Donation Speeds Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Waiting, anxiety, and fear now can be reduced to one day for potential breast cancer diagnoses. Breast cancer survivor Ellen Dent said the worry used to last longer.
"It was almost two weeks before I was scheduled for surgery," Dent said.
Now the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center provides all stages of the diagnosis in one building through the help of a private donation.
"Through that door she finds a one stop shop for breast health." said Paul Dale, Surgical Oncologist.
Dent says a diagnosis in two hours benefits patients emotionally and physically.
"I think that immediate diagnosis the faster you know about it the faster you can treat it." Dent said.
The new center is also the only Mid-Missouri location to employ Lymphodema specialists, a profession that's only been around for about ten years. A third of breast cancer survivors develop the condition, which leads to swelling of the body. Specialists can massage affected areas to lessen the swelling. Doctors say even with all the different treatments offered in one building, patients haven't had problems with insurance.
The American Cancer Society says about 870 Missouri women will die from breast cancer in 2005.