Breast Wellness Seminar Well
Received at Stephens
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
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
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
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.
Patty Thomas, Dawn Parsons, Beth Bacon, Jean
Foster, Judi Gallant, Eileen Laliberte front l-r:
Timothy Ingram, Dr. Robert Story