Helping Save Lives by Fighting Breast Cancer
At Mercy Breast Care Center, we’re committed to helping you take charge of your breast health. We offer comprehensive screening and diagnostic services for women and men through a coordinated approach of an interdisciplinary team of radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, nurses and technologists.
Our center is a technologically advanced diagnostic department that offers the latest services in breast health including screening and diagnostic digital mammography, 3-D breast tomosynthesis, ultrasound, ultrasound-guided biopsy, needle localizations, stereotactic core biopsy and MRI breast imaging and biopsies. Exemplifying our commitment to high quality, we also use a computer-aided device (CAD system) as a “second-look” aid to radiologists in the interpretation of mammograms.
Mercy Breast Care Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
Our desire is to set you at ease about mammography and related diagnostic procedures. That is why we take a personal, confidential approach, providing not only medical services, but also individual case management when necessary.
Our dedicated Breast Nurse Coordinator sees all patients who have an irregular mammogram, offering support and information; answering questions; and acting as a liaison between you, referring physicians and – if necessary – surgeons and medical oncologists. The Nurse Coordinator also stays with you during all procedures at the Mercy Breast Care Center and will maintain contact with you throughout any subsequent treatment.
If you’re over 40, physicians recommend an annual x-ray examination of the breast, also known as a screening mammogram. It’s used to detect cancer that may be too small for you or your doctor to find.
Mercy offers seven mammography sites with private rooms and a female staff of certified technologists. Our state-of-the-art mammography equipment delivers low-dose x-ray radiation, and all facilities have been accredited by the American College of Radiology. Our clinical staff is comprised of board certified radiologists who specialize in mammography. Mercy has also achieved the highest ratings under the MQSA (Mammography Quality Standards Act).
Digital and 3D mammograms are available at Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Health Center of Alliance, Mercy Health Center of Carroll County, Mercy Health Center of Louisville, Mercy Health Center of Massillon, and Mercy Health Center of Tuscarawas County.
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Breast MRI and MRI-guided Breast Biopsy
A breast MRI employs magnetization and radio waves instead of x-rays to produce detailed images of the breast tissue. An MRI-guided breast biopsy – appropriate in high-risk cases where mammography is not sensitive enough to detect abnormalities – takes less an hour and minimizes the need for a larger surgery, a bigger incision and more tissue removal. Recovery time is brief, sutures are not required, a patients can return to normal activities almost immediately.
Stereotactic breast biopsy
This procedure is done with a special mammographic machine that uses mammogram images from two views with a computer that calculates the precise location of a breast mass or calcifications, then guides the placement of the biopsy needle.
3D Breast Tomosynthesis
Two Selenia® Dimensions® system’s Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ units by Hologic have been added to our arsenal of breast cancer detection tools. The revolutionary Selenia Dimensions system, which has set the new standard in mammography screening, provides exceptionally sharp images, advanced clinical applications, and ergonomic design for patient comfort and ease of operation. Breast tomosynthesis offers a 41% increase in invasive breast cancer detection advantage over 2D mammography and up to 40% reduction in false positive recalls.
Board Certified Breast Surgeons
For individuals who must undergo breast surgery for cancer, our board certified breast surgeons are involved early in care planning process.
Mercy Surgeon’s Cancer Diagnosis Brings New Understanding To Caring for Patients
Dr. Greg Boone (pictured center) is a general surgeon at Mercy who also performs many breast cancer surgeries each year. What many people don’t know about Dr. Boone is that he is a prostate cancer survivor. Dr. Boone shares with us the importance of early screening and detection along with his thoughts on how prostate cancer has made him a better doctor:
Despite having told innumerable people that they had cancer, I was completely unprepared to be on the receiving end of that news. At age 43, I was given the unlikely news that I had prostate cancer. One week later, I was the one lying on the operating table instead of standing beside it, as I underwent a radical prostatectomy. Despite surgery going well, I just couldn’t convince myself that I wasn’t going to die from my disease anyway. The fear was nearly crippling and, contrary to what you might think, given my medical background as a breast cancer surgeon, I had no idea how to deal with it.
In many years of caring for breast cancer patients, I could never understand how some patients failed to go for their follow-up mammograms after their diagnosis. Sure the follow-up might reveal a new or recurrent problem, but not getting the mammogram didn’t make the problem disappear—it just prevented early intervention. It was only when I went to my first post-op PSA and was faced with the prospect of learning that my tumor had not been completely removed or had spread that I finally learned how powerfully fear could impact behavior. I understood. I almost didn’t go for that blood test, and when I did, I was nearly paralyzed by the fear of what it might show.
It took me months, and a literal smack on the back of the head by a psychiatrist friend, before I realized that the only way to get beyond my fear was to begin talking about it. This is where my breast cancer patients came to the rescue. I began to share with my patients that I too had cancer. It was amazing: as soon as I told them, I was no longer this stranger in a white coat threatening them with surgical scalpels and drugs. I was one of them! We could sit and cry together. I could tell them my story, and how scared I was—even as a surgeon who studied and practiced medicine every day—and told them that it was okay for them to be scared too. I’d been there. I understood.
Breast Surgery Education Class
Mercy offers a special class with a personalized educational notebook for women undergoing breast surgery for cancer. Specially trained nurses and therapists teach the class and answer any questions a woman may have prior to and after surgery. Women need only tell their surgeon they would like to attend and your physician’s office can make the arrangements. For more information, you can contact 330-580-4727.
Breast Cancer Support Services
Mercy Breast Care Center offers a variety of programs focused on special breast health needs of women, including breast cancer prevention, education and support services.
For more information about support services, call 330-430-2777.
Although African American women are less likely to develop breast cancer than other races, statistics show their mortality rate is higher. To address this concern, Mercy Cancer Center adopted a local chapter of the African American Women Nurturing and Giving Each Other Life (ANGEL) Network. Read more about Mercy ANGELs.