Whether they need a routine mammogram, a complete diagnostic workup or advanced treatments, the Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center at Quarry Lake is committed to providing all patients with accessible, personalized care of the highest quality in a welcoming setting.
“We want our patients to be at ease no matter what their needs are. Our staff is helpful, friendly and easy to communicate with,” said Corinne D. Costellic, D.O., a breast surgeon at the center. “At Quarry Lake, we empower women to take control of their breast health, follow an individualized screening regimen, and reduce their risk of breast cancer. It is truly a one-stop shop.”
Located in the LifeBridge Health Pavilion at 2700 Quarry Lake Drive, and led by Costellic, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon versed in treating a wide spectrum of breast problems, the Quarry Lake center offers:
- Ultrasound-guided and stereotactic biopsies
- Breast ultrasounds and 3D mammography
- Comprehensive services including patient navigation, multidisciplinary care, breast surgery (including oncoplastic procedures), and breast health education
- Breast cancer risk assessment
- Genetic counseling and testing
- Breast consultative services
One of the center’s most unique features is a stereotactic biopsy machine that performs biopsies while the patient is sitting upright, which differs from traditional stereotactic machines that require patients to lie face down in a rather uncomfortable position throughout the procedure.
As for screening mammograms, the center uses only modern 3D tomosynthesis, widely considered the best type of mammogram as it yields higher early detection rates than standard mammography and is capable of capturing multi-angle images that enable radiologists to better analyze abnormalities. The center also offers the MammoPad, an FDA-cleared foam cushion between the patient’s breast and the surface of the image detector which enhances comfort during screenings without compromising image quality. “We strive for excellence in breast imaging and have dedicated radiologists reading all of our studies and performing the biopsies,” Costellic said.
The CDC recommends yearly screening mammograms for women beginning at the age of 40, as it is one of the best ways doctors can find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before they cause symptoms or lumps.
It is important to realize that most breast cancer cases are sporadic and have no known cause. Only 10 to15 percent of persons with breast cancer have a family history of the disease, and only 5 to 10 percent have an inherited gene mutation, Costellic said. An affiliate of the Jewish-sponsored Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, the Quarry Lake breast care center provides diagnostic services that are vital to the Jewish community, particularly women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, who have a 1 in 40 risk of inheriting a BRCA gene mutation.
Because gene mutations heighten cancer risk, Costellic and her colleagues at the Quarry Lake breast care center offer a thorough evaluation of risk factors and family history and, when appropriate, genetic counseling and testing all in the same day. “This is important for all women with concerns about their family history as it can sometimes be difficult to schedule a timely appointment with a genetic counselor,” Costellic said.
All three LifeBridge Health breast care centers will participate in the day-long Mammothon breast cancer screening event on Nov. 14. Women 40 and older who are due for their annual screening mammogram (more than 366 days since their last mammogram) or have never had a mammogram are eligible to participate. Each center will extend its normal hours during the Mammothon so patients can arrive for a screening at their convenience. Patients are encouraged to make an appointment to reduce their wait time, but walk-ins can be accommodated. All patients must have a referral from their physician.
If you will not be able to visit one of our breast care centers during the Mammothon but still want to schedule a mammogram, or if you want to make an appointment for other diagnostic and preventive services, call the Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center at Quarry Lake at 410-469-5522.
To schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained physicians and find out why LifeBridge Health is Baltimore's premier health care organization, call 410-601-WELL.