The Baptist Cancer Center offers a coordinated approach to breast health with services for preventative care, early detection, accurate diagnosis, personalized treatment and ongoing emotional support. In 2006, The Charline & Sidney “Chief” Dauphin Cancer Screening & Prevention Center, a department of Baptist Beaumont Hospital, became the first cancer screening and prevention center and the only facility with digital mammography in Southeast Texas. It offers a full range of advanced screening and diagnostic services in a spa-like environment with convenient access. Designed for routine screening mammography or for those referred for a diagnostic mammogram or biopsy, the breast center provides early answers, the best treatment options available and emotional support in a comfortable environment. Every woman is concerned about her breast health and for that reason alone every woman deserves the best care possible. The Cancer Center at Baptist Beaumont Hospital partners with the Charline and Sidney Chief Dauphin Cancer Screening & Prevention Center to lead the region in women’s healthcare.
These Tests May Save Your Life
Fear is the number one reason why most people procrastinate when faced with getting a cancer screening test done. What they do not realize is that cancer can be cured if it is found early. Screenings can prevent cancer from ever getting started, and screenings can find an existing cancer before the patient develops symptoms. According to the American Cancer Society, screenings offer the best chance of finding a tumor while it is still localized (confined to the organ it started in). When treated at this stage, the percentage of people who live five years or more after they have been diagnosed is more than 95 percent for cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, cervix, testicles, mouth and skin. However, once a cancer spreads to the surrounding tissues and organs (called metastasis) the five-year survival rate can drop to 70 percent or less, depending on the type and stage of the cancer. Metastasis is what makes cancer deadly.
Your Road to Better Health
Because cancer is more easily treated and cured if detected early, the Baptist Cancer Center and American Cancer Society recommend the following cancer screening guidelines:*
Breast Screenings for Women
- Optional for women in their 20’s, and recommended for women in their 30’s, a monthly breast self-examination (BSE) the week after your monthly menstrual period, and a clinical breast exam performed by a healthcare professional ever three years.
- Beginning at age 40, a yearly mammogram and a clinical breast exam
Since 1987, the ACR (American College of Radiology) has accredited more than 20,000 facilities – including more than 10,000 practices – in 10 different imaging modalities. The ACR offers accreditation programs in CT, MRI, breast MRI, nuclear medicine and PET. Read more>>
(* People who are at increased risk for certain cancers may need to follow a different screening schedule. Speak with your physician to determine which screenings are best for you and when to begin screenings.)
The Cancer Center at Baptist Hospital now offers patients a powerful new diagnostic imaging tool, called PET/CT scanning, which stands for positron emission tomography/computed tomography. This technology combines the strengths of two well-established imaging systems into one, to more accurately diagnose and locate cancers. These scans are noninvasive, usually painless and take about 30 minutes to complete. Physicians are able to locate breast cancer faster and more accurately by pinpointing the location of tumors with the superior images produced by the PET/CT imaging system – and patients require fewer scans. This fast and accurate detection and diagnosis assists physicians in developing effective treatment plans for patients.
Recent advances in radiation therapy have made it possible for some breast cancer patients to opt for a much faster course of radiation treatment with outcomes as successful as with traditional therapies. One such treatment is brachytherapy, a precise form of radiation that can be given in just five days rather than the typical seven weeks needed for traditional radiation therapy.
Physicians use local anesthesia to place catheters (tiny tubes) into a patient’s breast in preparation for a brachytherapy session. High doses of radiation are delivered directly to the tumor through the catheters, sparing healthy tissue and the surrounding vital organs. Patients typically receive two doses of radiation daily for five days, with each session lasting 10 to 15 minutes.
Effective prevention tools
The Dauphin Cancer Screening & Prevention Center was the area’s first facility to offer women digital mammography. Radiologists review the results on a computer, which offers more detailed images of breast tissue. It is also important to know if your family history puts you at a higher risk for developing cancer. Genetic testing and counseling provided at the center includes an assessment of a woman’s cancer risk as well as in-depth genetic testing for those who are at a higher risk for breast, ovarian and colorectal cancers and melanoma.
Breast Care Patient Navigation Program: Helping Patients Find Their Way
The philosophy of the Breast Cancer Patient Navigation program is that patients are more likely to experience quality outcomes when they are provided with expert guidance through the cancer experience. During the diagnosis period, a patient can be overwhelmed and many patients feel lost as they attempt to find their way through a complicated medical system they don't fully understand. This certified professional will provide support to help patients “navigate” through the complex healthcare network and serve as a consistent contact person throughout the care process. This is a FREE service offered by Baptist Beaumont Hospital. In the case of breast cancer, the navigator guides the patient through the experience to ensure timely diagnosis, treatment and support. To ensure that she is always there for her breast care patients and their individual needs, our navigator upholds flexible hours and an open flow of communication. In doing so, she is able to guarantee exceptional counsel and direction to her patients when they need it most.
What are the benefits of a Patient Nurse Navigator?
- Facilitates communication among patients, family members and healthcare providers.
- Provides valuable education to patients on a variety of treatment, nutrition, financial and social issues.
- Assists to coordinate care among providers.
- Ensures that appropriate medical records and documents are obtained and available at the patient’s appointment.
- Links patients and families to community resources, such as transportation, housing assistance, financial assistance, and/or support groups.
- Offers emotional support to patients and families during difficult times.
For more information or to schedule a consultation with our Breast Patient Nurse Navigator call (409) 212-7950.
Fighting Breast Cancer
Follow one woman's journey through a diagnosis of breast cancer in this four-part video series.
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