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Increasing patient breast care options

Expanded breast care program brings treatment close to home

Increasing patient breast care options

Thanks to an expanded partnership with UVA Health System, our patients now can access more breast care treatment options close to home.

“We’re eager to grow our breast program, so we’ve been working as a team to make that happen,” explained Brandi Nicholson, director of breast imaging services at Culpeper Medical Center.

The informal program began July 1 with UVA Health System breast radiologists visiting Culpeper Medical Center three days a week with additional access to UVA Health System breast surgeons. The expanding breast program will also feature a breast navigator, who starts in the role Aug. 15.

“The visiting breast radiologist conducts screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, breast biopsies – stereotactic and ultrasound, as well as tomosynthesis, or 3-D mammography,” said UVA Health System Breast Care Center Manager Patricia Gaspard. “All the radiologists specialize in breast imaging and work closely with our two UVA breast surgeons, Dr. Schroen and Dr. Showalter, who see patients at Culpeper four times a month.”

The patient navigator, who starts Aug. 15, will assist the surgeon, the radiologist and the patient as they navigate through the treatment process from diagnosis to survivorship, Gaspard said.

“The program is going very well with a lot of patients who are interested in 3-D mammography,” she said of the program. “We’re slowly growing the practice.”

Gaspard added, “The biggest advantage is the patient can get diagnosed and treated where they live. Before this they’d have to drive one or two hours to get access to the UVA Health System. Now they can get this care right in the community.”

If you have questions about the program, need more information or have a patient who could benefit, contact the radiology manager, Teresa Ford, at 540-829-4144 or the incoming patient navigator at 540-827-7011. To schedule an appointment, call 540-829-8855.

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