NW Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals offers advanced diagnostics, treatments - September 30, 2015

Courtesy of The Chicago Tribune

September 30, 2015

Methodist Hospitals has taken breast cancer screening and diagnosis to a whole new level with Northwest Indiana’s first 3D mammography system.

More advanced than digital mammography, this new technology improves the sensitivity and accuracy of mammograms, making it easier for radiologists to detect abnormalities, while reducing the chance for false positive results and recall appointments.

All of this is available to Northwest Indiana women in a welcoming, relaxing environment.

Methodist Hospitals has created a peaceful, private setting in which area women receive the region’s most personalized, high-quality breast health evaluations. As beautiful as it is functional, the Breast Care Center features earth tones, etched glass accents and comfortable furniture.

Efficiency has been built into the Breast Care Center layout and operation. For example, women arriving for mammograms are greeted and shown to a private inner waiting area with dressing rooms and secure lockers, where they change into warmed gowns.

“We thought of everything, including comfortable patient gowns and a nourishment area serving coffee, tea and snacks,” says Mammography Manager Jennifer Sanders. “It is within this nurturing setting that our dedicated staff is focused on your care.”

Patients who require additional testing, from diagnostic views and ultrasound to cyst aspiration and biopsy, are promptly taken care of without having to leave the facility.

The Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals also houses consultation rooms, a high-risk breast clinic, a bone density scanning area, and all tech work areas including the radiologist reading room. Services offered include genetic counseling and lymphedema treatment.

In fact, the Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals offers much more than a congenial atmosphere. It’s the gateway to Methodist’s high level of care for breast cancer, which is consistent with any university hospital system.

The Breast Care Navigator Stacy Knox, is stationed at the Breast Care Center and serves as the “go-to” person for all patients.

“My job is to make life easier for patients and their families, answering questions, assisting with scheduling, providing resources and giving them the continuity of having one person to guide them along their journey,” Knox says.

Breast cancer is among the most anxiety-inducing diagnoses a woman can face. She typically worries about her family, her health, her work and what the diagnosis will mean in the coming weeks, months and years.

From the moment of her diagnosis and throughout her entire treatment journey, the multidisciplinary team at the Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals concentrates on a simple principle: easing that anxiety.

“Our patients have access to national clinical trials, a multi-disciplinary breast leadership team and much more,” says Bharat H. Barai, Oncology Institute Medical director. “Looking at clinical outcomes, we meet or exceed all state and national benchmarks.”

Radiologist Dr. Anastasia Siatras sums it up, “At Methodist, family is important to us and we treat our patients as though they are part of the Methodist family. We are proud to provide them with the very best care that they can get, employing the best techniques and the most advanced technologies.”