The Center for Breast Health
Located on the second floor of the Charles O. Fisher Medical Building at Carroll Hospital Center, the Center for Breast Health is a collaboration between the hospital and Advanced Radiology to provide centralized resources and fully integrative care to meet your individual needs.
The center features a distinguished medical team, leading technologies, extensive support and educational resources to guide patients through benign breast health conditions and breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship.
Our health navigators have one mission–to offer you heartfelt support and guidance as you make a series of informed decisions about your care with your physician. They can assist with support of virtually every aspect of diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship.
Breast Cancer Peer Consultation
The Center for Breast Health is host to a network of cancer survivors who share their experiences to support, comfort and inform. In a warm, private atmosphere, you can learn more about surgical and non-surgical treatment methods, side effects and coping strategies from those who have successfully faced similar choices and challenges.
Women undergoing chemotherapy or other breast cancer treatments may understandably be concerned about their appearance. The Women’s Place, in the Richard N. Dixon Building on the hospital campus, is proud to offer a 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 for more information or to make an appointment.
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.
Whether you’re a breast cancer survivor or newly diagnosed, you are not alone. The Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Outpatient Center Classroom. This supportive community offers an informed, sensitive and caring forum for open and frank discussion of breast cancer issues. The Breast Cancer: Beginning the Journey Support Group is for newly diagnosed cancer patients within one month of diagnosis. Meet with physicians and health navigators in an informal setting to have your questions answered and receive support. Open to men and women, the group meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Outpatient Center Classroom. In addition, the American Cancer Society’s free Look Good Feel Better program is offered monthly to help people cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments. Call 410-871-7000 or visit our support groups page for a complete list of programs and support groups.
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 requests are filled according to the order in which they are received.
The Red Devils services include:
For more information about The Red Devils services, please call Mary Peloquin at 410-871-7119.
Through the Resource Center Library at The Women’s Place, you’ll have access to a large variety of books and CDs dealing with hundreds of health-related topics in addition to cancer. Visitors can borrow library materials for up to 10 days with a Women’s Place library card.
Clinical Services for Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Care
Diagnostic Mammograms through Advanced Radiology
In most cases, abnormal mammograms are not indicative of cancer. After receiving an abnormal mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram is usually scheduled. The Center for Breast Health and its affiliate, Advanced Radiology, understand the stress associated with finding out you need to follow p on your screening mammogram. That’s why we make it easy to schedule your diagnostic mammogram. This safe and quick procedure, performed by a trained breast imaging specialist and reviewed by board-certified physicians, is designed to investigate any abnormalities seen on a mammogram.
Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsies
While a high percentage of breast lesions identified on mammograms are benign, tissue samples are often needed to be certain. You can find comfort in knowing that the latest minimally invasive breast biopsy procedures are offered at Advanced Radiology. Performed by specially trained radiologists and surgeons, a full range of biopsy options are available, from surgical biopsies to stereotactic and ultrasound-guided procedures. Most are conducted within an hour or two in a private setting and 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 highly accurate, safe procedure was developed to avoid extensive removal of the lymph nodes. Surgeons specially trained in this technique identify only the sentinel nodes–the first one or two lymph nodes to which cancer cells can migrate–using a special dye. By removal and microscopic analysis of the sentinel nodes, your surgeon can determine if cancer has spread to the surrounding lymph nodes. Many early breast cancer patients test negative in sentinel node biopsy, decreasing the need for further surgery.
Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation
Carroll Hospital Center’s Carroll Regional Cancer Center offers five-day targeted radiation treatments, sometimes referred to as “MammoSite” or “SAVI,” which deliver radiation directly to the tumor site. This procedure is not for everyone; please talk to your physician about treatment options.
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 on the hospital’s campus. For a referral, call our physician referral line at 410-871-7000.
|The Center for Breast Health
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|Carroll Regional Cancer Center
|Complementary Health Services
|Diagnostic Imaging/Advanced Radiology
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