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Fall is right around the corner, which means pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters and football. It also means Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) is quickly approaching. The annual health campaign aims to increase awareness about the disease and the importance of early screenings. It’s also the perfect time to schedule your routine mammogram.
The Emanuel Cancer Center is committed to the fight against breast cancer. One out of every eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. Mammograms are the most effective form of early detection.
The Emanuel Cancer Center offers 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) for breast cancer screening. Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a 40 percent higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone.
The 3D Mammography system is conveniently located at the Ruby E. Bergman Women’s Diagnostic Center inside the Emanuel Cancer Center’s beautiful, spa-like facility. Patients receive their mammogram at the diagnostic center, instead of the main hospital facility.
The 3D Mammography system with Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) offers exceptionally sharp breast images, and an advanced design providing more patient comfort. The ground-breaking tomosynthesis platform is designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance for all breast types. It produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures.
If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please call (209) 669-4620.
The Emanuel Cancer Center is here for you every step of the way – from screening to diagnosis to treatment. We also offer a host of support services for patients and their loved ones. Our support team includes oncology social workers, nurse navigation, chaplain services, registered dietitian and cancer rehab.
We are proud to offer the following support groups and therapies for our community and beyond:
THRIVE Cancer Support Group – This peer support group is open to all adult cancer patients, caregivers and cancer survivors in our community. Facilitated by our social workers, we explore various topics related to coping with cancer, stress reduction, complimentary therapies and survivorship. THRIVE meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Emanuel Cancer Center conference room. Registration not required.
Men’s Cancer Support Group – Whether you are the one impacted by cancer or you are supporting a loved one through cancer, this group is designed to help men cope by offering education and support during the cancer journey. Chaplain Robert, himself a cancer survivor, facilitates this support group. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month from 1-2 p.m. in Suite 101 of the Emanuel Cancer Center.
Monkey Business – Children and teens, ages 5-17, who have a family member with cancer are welcome to join Monkey Business. Monkey Business provides emotional support, fun activities and coping tools for the entire family.
HEALING IMAGES: Creative Expression through Art – Generously funded by the Bill and Elsie Ahlem Cancer Endowment, this monthly group is open to all adults in our community who are impacted by cancer.
We meet twice a month on Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m. and pizza is provided for all. While the children and teens have their activities, there is a support group for the adults who accompany them. This group is free and open to the community, however pre-registration is required. For more information, please call (209) 664-5044.
Each month Margaret Hunter, licensed therapist/art therapist, leads a new and easy expressive project. No art experience needed and all supplies are provided at no charge. Come tap into your creativity and let go of stress. We meet on the last Thursday of the month from 2-4 p.m. Please call (209) 664-2434 to reserve your spot.
Chair Yoga – All cancer patients and caregivers are welcome to join. Fees have been waived thanks to the generosity of the Bill & Elsie Ahlem Cancer Endowment. This is a gentle, seated, go-at-your-own-pace class tailor-made for our community.
Massage Therapy – Complimentary half-hour massage therapy appointments are available for cancer patients and caregivers every Tuesday from 1-5 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is fully-clothed massage where the therapist works gently with your body, releasing tension and stress. Fees have been waived thanks to the generosity of the Bill & Elsie Ahlem Cancer Endowment. Appointments are required. Please call (209) 664-2434.
Free Wig Bank and Resource Room – The American Cancer Society provides a complimentary wig to any woman experiencing cancer and hair loss. We also have complimentary hats, scarves and lap blankets.
Our resource library has materials available on nearly every kind of cancer as well as materials relating to nutrition, coping with cancer, caregiver support, family concerns, inspiration and more. The volunteers at the concierge desk would be happy to assist you in finding what you’re looking for.
Save the Date! The Emanuel Cancer Center is hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Month event on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at 6 p.m. More details to come.