South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday November 24, 2020
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November 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 5
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WESTSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER LEADS THE WAY IN ADVANCED BREAST CANCER CARE

Westside Regional offers advanced screening services, including 3D Tomosynthesis,
digital mammography and state-of-the-art ultrasound screening for breast imaging
 
 
October 22, 2020 -  Westside Regional Medical Center’s cancer program offers a full continuum of services, including early detection programs and highly specialized surgical and medical care, as well as the experience of some of the finest cancer specialists in South Florida, working together to deliver an unmatched level of cancer care and ensure the best outcome for each patient. 
 
For many breast cancer patients, early detection is an integral part of their treatment. The award-winning 250-bed hospital is currently offering advanced screening services for women, including 3-D Mammography read by board-certified physicians, to help detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.
 
“We are proud to offer a spectrum of treatment methods for cancer here at Westside Regional,” said Barbara J. Simmons, RN, Chief Executive Officer at Westside Regional. “We are committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care, while offering the most state-of-the-art equipment to our community.”
 
3D Mammograms are recommended for women with dense breast tissue, however, it is beneficial regardless of breast density. It uses x-rays to create three dimensional images of your breasts, which leads to higher cancer detection rates. In addition, the camera moves in an arc over the breast, taking multiple images, preventing tissues from overlapping as well as any need for additional testing.
 
Risk Factors of Breast Cancer
Who can get breast cancer? No one has guaranteed immunity to this disease —young women, and even men, have been diagnosed with breast cancer — but some women are at a greater risk than others are. Your chances may be higher if one or more of these statements is true:
You are older than 55.
You have a personal history of cancer.
You have a family history of breast cancer.
You have been exposed to radiation.
You had your first pregnancy later in life or have never been pregnant.
You experienced menopause after 55.
You have undergone hormone replacement therapy.
If you are at a high risk, talk with your doctor about what preventive measures are appropriate for you.
 
Catching Breast Cancer Early
During its beginning stages, breast cancer is very treatable. It is up to you to make sure early detection is possible. Here are a few tips:
1. Learn how to do a self-exam and perform one every month. 
2. Talk with your doctor about when to begin mammograms and how often to schedule them.
3. Consult your doctor right away if you ever notice any changes in your breasts, such as a lump, discoloration or dimpling of the skin, or a change in the shape of your nipple. 
If you are due for a mammogram, Westside Regional Medical Center offers a full range of diagnostics, including Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3-D Mammography). The cancer support staff at Westside Regional offer a warm and compassionate approach to care for cancer patients throughout their journey. Their multidisciplinary team includes social workers, dietitians, laboratory personnel, pharmacists, oncology nurses, enterostomal therapists and physical therapists, who work hand in hand with oncology experts to bring patients the utmost in care. 
 
Westside Regional offers flexible hours for your convenience, so take the first step to better health. Call 954.370.5585 to schedule your mammogram today
 
For more information on Westside Regional’s oncology services, please visit https://westsideregional.com/specialties/oncology or call 954-370-5585.
 
 
About Westside Regional Medical Center
Westside Regional Medical Center, an award-winning 250-bed hospital, is recognized for providing a wide array of services to the residents of Broward County, South Florida and visitors from around the world. We offer 24-hour comprehensive medical, surgical and diagnostic services, including oncology, cardiology and emergency care. Westside Regional also offers the community with the latest in minimally invasive spine and colorectal surgery and is one of only nine Joint Commission certified centers in the United States for minimally invasive colorectal surgery. Not only is Westside Regional certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA), but it also received its Thrombectomy Capable Center certification from the Joint Commission. Westside Regional Medical Center is also a teaching and research facility, offering Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs in podiatry, surgery and internal medicine. For over 45 years, Westside Regional Medical Center has been committed to expanding and improving every facet of the organization, devoting significant time and resources to enhancing the facility, staff and medical care. Westside Regional Medical Center has an outstanding staff, which includes physicians, specialists and employees, all of whom place importance in making their patients feel welcome and comfortable.
 
Westside Regional Medical Center is a facility of HCA East Florida. HCA East Florida is the largest healthcare system in Eastern Florida and an affiliate of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). HCA East Florida has 14 hospitals, multiple ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and free standing emergency care facilities, as well as a supply chain center and an integrated regional lab. Together, HCA East Florida employs more than 18,000 employees and has nearly 7,000 physicians on staff. For more information, visit HCAEastFlorida.com.
 
 
 
HCA EAST FLORIDA
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center + Highlands Regional Medical Center + JFK Medical Center + JFK Medical Center North Campus + Kendall Regional Medical Center + Lawnwood Regional Medical Center + Mercy Hospital + Northwest Medical Center + Palms West Hospital + Plantation General Hospital + Raulerson Hospital + St. Lucie Medical Center + University Hospital & Medical Center + Westside Regional Medical C
 
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