Mercy Breast Care Center
At Mercy Breast Care Center, we're committed to helping you take charge of your breast health. We offer comprehensive screening and diagnostic services for women and men through a coordinated approach of an interdisciplinary team of radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, nurses and technologists.
Our center is a technologically advanced diagnostic department that offers the latest services in breast health including screening and diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, ultrasound-guided biopsy, needle localizations, stereotactic core biopsy and MRI breast biopsies. Exemplifying our commitment to high quality, we also use a computer-aided device (CAD system) as a "second look" aid to radiologists in the interpretation of mammograms.
Mercy Breast Care Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
Our desire is to set you at ease about mammography and related diagnostic procedures. That is why we take a personal, confidential approach, providing not only medical services, but also individual case management when necessary.
Our dedicated Breast Nurse Coordinator sees all patients who have an irregular mammogram, offering support and information; answering questions; and acting as a liaison between you, referring physicians and - if necessary - surgeons and medical oncologists. The Nurse Coordinator also stays with you during all procedures at the Mercy Breast Care Center and will maintain contact with you throughout any subsequent treatment.
Dina K. Rooney, M.D. serves as Medical Director of the Mercy Breast Care Center. She is certified by the American Boards of Medical Oncology and Hematology. Dr. Rooney has been a strong advocate for promoting breast health in the community as well as a partner to thousands of women in their fight against breast cancer. She works closely with Mercy radiologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists to ensure women get the most advanced treatment for their breast cancer. Interdisciplinary breast path conferences are held bi-weekly that bring physicians, nurses and technologists together to review patient cases and discuss the best treatment options.
Breast MRI and MRI-guided Breast Biopsy
A breast MRI employs magnetization and radio waves instead of x-rays to produce detailed images of the breast tissue. An MRI-guided breast biopsy - appropriate in high-risk cases where mammography is not sensitive enough to detect abnormalities - takes less an hour and minimizes the need for a larger surgery, a bigger incision and more tissue removal. Recovery time is brief, sutures are not required, a patients can return to normal activities almost immediately.
Stereotactic breast biopsy
This procedure is done with a special mammographic machine that uses mammogram images from two views with a computer that calculates the precise location of a breast mass or calcifications, then guides the placement of the biopsy needle.
Board Certified Breast Surgeons
For individuals who must undergo breast surgery for cancer, our board certified breast surgeons are involved early in care planning process.
Breast Surgery Education Class
Mercy offers a special class with a personalized educational notebook for women undergoing breast surgery for cancer. Specially trained nurses and therapists teach the class and answer any questions a woman may have prior to and after surgery. Women need only tell their surgeon they would like to attend and your physician's office can make the arrangements. For more information, you can contact 330-580-4727.
Breast Cancer Support Services
Mercy Breast Care Center offers a variety of programs focused on special breast health needs of women, including breast cancer prevention, education and support services.
For more information about support services, call 330-430-2777.
Although African American women are less likely to develop breast cancer than other races, statistics show their mortality rate is higher. To address this concern, Mercy Cancer Center adopted a local chapter of the African American Women Nurturing and Giving Each Other Life (ANGEL) Network. Read more about Mercy ANGELs.
Reach To Recovery Program
For a woman facing breast cancer, talking the experience over with a breast cancer survivor who has gone through treatment not only helps answer questions, but also gives her a role model for recovery. Mercy Cancer Center works with the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery Program which offers this opportunity to women by matching volunteer breast cancer survivors with women (or men) dealing with the disease today. The program is meant to complement a woman's relationship with her doctor by helping to point out questions she should ask her physician, and providing additional non-medical information.