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ANNUALREPORT20135ConcordHospitalBreastCareCenterBornfromacommonsensegoalofeasinganxietyforwomenawaitingbiopsiestodetermineiftheyhadbreastcancerConcordHospitalsBreastCareCenterhasevolvedintoaregionalresourceprovidingeverythingfromdiagnosisandtreatmenttopost-operativecareandsupportgroups.BeforetheBreastCareCenteropenedwomenwithabnormalmammogramsroutinelyagonizedforuptosixweeksbeforeabiopsytodiscoverorruleoutcancer.Nowthebiopsyalmostalwayscomeswithinaweekofthemammogram.IttookalongtimeforpatientstogetinforanappointmentandthesystemwasdisjointedcausingalotofanxietyforpatientssaidDr.SharonGunsherBreastCareCenterMedicalDirector.Theoriginalvisionwastospeedtheprocessupandthatwasit.TherewasalsonoconsolidationofdedicatedbreastcareservicesinConcordwhichincreasedthelikelihoodofadelayeddiagnosisofbreastcancer.ThatswhathappenedtoMegHirshbergwhose2001diagnosisofinvasivebreastcancernallycameafterthreeocevisitsoverasix-monthperiodduringwhichhercancerwasdismissedasacyst.AyearlaterMegandherhusbandGarymadetheirrstmajordonationtoConcordHospitaltohelpcreateabreastcarecenteratConcordHospital.MegsaidtheymadethedonationinhonorofhersurgeonDr.NickPerencevichtoensurethatnootherwomaninourareawouldevergothroughthehazardsofprolongedmisdiagnosis.CONTINUEDONPG6Weoerthingsthatyouoftenonlygetatabigacademicmedicalcenter.SharonGunsherMDMedicalDirectorConcordHospitalBreastCareCenterHigh-techdiagnosisPossiblebreastcancerisdiagnosedwithdigitalmammographyshownandsoonwillbehandledwithevenmoreadvanced3-Dtechnologyprovidingaclearermorepreciseview.BiopsiesareguidedbyultrasoundorMRImakingthemeasierfasterlesspainfulandmuchmoreprecise.WhatmakesusdierentMRIWillbrasil21iStockThinkstock.