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Breast Wellness Seminar Well Received at Stephens Memorial Hospital

Dr. Robert Story, and Timothy Ingram, Director of Clinical Diagnostics joined the staff of the Women's Imaging Center to present "Breast Wellness" on October 17, 2006 at the October Best of Health Seminar at Stephens Memorial Hospital in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

A large crowd listened to th e dynamic seminar by the staff while they enjoyed a light snack of fruit and pink desserts.  The presentation lead participants thru the steps from scheduling, thru diagnosis and recovering, focusing on early detection as the most important part of the process.  Women's Imaging Center Secretary, Judi Gallant addressed the crowd on scheduling and tracking of mammograms, also detailing the difference between routine exam which women should have annually after age 40 and diagnostic exams which follow up on a change in the breast. 

Jean Foster, RT, Mammography Technologist covered self breast exams, the importance of the consistency of these exams as well as routine mammograms and keeping track of changes.  Dawn Parsons, RT, Mammography Technologist discussed patient positioning during a mammogram and what this allows physicians to see.  She also discussed the new soft foam pads used in mammograms at SMH since 2004 which helps ease discomfort sometimes caused.

Dr. Story spoke regarding the different biopsy options women have after an abnormal mammogram warrants further testing.  Eileen Laliberte, RT, discussed the options of Reach to Recovery, a program to assist patients currently undergoing breast cancer treatments with questions and lend support.  Patty Thomas of Hair & Company later reviewed the options of Look Good, Feel Better, and how this relates to looking well through radiation and chemotherapy, despite hair loss.  She discussed how your skin is affected during treatment and how to care for your skin.  Beth Bacon, who is a Prosthetic Coordinator discussed options for prosthetics, bras, and swimsuits postoperatively.  It was also noted that many insurance companies will pay for prosthetics.

The Women's Imaging Center is also initiating a 9th of the Month self-breast exam reminder program.  These reminders for women to perform self-breast examinations on the 9th of the month will appear in the newspaper and be aired by the local radio station.

If you are unable to pay for a mammography screening please contact your primary care provider to see if you may qualify for a free mammogram.

Stephens Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Western Maine Health, which is part of the Maine Health® family.  Visit Western Maine Health on the Internet at www.wmhcc.org.

Photo credit:     back l-r:  Patty Thomas, Dawn Parsons, Beth Bacon, Jean Foster, Judi Gallant, Eileen Laliberte  front l-r: Timothy Ingram, Dr. Robert Story


 

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