Dr. Bert Petersen and Dr. Ruth Cassidy give News 12 a tour through the soon-to-open Women’s Imaging Center at the new SBH Health and Wellness Center, stressing the importance of the advanced technology that will be offered here.
The Comprehensive Breast Disease Program at SBH Health System offers treatment options, hope, and compassion to patients with breast cancer along with their family and friends.
Patient Care and Treatment
Patients, family and friends are able to speak to any number of physician specialists about their diagnosis and treatment options. Our care team includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, plastic and reconstructive specialists, social workers and patient navigators.
Our program provides convenient, stress-free access to preventive, diagnostic and treatment alternatives for benign and cancerous conditions. This includes 3D mammography, which research has shown is a more precise way of examining breast tissue to determine masses and distortions associated with cancers than conventional 2D mammography. Studies have shown that with 3D mammography doctors detect between 20 and 65 percent more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D technology alone. This is truly a “game changer,” as early diagnosis remains a key factor in determining the outcome of breast cancer treatment. Patients requiring surgery benefit from our philosophy of breast conservation, through lumpectomy, onco-plastic procedures as well as nipple-sparring mastectomies. Board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons are introduced to patients shortly after their diagnosis to discuss treatment options that are best for the patient.
Hospital-based support groups led by trained social workerssB provide counseling and emotional support on issues such as anxiety and treatment compliance to ensure that every patient has the best possible outcome.