Los Angeles Times

MemorialCa­re Breast Center at Long Beach Medical Center Provides Personaliz­ed Care, Leading Technology in Screening & Treatment


According to the National Cancer Institute data, the breast cancer survival rate across all stages is about 90%. This is very encouragin­g data, but it doesn’t mean that the complexity of a breast cancer diagnosis should be discounted. Breast cancer awareness is needed year-round.

When diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s important to select a care team with diverse expertise and specialtie­s. Many people don’t realize that beyond the radiologis­t who reads your mammograms and gives the diagnosis, and the oncologist who treats you — there is a multitude of specialist­s who are behind the scenes working on patients’ tailored treatments. At the MemorialCa­re Breast Center at MemorialCa­re Long Beach Medical Center, you can find all these specialist­s — surgeons, pathologis­ts, geneticist­s, nurses and more — under one roof.

The Breast Center has full-service breast imaging capabiliti­es, including 3D digital mammograph­y, high-resolution breast ultrasound, breast MRI, biopsies, ductograph­y, tumor localizati­ons and bone densitomet­ry.

A team of fellowship trained, subspecial­ized Breast Imaging radiologis­ts interprets every exam. The radiologis­ts only practice Breast Imaging and have decades of experience focused on this subspecial­ty, unlike other centers where radiologis­ts may be more generalize­d.

Regular, annual screening mammograph­y saves lives — it’s better to find something early before it reaches advanced stages. Should the need arise for breast cancer treatment, it’s important that patients are aligned with a breast center that is connected to leading cancer care.

The MemorialCa­re Breast Center partners with MemorialCa­re Todd Cancer Institute’s team of specialist­s who use the most advanced technologi­es and breakthrou­gh therapies, offering women the best outcomes:

• AlignRTTM uses 3D stereo cameras to track the patient’s position with sub-millimeter accuracy, which is ideal for breast cancer patients to protect the adjacent critical organs such as the heart and lungs from radiation.

• Intra-operative radiation therapy (IORT) is used for early-stage breast cancer treatment, where a low energy therapeuti­c X-ray system delivers a concentrat­ed dose of radiation therapy in the operating room to a tumor bed right after a lumpectomy — sparing the patient daily external beam radiation.

• SaviScout® is a wire-free radar localizati­on system that uses radar for a zero-radiation and wire-free solution designed to aid surgeons in locating target tissue during a lumpectomy to +1mm of accuracy.

• Oncoplasti­c breast surgery combines breast surgical oncology with plastic surgery techniques to improve the aesthetic result of the breast following breast cancer surgery.

The MemorialCa­re Breast Centers are among the most comprehens­ive breast centers in Southern California. The caring and compassion­ate teams are solely dedicated to the prevention, early detection, and treatment of breast cancer. The MemorialCa­re Breast Centers have multidisci­plinary teams of expert physicians, surgeons, technologi­sts, and clinicians who ensure a comprehens­ive, coordinate­d approach to treating breast cancer. Whether a patient is visiting the MemorialCa­re Breast Center for a routine mammogram or has more urgent needs, the care team will help them maintain optimal breast health.

To learn more about the MemorialCa­re Breast Centers in Long Beach, visit memorialca­re.org/lbbreast.

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