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Breast Health Services

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At Bearden-Josey, our goal is to find breast cancer before it causes symptoms, when it is most treatable and less likely to have spread to other areas. When breast cancer is detected early, it can be treated more successfully – and that saves thousands of lives each year.

Education, Screening & Detection

Advanced digital mammography uses digital radiographic images to examine your breast tissue and can help identify tumors that are too small to be felt during a physical exam or self-exam. Compared with traditional x-ray film technology, digital mammography produces clearer images, reduces exposure to radiation, and can be read immediately by skilled radiologists using computer-aided detection software, reducing the need for retests. Because digital images are stored on computer, they are always available when needed for consultation and comparison.

Free breast health awareness programs can be presented anywhere women who want to keep themselves well informed gather. From churches to libraries, meetings of clubs and civic organizations to employer-sponsored health fairs, our breast health experts come to you. If your group would like to schedule an educational program, please call 864-560-6747.

Screenings and community outreach programs are held on-site at area businesses and industries, health fairs, churches, community centers and other locations, reaching out to women who may not have access to care because of time, transportation, insurance coverage, or awareness issues.

Mammography assistance program provides free and reduced-cost mammography to women in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties who are uninsured and would otherwise be unable to afford this life-saving screening.

Mobile mammography reaches out to women who may not have access to care because they lack time, transportation, insurance coverage, or awareness. The mobile mammography unit conducts on-site screenings at area businesses and industries, health fairs, churches, community centers and other locations.

Continuing education programs help equip area medical professionals to provide their own patients with the most attentive care and referrals.

Cancer Learning Center library and media center offers the latest information on breast cancer and treatments, and its staff is always available to help you find what you need.

Center for Healing uses spa-like techniques and therapies to help reduce stress, tension and anxiety.

Energy for Life creates rehabilitation programs through physical and creative therapies.

High Risk Breast Clinic helps women who run a greater than normal risk of developing breast cancer understand the facts in their own personal situation, learn specific techniques to reduce their risks, and get access to screenings, treatments, tests and tools that protect their health. In addition, it offers resources to ease emotional, social and family pressures, ranging from support groups and massage therapy to genetic counseling and clinical research trials.

Bone densitometry measures the mineral density of specific bones, to assess your risk of fractures, arthritis and injury from falls. If your doctor suspects that you might have osteoporosis, a loss in bone mass due to aging, you may be asked to have a bone density exam so that you can take preventive or corrective measures.

Diagnosis, Evaluation & Support

Multi-disciplinary Care Conferences meet weekly to ensure that you are receiving the best, most appropriate, most advanced care. Each multidisciplinary team – a close collaboration among oncologists and other medical specialists such as radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, genetic counselors, nurses, nurse practitioners, and integrated healing therapists – comes together for an intensive one-day conference to create a precise treatment plan based on your specific health risks and physical condition.

Personal nurse navigators are specially trained Clinical Breast Health Registered Nurses who are there to support you throughout your evaluation, diagnosis and treatment every step of the way. Your personal nurse navigator is the primary link between you and all aspects of your care, making sure you get the holistic care you need, including psychosocial, emotional, financial and spiritual support.

Digital diagnostic mammography follows the same procedures as a screening mammogram, but includes more images, focuses on specific areas of concern, and allows multiple views that can be magnified and manipulated to show greater detail. Digital mammograms are much clearer and more accurate than older x-ray technology.

Breast ultrasound is used in conjunction with mammography to evaluate specific problem areas that were identified in your screening. Ultrasound (also called sonography) can often distinguish between a liquid-filled cyst and a solid mass.

Breast MRI is used to further evaluate areas of concern, to determine the extent of existing cancer, to check breast implants for leaks or ruptures, or for high-risk examinations. Bearden-Josey is one of the only facilities in the region equipped with 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the most powerful scanner available for clinical use. Because 3 Tesla is two to five times stronger than a standard MRI, it produces the clearest, most detailed images, so you can count on the most accurate diagnosis.

Image-guided breast biopsy is a non-surgical option used to determine whether or not a growth or suspicious area is cancerous.

Needle Localization is a pre-surgical procedure, performed under local anesthesia, that helps your surgeon accurately remove the suspicious tissue while minimizing the removal of healthy breast tissue.

Second opinion clinic is a formalized consultation in which a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists and other medical professionals reviews and evaluates your treatment plan. Getting a second opinion is an excellent way to become better informed and to make sure that you have access to all the benefits of specialized expertise.

Treatment, Recovery & Survivorship

Radiation oncology is the medical use of ionizing radiation to treat cancerous cells. Radiation treatment and processes may include:

  • CT simulation determines the exact size and location of the area to be treated for accurate positioning
  • Computerized treatment planning is used to determine and control the shape and dose of radiation.
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) minimizes damage to the surrounding tissue)
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) enhances the accuracy of the treatment target
  • Dosimetry is used to calculate absorbed internal and external doses from radiation.

Chemotherapy/drug therapy uses chemical agents to stop cancer cells from growing. Depending on the type, chemotherapy may be administered through a vein, injected into the body, or taken orally.

IV infusion therapies are used to give specialty drugs through a vein to help manage or eliminate the potential side effects of cancer treatment.

Breast Biopsy is the removal of cells or tissue so that it can be examined by a pathologist. Types of biopsies include incisional biopsy (only a tissue sample is removed), excisional biopsy (the entire lump or tumor is removed, often called lumpectomy), needle biopsy (removes tissue or fluid samples with a needle), and sentinel lymph node biopsy (removal and examination of the lymph nodes to which the primary tumor is most likely to have spread).

Breast-conserving surgery is an operation to remove the cancer without removing the entire breast. This type of surgery can include a lumpectomy (removal of the lump or tumor only), quadrantectomy (removal of the cancer and one quarter of the breast), or segmental mastectomy (removal of the cancer along with additional surrounding tissue and the lining of the adjacent chest muscles).

Mastectomy is removal of the affected breast. Types of mastectomy include total mastectomy (removal of the breast only, sometimes called simple mastectomy), modified radical mastectomy (removal of the breast, underarm lymph nodes and the lining over the chest muscles), and bilateral prophylactic mastectomy (both breasts are removed to reduce the risk of breast cancer).

Breast reconstruction is an operation to rebuild the breast after a mastectomy. Reconstruction is sometimes done at the same time as the mastectomy or sometimes delayed, especially when radiation or other therapy is needed.

Clinical research trials give you access to next-generation clinical expertise and treatments.

Genetic counseling helps assess and evaluate your risk of certain inherited cancers.

Support groups allow you to meet and gain comfort from others.

Survivorship plans and programs help you transition from active cancer treatment to long-term, post-treatment care so that you can resume your life and become your best self – your “new normal” – through a personalized plan of action and practical programs on the benefits of exercise, nutrition, emotional support, and medical management.

Support services include social services, chaplain visits, dietary and nutrition counseling, supportive care, and other customized care.

That Special Look™ boutique offers professional fitting of wigs, specialty clothing, and other accessories to make life more comfortable during and after treatment.

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