Dr. Sheth explains breast care
treatment options to a patient.
Most women experience anxiety when it is time for their routine, annual mammogram. When a woman learns of an abnormality through self-discovery or after a physical examination by a physician, that anxiety immediately escalates.
“The unknown is always frightening,” says Michele Ramsdell, M.D., diagnostic radiologist, Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe. “When a woman comes to our new Breast Care Center for a routine or diagnostic mammogram, we want to provide her with a diagnosis and treatment plan right then and there.”
Beaumont, Grosse Pointe’s new Breast Care Center (opened in late December) will help ease a woman’s anxiety by providing expedited breast care in a comfortable, home-like setting. The breast care center will have specialists in risk assessment, with state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging.
The Breast Care Center team of breast imagers, surgeons and nurses will provide prompt care for their patients. Screening mammograms (for patients with no symptoms) are reviewed and if additional views and ultrasounds are needed, they are usually scheduled within three days. If a biopsy is necessary, it too will be done at this appointment by a breast-certified radiologist. For patients with a “lump,” a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy will be done the same day.
Dr. Ramsdell explains most abnormalities and biopsies are not cancerous. However, for those that are cancerous, the patient will be seen by Dharti Sheth, M.D., surgeon, Beaumont, Grosse Pointe, normally the next clinic day. Dr. Sheth will explain to the patient the recommendations and treatment plan, determined by a multidisciplinary team of specialists.
“The comprehensive, expeditious care at the Breast Care Center will help decrease the time from diagnosis to treatment to help lessen the patient’s anxiety,” says Dr. Sheth.
The new Breast Care Center at Beaumont, Grosse Pointe will be located in a newly constructed area within the hospital. It is equipped with two full-view digital imaging mammography units that can image women of all breast sizes, and two ultrasound rooms to perform same-day biopsies.
To further lessen patient anxiety, Breast Care Center nurses will help patients make follow up surgical and nonsurgical appointments.
“This new comprehensive center will provide patients with the latest therapy options and a variety of support, education and community outreach programs,” says Donna Hoban, M.D., senior vice president and physician-in-chief, Beaumont, Grosse Pointe. “Beaumont is committed to providing compassionate care and to restoring hope, confidence and self-esteem, all of which are so important to women battling breast cancer.”
For more information or to make an appointment, call 800-328-8542.