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Bothwell Foundation helps in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy System: In 2018 the Bothwell Foundation started raising funds for a stereotactic breast biopsy system. Bothwell has been leasing a mobile stereotactic breast biopsy system that is on site every two weeks. If patients miss the time period that the system is here, they have to wait for the table to return. Waiting causes additional anxiety for patients and leads to many physicians referring their patients out of town to have the test performed elsewhere is a more timely fashion.
“By purchasing our own machine, we would be able to perform the test for patients right away and get their results to them sooner. They would no longer have to wait for the procedure and would be able to stay in Sedalia to receive care,” said Marc Dougherty, Bothwell Regional Health Center Radiology Director.
If a lump or abnormality is detected during a mammogram, additional tests are needed to be performed. This is where the stereotactic breast biopsy unit comes in. It is used in the process to determine if a lump or abnormality is benign or cancerous. Stereotactic breast biopsy uses mammography – a specific type of breast imaging that uses low-dose x-rays — to help locate a breast abnormality and remove a tissue sample for examination. It’s less invasive than surgical biopsy, leaves little to no scarring and can be an excellent way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses that are not visible on ultrasound.
An additional piece of new equipment and technology that Bothwell Regional Health Center recently acquired is a breast coil that will be used in conjunction with the MRI machine to help enhance our current diagnostic capabilities. The breast coil is sensitive to things that mammography may not pick up.
With the addition of this new equipment and technology, Bothwell Regional Health Center will now have four different tools to detect breast irregularities: MRI, ultrasound, mammography, and stereotactics.
A Night of Mystery and Intrigue: On November 3, 2018 the Bothwell Foundation hosted the Bothwell Benefit to kick off their fundraising campaign with hopes to raise $200,000 to purchase the stereotactic system and MRI breast coil that can be used at Bothwell full time. To date, the Bothwell Foundation has raised over $130,000 for the campaign.
AccuBoost: In 2017, the Bothwell Foundation approved funding for a new service that will be offered at the Susan O’Brien Fischer Cancer Center in Fall 2018 – AccuBoost Brachytherapy. AccuBoost allows the radiation oncologist to deliver a high dose of radiation to the lumpectomy site from different directions. This procedure offers Bothwell Regional Health Center radiology oncologist Dr. William Decker with another option to treat breast cancer patients with a higher, more concentrated dose of radiation with fewer treatments. This method also helps limit unintentional exposure to otherwise healthy tissue, minimizing radiation related side effects. Bothwell Regional Health Center will be the only site in the state of Missouri to offer this treatment for breast cancer patients.
In 2014, the Bothwell Foundation hosted a benefit and raised funds to purchase a 3D Mammography machine. This was the first step towards improving the fight against breast cancer.