The Breast Center at Carroll Hospital Center provides a full range of therapeutic options to detect and treat breast cancer. Located in The Women’s Place, The Breast Center features clinical expertise, extensive support, educational resources and a deeply caring approach to ensure your dignity and confidence.
The center complements our state-of-the-art clinical services that include digital mammograms, minimally invasive breast biopsies and comprehensive breast cancer care.
Consultative services provided by The Breast Center are free of charge and available the moment you walk through our doors. We offer a supportive, patient-focused environment that includes the following services:
Cancer Care Navigators
The cancer navigation specialists at Carroll Hospital Center and Carroll Regional Cancer Center will help you through the uncertain terrain of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. These specialists can provide cancer coordination tools and resources based on your specific needs, free of charge. Call 410-871-6161 or 410-871-7473 for more information.
Surgical Consultation (usually within 24 to 48 hours of referral)
Should a diagnostic mammogram reveal the need for further testing, a consultation with a surgical specialist is often recommended to discuss whether or not a breast biopsy is indicated. When a biopsy is deemed appropriate, a surgeon from The Breast Center will consult with you and your family to discuss biopsy options — usually within 24 to 48 hours. Our cancer navigators can help arrange this consultation and offer education materials to help you in your decision.
Breast Cancer Peer Consultation
The Breast Center is host to a network of cancer survivors who share their experiences with you. In a warm, private atmosphere, you can learn more about surgical and non-surgical treatments, side effects, and coping strategies from women who have faced the same challenges and choices.
The Boutique at the Women’s Place
Women undergoing chemotherapy or other breast cancer treatments may understandably be concerned about their appearance. The Women’s Place is proud to offer an onsite boutique that specializes in merchandise for women with cancer. Wigs, hats, turbans, breast prostheses and mastectomy bras are available by appointment. Call 410-871-6161.
Complementary Health Services
Acupuncture, massage, yoga, reiki, reflexology
Through The Women’s Place, a wide range of therapies are available to complement and enhance your breast cancer treatment program. Our massage providers are certified in cancer and mastectomy massage to help ease anxiety, manage pain, and improve your well being. Acupuncture, reflexology and reiki services also are available.
Educational and Support Programs
Whether you’re newly diagnosed with breast cancer or a breast cancer survivor, you’re not alone. Our breast cancer support group meets monthly at The Women’s Place to offer an informed, sensitive and caring forum for frank discussion of breast cancer issues. We also offer the American Cancer Society’s free “Look Good Feel Better” program each month to help women cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments.
The Red Devils
Support for women with breast cancer when you need it most
The Women’s Place can provide much-needed relief and support for Maryland women undergoing treatment for breast cancer through a partnership with The Red Devils, a Maryland non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of breast cancer patients and their loved ones by providing help with everyday tasks. This local program is funded through a generous grant from the Maryland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and request are filled according to the order in which they are received.
The Red Devils services include:
For more information about The Red Devils services call:
Eileen Overfelt, R.N., B.S.N., The Women’s Place Manager, at 410-871-6163
or Tricia Wagman, R.N., B.S.N., Patient Educator, at 410-871-6842
The Resource Center Library
More than 1300 books and CDs are available to you free of charge through the Resource Center Library, located at The Women’s Place. Topics include a variety of health information in addition to cancer. Visitors may borrow library materials for up to 10 days with a Women’s Place library card.
Diagnostic Digital Mammograms
If you’ve been notified that you need a diagnostic mammogram following your initial screening mammogram, we’ll make it easy to schedule this follow-up procedure at one of our imaging centers in Westminster or Eldersburg. Offered by our imaging partner, Advanced Radiology, all mammograms are digital, for enhanced accuracy, shorter appointments and easier retrieval, storage and comparison.The diagnostic mammogram is designed to investigate any possible abnormalities seen on your screening mammogram. It is “read” by specially trained breast imaging radiologists, who will review your results while you wait and discuss their findings with you. In most cases, abnormal findings on a mammogram do not indicate cancer and many women learn that no further action is needed.
Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsies
Including stereotactic, ultrasound-guided and surgicalBiopsies involve taking a small sample of tissue to determine whether the abnormality found on a diagnostic mammogram or other breast imaging test is cancerous. A high percentage of breast lesions are found to be benign. Through our partner, Advanced Radiology, we offer the latest minimally invasive breast biopsy procedures, including stereotactic, ultrasound-guided and surgical biopsies. Performed by specially trained radiologists and surgeons, most biopsies are conducted within an hour or two and many require only a local anesthetic, allowing you to return to your daily routine with only a slight tenderness in the breast area.
Sentinel Node Biopsy
This accurate, safe procedure was developed to determine if cancer has spread to the surrounding lymph nodes without having to undergo extensive removal. Surgeons specially trained in this procedure can identify the sentinel nodes (the first few nodes to which cancer cells can migrate) using a special dye. They remove the sentinel nodes and analyze them under a microscope to determine if cancer is present. Most patients with early breast cancer test negative for lymph node involvement.
Comprehensive Cancer Care
Our comprehensive breast cancer services include lumpectomy, chemotherapy, pain management and other treatments. Radiation therapy and the latest clinical trials are also available at Carroll Regional Cancer Center, located on the hospital’s campus. For a referral, call our physician referral line at 410-871-6400.
|The Breast Center
|Cancer Support Group
|Cancer Care Navigators
|Carroll Cancer Center
|Complementary Health Services
|Diagnostic Imaging/Advanced Radiology
|Education and Support Programs
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