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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Breast Center open house showcases new technology and staff

Sugar Land, TX - 4/12/2013

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is hosting a community open house for its Breast Center on Thursday, May 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend, tour, interact with staff, see how new imaging technology works and learn what’s new in helping meet the community’s breast health needs.

Fort Bend Junior League members, who are the faces of our women’s health campaign.Fort Bend Junior League members, who are the faces of our women’s health campaign.

New to the Breast Center in the last year are molecular breast imaging, a fourth mammography unit and a breast care navigator.

Molecular breast imaging (MBI) was added last summer making Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Breast Center the first in the greater Houston area to have the technology. The low dose MBI is a secondary diagnostic tool for women whose mammograms show suspicious findings or are difficult to interpret. This is especially applicable to women who have dense breast tissue, which is estimated to be 40 percent of mammography patients. Patients with dense breast tissue are five times more likely to develop breast cancer. Mammograms are not as effective at detecting cancer in dense breasts. Studies indicate that MBI detects three times as many cancers in dense breast tissue compared with traditional mammography.

A fourth mammography unit was installed in the Breast Center last fall to meet the growing demand from patients and reduce wait times for appointments.

The Breast Care Navigator assists patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, serving as a resource expert, helping them understand treatment options, coordinating appointments, and attending care conferences and discussions about the patient’s treatment. Maria Socci, a registered nurse with specialty training in oncology, joined the Breast Center in this role early last year.

“It’s wonderful news that women in our community recognize the importance of breast cancer screening and put their health and well-being at the top of the list of their priorities,” says Socci.  “In 2012, our Breast Center provided almost 17,000 screenings, diagnostic exams and procedures to more than 10,000 patients. We look forward to serving even more women this year as we increase our capacity.”

The Breast Center opened in 2009 and moved to the new location off Town Center Boulevard on the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Campus in 2011. The Breast Center provides comprehensive care for breast health in a single location from dedicated providers and staff.

Join us for our Breast Center open house on May 23! We will have tours, refreshments, a free gift for attendees and fabulous door prizes. To RSVP, call 281-276-8568 or email SLRSVP@tmhs.org.