New Digital Mammography Unit at Harris Methodist Southwest Cuts Wait Time For Screenings|
FORT WORTH, Texas — Rosemary Passons will never forget the words of Dr. Angel Negron, an oncologist on the medical staff of Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital, after being treated for her second bout with breast cancer.
“He told me, ‘Congratulations, you dodged a bullet … again,’” she said.
The 80-year-old cancer survivor had 24 years of clean mammograms under her belt when her latest screening at the hospital’s breast center detected abnormal cells. Her biopsy showed ductal carcinoma in situ — a type of non-invasive, early-stage breast cancer that can become more aggressive if left untreated. She underwent a successful mastectomy less than two weeks later and needed no additional treatment.
Patients who catch breast cancer early have a 96 percent survival rate, according to the American Cancer Society. At the hospital’s breast center, patients are getting screened faster than before with the addition of a third digital mammography unit.
Wait time for an appointment has been cut in half, said Glenda Ostrokol, RT(R)(M), CRA, director of the breast center. The number of patients getting screened has increased from 40 or 50 to about 75 a day, Ostrokol said.
“So many breast centers have closed in our area during the past few years, and those patients needed a place to be treated,” Ostrokol said. “Yearly mammograms are important because the sooner cancer is detected, the higher the success rate and less invasive the treatment.”
While many years had passed since her first cancer diagnosis and treatment, Passons said she knew in the back of her mind it could return.
“I’m just so glad it was caught it in plenty of time,” she said.
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For more information about the hospital’s breast center or to schedule a screening mammogram, call 817-433-6616.
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