast MRI, breast ultrasound, image-guided real-time breast biopsy, and molecular breast imaging (MBI). Digital breast tomosyntheses provides a higher accuracy than conventional mammography, especially for women with dense breast tissue.
“Once a woman comes to ProMedica Breast Care, our goal is to get answers quickly,” says, Dr. Robin Shermis, Medical Director. “We are the only breast imaging facility in the region that gives same day results for ALL studies, including breast MRI and MBI.”
At Mercy Women’s Care 3D mammography (screening and diagnostic), Breast Ultrasound (diagnostics, cyst aspiration, and core biopsy), Pelvic Ultrasounds, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy and Wire Localization are available, as well as other services for women.
Mercy is the first in the area to achieve Breast Center Accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures you have access to comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the art services. It insures the best treatment options and makes available information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.
At the Toledo Radiation Oncology physicians can treat certain patients in the prone position. This utilizes a custom prone breast board which can significantly decrease the skin reaction from radiation and can decrease radiation dose to the heart and lungs. At some radiation centers, select patients may also be candidates for partial breast radiation therapy, which allows radiation to be delivered to the tumor bed using a balloon device.
Once you receive a diagnosis of breast cancer, you can find support and community from Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio. Over the past 21 years Komen Northwest Ohio raised $11 million in local grants to support screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Komen offers a wealth of resources to women and men dealing with the question of cancer, Komen can help make you stronger in the fight against cancer and its effects on your life.
In addition the YWCA’s EncorePlus Program offers breast cancer awareness, screenings, and outreach programs for the individuals lacking sufficient insurance in Northwest Ohio. The EncorePlus program offers one-to-one support after questionable screening results and women on Medicaid and Medicare can learn about their mammogram screening benefits.
If the question of cancer enters your life, the resources detailed above can provide valuable, if not life-saving assistance in the struggle to regain your health.
American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Facts & Figures: cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics
Mercy Women’s Care: mercyweb.org/services-womens
ProMedica Breast Care: Centerpromedica.org/womens-services
Komen Northwest Ohio: komennwohio.org
Toledo Radition Oncology: toledoradonc.com
YWCA EncorePlus Program: ywcanwo.org