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When Carmen Campisi called to schedule her mammogram, she hadn’t heard of the new 3-D technology, or tomosynthesis, at Alegent Creighton Health Lakeside Hospital. A spur-of-the-moment decision to try it may have saved her life. The employee scheduling her appointment mentioned the new technology, which is only available at the Lakeside Imaging Department of the Women’s Center. While the digital 2-D mammogram is considered the “gold standard” for detection of breast cancer, the 3-D technology turns 15 digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or slices, making early detection easier. Campisi decided to give the 3-D a try, never suspecting her tests would be positive. She had a biopsy 12 years ago and her mother died in … Continue reading
Anytime I register a patient who questions whether she needs to have a mammogram every year, I share my mom’s story. After having a mammogram at age 70, her family doctor told her the “funny area” was probably just fibrocystic tissue, but she could get a second opinion if she wanted. He did not order further tests for her, even though she had never previously been told in 70 years that she had fibrocystic breast tissue. Two years later when her tumor was discovered, it was in the exact same location as that “funny area”. Unfortunately, the cancer had already made it to her bone marrow so she could not be cured. Even though the “big squeeze” can be uncomfortable … Continue reading
I found a lump in my breast on Thanksgiving 2009. I had just had a baby and we thought maybe it was a clogged milk duct. I went to see my OBGYN, Ann Sullivan for my 6-week post partum check up and she sent me for an ultrasound and mammogram the next day. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 8, 2009. The following week I had several scans done and during that time I had the pleasure to meet my nurse navigator, Chelsea. She sat with me and my husband during the first visit with my oncologist and took notes for us to take home. It was such a huge help. She has been there for me for … Continue reading
I was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal cancer of the breast in 2004. I was 46 years old. As an x-ray technologist working for Alegent Health, I knew I should probably have a mammogram every year. But I had no family history of breast cancer; I was healthy and busy. I missed having a mammogram for 2 years. I noticed a lump and saw my doctor. He sent me to Alegent Health Lakeside HealthPark, the clinic that was onsite of the almost completed new Lakeside Hospital. I had just accepted a position to work in the new hospital, so I told the mammogram and ultrasound techs that I would soon be their co-worker. They congratulated me and then they … Continue reading
Let’s face it – I don’t think any woman is ever going to place getting a mammogram ahead of going to the spa or relaxing on the beach on her list of the things she wants to do. There is certainly a reason people call it, “the big squeeze” – frankly, it’s not the most comfortable experience. However, new technology and well-trained mammo techs can make all the difference in the world. Check out these two recent videos on digital mammography to better understand what it’s really like: So … have you had your mammogram yet this year?