Leh Center staff promotes 3-D mammography service
— 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.