Medical Update -October 2022

Medical Guide October 2022— 3 O ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness monthprovidingopportunities toedu- cate and remind millions of women on the importance of screening and prevention. According to the American Cancer So- ciety (ACS), when breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms. Their recommendations for receiving a screening mammogram include: • Women between 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with a mammogramevery year. • Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. Some women are at higher risk of de- veloping breast cancer based on family history, genetic mutations and some prior health conditions and therapies. If one falls into this category, it’s important to talk with their doctor about more aggressive detection measures and what’s right for them. The Breast Center at Vanderbilt Tul- lahoma – Harton Hospital (VTHH) dili- gently promotes the importance of screen- ing mammograms. Now, they are excited to offer the 3D Mammography™ exam, with SmartCurve™. The SmartCurve™ system, which has a curved design mir- roring the shape of a woman’s breast reducing pinching and applying uniform compression over the entire breast for added comfort. The 3D technology en- ables radiologists to have a clearer picture of the breast health, even for those with dense breast tissue. If after reviewing results, the doctor may recommend a breast biopsy. In these situations, Vanderbilt Tullahoma – Har- ton Hospital offers the 3D breast biopsy system. Mammograms are available through- out the year; during the month of Oc- tober, extended hour appointments for screening mammograms are available every Wednesday. A physician’s order is not necessary to schedule a screening mammogram, but the results must be forwarded to a provider. To schedule a screening mammogram at the Vanderbilt Tullahoma –HartonHospital Breast Cen- ter, call 931-461-4800. V anderbilt Tullahoma –HartonHos- pital (VTHH) was recently presented with forty-nine mastectomy pillows hand- made and provided by the First Baptist Church in Estill Springs. The women’s ministry group, Loving Stitches, chose this project stemming from a need of one of their congregation members. Other items they have made are walker cad- dies and Christmas pillowcases for the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home in Chattanooga. Their sewing group cur- rently has seven members, and they are growing. Mastectomy pillows come in many shapes but appropriately enough, the pil- lows made by the Loving Stitches ladies were heart shaped. Sometimes a mas- tectomy pillow is referred to as a comfort pillow as it provides a sense of ease to patients while healing. Vanderbilt Tullahoma – Harton Hos- pital was honored to be chosen as the recipient of these pillows and appreciates the thoughtfulness of the ladies involved! Pictured from left: First Baptist Church of Estill Springs ladies: June Camp- bell, Robin Paukstis; Edna High; and Gail Christopher. FromVTHH Imaging and Mammography Department, Case Management Department and Surgi- cal Services: Mary Thompson, Direc- tor, Imaging Services; Megan Jones, R.T.(R)(ARRT); Dana Cash, R.T.(R)(M) (ARRT); Alicia Graham, R.T.(R)(CT) (ARRT); Jennifer Arnold, R.T.(R)(MR) (ARRT); Pam Massingille, Case Man- agement; Jill Estfon, R.T.(R)(M)(ARRT); Nicole Thomas, R.T.(R)(M)(CT)(ARRT); Sara Hook, R.T.(R)(ARRT); and Miriam Majors, Director, Surgical Services. Offering 3D Mammography™ with SmartCurve™ & 3D™ Biopsy Early Detection Saves Lives Pictured fromVTHH: Jesse Mock, Associate Operating Officer; Sara Hook, R.T.(R)(ARRT), Dr. Mark Russell, radiologist, Dana Cash, R.T.(R)(M)(ARRT), Jill Estfon, R.T.(R)(M)(ARRT); Nicole Thomas, R.T.(R)(M)(CT)(ARRT), Dr. Grant Ordiway, radiologist, Mary Thompson, RT(R), Imaging Services Director. VTHH Receives Mastectomy Pillows