Comprehensive Breast Care Center at Wheeling Hospital
The Comprehensive Breast Care Center at Wheeling Hospital provides a comprehensive approach to breast health. Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women in the U.S. Early detection is the single most important component to improving survival and optimizing the quality of life.
The Comprehensive Breast Care Center facilitates rapid surgical consultations and, when appropriate, same-day interventions, all in one location. The result is more timely diagnosis and the easing of anxiety for women with a breast abnormality.
Diagnostic studies, surgical interventions and follow-up are provided by a surgeon specializing in breast care.
- A surgeon is available Monday through Friday mornings for consultation in the Comprehensive Breast Care Center.
- If the patient and the surgeon both agree that a biopsy is the appropriate plan of care, the Comprehensive Breast Care Center is prepared for the patient to have the diagnostic procedure performed on the day of the consultation visit.
- Most biopsies can be performed with minimally invasive techniques using ultrasound guidance or stereotactic localization. In addition, needle localization and excisional biopsies can be performed when indicated. The type of biopsy recommended is normally determined by the type and location of the questionable lesion.
- For each patient, the Comprehensive Breast Care Center team coordinates a multidisciplinary treatment plan. Depending on the specific case, the team may include specialists in radiology, surgery, pathology, oncology, social services, support networks, as well as other professionals.
- Appointments can be scheduled at the Comprehensive Breast Care Center normally within five to seven business days of request and pathology results are often available within 48 hours of the procedure.
- The Comprehensive Breast Care Center nurse navigator provides educational materials and personalized care, helping patients navigate the various aspects of their treatment plans.
- Individuals may be seen in the Comprehensive Breast Care Center by physician referral or self-referral, depending on their health insurance requirements.
- The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment measurement allows a health care professional to project a woman’s individualized estimate of risk for invasive breast cancer over a five-year period and over her lifetime. This calculated score can then be used as a guide for breast cancer prevention and surveillance options.
Wheeling Hospital offers three digital mammography units, as well as one at the St. Clairsville Health Center, an affiliate of Belmont Community Hospital (BCH). The outcome for women depends on the
stage at which breast cancer is detected. Early detection can make a tremendous difference in survival rates. Digital mammography provides faster, clearer and overall better results compared to
regular mammography. Physicians can view and maneuver the digital mammography images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance visualization of the structures
within the breast tissue. With digital mammography, the brightness and contrast of the image can be adjusted, and technicians can zoom in on specific areas to help detect small calcifications,
masses and other changes that may be signs of early cancer. In most cases, within 24 hours of a physician finding an abnormality, the patient can have a digital mammogram and immediately learn
the results. When there is a known abnormality, having breast ultrasound imaging available when the mammogram is performed gives the patient a full diagnostic exam.
Digital mammograms are available at the St. Clairsville Health Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays; and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. At Wheeling Hospital, the
mammograms begin at 7:15 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Some evening hours are available those days. They also are offered from 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays; and 7:15-10:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
To schedule a digital mammogram at the St. Clairsville Health Center or at Wheeling Hospital, call 304-243-3176.
At the Comprehensive Breast Care Center, a highly personalized form of guidance is offered by Manager Debby Radosevich, who is certified as a breast patient navigator by the National Consortium of Breast Centers. The certification validates Radosevich’s knowledge and skills in steering a patient through their breast care/cancer care. Moving a patient through her care is a complex and highly individualized process. Having the assistance of a navigator trained to help a patient through the process greatly reduces the complexity and confusion. During the breast imaging navigation stages, the navigator guides the patient through the imaging process and ensures the patient receives timely exam results, is scheduled for appropriate follow-up care or scheduled for their next routine imaging exam. During breast cancer navigation, the navigator guides patients with a suspicious breast abnormality through and around barriers in complex cancer care systems to help ensure timely diagnosis and treatment.
Inquiries can be made by calling 304-243-5115, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Comprehensive Breast Care Center is staffed with a full-time, oncology-certified registered nurse.
Dr. David Ghaphery is medical director of the Comprehensive Breast Care Center. Also treating patients are breast surgeon Dr. Rosemarie Hardin and general surgeon Dr. John J. Wolen, both board certified.