Leh Cen­ter staff pro­motes 3-D mam­mog­ra­phy ser­vice

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— As Breast Cancer Aware­ness Month draws to a close, the staff of the Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Cen­ter at Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal at Ch­ester­town are ea­ger to re­mind Kent and Queen Anne’s county res­i­dents that it’s never too late to get screened for breast cancer.

“At the Leh Women’s Health Cen­ter, we have state-of-the-art mam­mog­ra­phy tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing to­mosyn­the­sis. To­mosyn­the­sis — also called 3-D mam­mog­ra­phy — can de­tect breast cancer very early, which is when treat­ment brings the best out­comes for the pa­tient,” said Kelly Bot­tomely, re­gional man­ager of imag­ing for the Leh Cen­ter. “By al­low­ing doc­tors to view very thin ‘slices’ of breast tis­sue, to­mosyn­the­sis pro­vides ex­cep­tion­ally clear im­ages and data.”

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, to­mosyn­the­sis is es­pe­cially rec­om­mended for women with dense breast tis­sue, but is be­com­ing more widely used.

“We con­duct about 15 to 20 mam­mo­grams ev­ery day, and in most cases, women who call for an ap­point­ment are sched­uled within a week’s time,” Bot­tom­ley said. “What I hear from so many pa­tients is that they are re­ally grate­ful to be able to get this im­por­tant screen­ing done close to home.”

It is well doc­u­mented that for pa­tients of any age, con­ve­nience is a key fac­tor in keep­ing up with im­por­tant screen­ings and well­ness vis­its, the re­lease states. For lo­cal women in their 40s, 50s and 60s — many of whom are work­ing full time — get­ting in and out of a mam­mo­gram ap­point­ment in Ch­ester­town nor­mally takes about an hour. They also can take ad­van­tage of the Leh Cen­ter’s ex­tended hours.

“In ad­di­tion to get­ting a mam­mo­gram, women who are rec­om­mended for a breast sono­gram can just walk over to the hos­pi­tal’s Ra­di­ol­ogy De­part­ment,” Bot­tom­ley said.

The Leh Cen­ter’s ser­vices also in­clude con­sul­ta­tion and fol­low-up ap­point­ments with two sur­geons, Dr. Nel­son Gold­berg and Dr. Roberta Lilly.

Gold­berg sees pa­tients in the Leh Cen­ter two days a week.

Lilly, who is med­i­cal di­rec­tor of Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health’s Clarke Com­pre­hen­sive Breast Cen­ter in Eas­ton, comes a few times month, based on pa­tient de­mand and her sched­ule.

Women who are uninsured or un­der­in­sured should not as­sume that a mam­mo­gram is out of their reach, the re­lease states. The Kent County Health De­part­ment has a pro­gram that pro­vides free women’s health screen­ings for women ages 40-64 who meet cer­tain in­come guide­lines. In­for­ma­tion about this pro­gram may be ob­tained by call­ing the Health De­part­ment at 410-778-7970.

“Oc­to­ber brings a lot of at­ten­tion to breast cancer and that’s great, but we want women over 40 — and those of any age who hav­ing symp­toms that con­cern them — to know that any time is the right time to get your an­nual mam­mo­gram,” Bot­tom­ley said. “Our staff is here to serve and we go out of our way to make sure pa­tients un­der­stand the ser­vices avail­able to them and have a good ex­pe­ri­ence in our Cen­ter.”

To sched­ule an ap­point­ment at the Leh Cen­ter, call 410-810-5657.

NEL­SON GOLD­BERG

KELLY BOTTOMLY

ROBERTA LILLY

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