LifeBridge Health Magazine’s upcoming cover story, “Taking the Fear Out of Breast Cancer,” features Linda Lewis, the administrative court commissioner for Baltimore City. Lewis was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, despite having no family history or showing any symptoms.
Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be one of the most distressing events in a woman’s life, and the article raises some important questions about screening and the difficult choices Lewis, and many other women, are faced with when it comes to breast care.
“With breast cancer, there’s a misconception that if you feel fine and don’t have a lump, then you are fine. But, in truth, many of the women who get breast cancer don’t show any symptoms or have any specific risk factors,” says Corinne Costellic, D.O., a fellowship-trained breast surgeon who leads the Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center at Quarry Lake.
That’s why regular screening is so important. Early detection is, after all, the best form of cancer protection. 3-D mammograms are offered at all of LifeBridge Health’s three breast care centers at Quarry Lake, Northwest Hospital, and Carroll Hospital.at no additional cost. LifeBridge Health is also hosting an all-day Mammothon event on November 14th, to help ease the burden on women of fitting a regularly scheduled mammogram into their busy schedules.
In addition, the latest screening practices of LifeBridge Health’s breast care program features new techniques and biopsy options that can make for shorter and safer surgeries, which may result in more cosmetically appealing outcomes.
LifeBridge Health’s programs provide comprehensive breast care, including genetic counseling, which can help determine if you’re at risk for breast cancer, as well as provide guidance regarding the results. Advancements in technology, like 3-D mammograms, also offer more accurate screenings and feature a higher level of comfort than traditional mammograms.
Because of Lewis’ regular screenings, her breast cancer was detected early, and she has since completed her surgery and radiation. Lewis says that even with LifeBridge Health’s multidisciplinary approach and latest technology and treatments, what she valued most was the personal relationship she had with her excellent doctors and surgeons at LifeBridge Health.
“A lot of people had opinions about which hospital or which doctor I should go to, but I knew that I had Dr. Leonard, and that meant I was in the right place,” Lewis says. “She simplified a very complex journey and was open and honest about what it was, and what could happen. … She helped save my life.”
Don’t miss the full cover story when it comes out later this month.
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