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 mammography, 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.
Dr. Rooney, Medical Director of the Mercy Breast Care Center
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.
We use a computer-aided device (CAD) to help identify any discreet densities in the breast. The CAD system provides a "second look" of mammograms beyond the radiologist's interpretation.
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.
Diagnostic Mammography Procedures
Current medical technology now makes it possible to diagnose breast cancer without surgery. In addition to screening mammography, Mercy Breast Care Center offers a full range of mammography and other minimally invasive biopsy procedures, including:
Diagnostic Mammogram – More detailed than a screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram is an x-ray of the breast used when a woman has a breast complaint (breast mass, nipple discharge, etc.) or an abnormality is found during a screening mammogram.
Breast Ultrasound – Used to help identify breast cysts and other abnormalities, an ultrasound may be utilized alone or in conjunction with mammography. The ultrasound is a particularly useful test for women under 30 or women with dense breast tissue.
Breast Biopsy – Being told you need a breast biopsy can be a frightening experience. However, the majority of breast biopsies do not reveal cancer. Using equipment specifically designed for breasts, the biopsy takes about an hour to perform, costs less than surgical biopsy, requires only a local anesthetic and does not leave scars.
Breast MRI and Breast MRI Needle Localization – Mercy was the first Stark County hospital to offer breast MRI and breast MRI needle localization. The breast MRI, which employs magnetization and radio waves instead of x-rays to produce detailed images, may be used in addition to other diagnostic procedures.
Mercy Breast Care Center also provides ductograms, stereotactic breast biopsies, needle localizations and breast ultrasound-guided biopsy.
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.
Supporting African American women that want to take charge of their breast health, Mercy’s ANGEL Network – funded in part by a grant from the Northeast Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure – promotes early-detection programs, access to screenings and breast health education.
When a serious illness affects a person’s physical strength and appearance, self-esteem and emotional well-being are often undermined. Mercy Boutique was created to be a sanctuary of hope and healing for cancer survivors and individuals with other medical conditions. Products include custom breast prostheses, mastectomy forms, specialty bras, lymphedema products, wigs, swim forms, scar reduction sheets and many other beauty-enhancing items.
At Mercy Medical Center, we’re committed to helping you take charge of your breast health. Whether you need to schedule your annual mammogram, require diagnostic breast procedures, or have special breast health needs, Mercy Breast Care Center offers you quality, compassionate care in a comfortable, private environment.
Mercy Breast Care Center currently participates in several national clinical trial organizations including National Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and Clinical Trial Support Unit (CTSU). Each of these groups offers a number of trials specific to breast cancer. Clinical trials are research studies that answer specific questions about new ways to improve cancer care and/or to assess the safety and efficacy of new approaches to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat cancer. Often enrollment in a clinical trial can provide access to newer drugs that might not otherwise be available. Other clinical trials utilize currently available drugs in different regimes that appear more promising than standard therapy.
For more information about breast cancer trials, call one of our research coordinators at 330- 588-4588, 330-588-4589 or 330-489-1274.