A fun way to take control of your breast health.
Women taking control of their breast health are turning routine annual exams into social events. The Breast Health Center at Overlake now offers mammogram parties — groups of friends getting their mammograms together, complete with refreshments.
"Most women consider annual mammograms an unpleasant but necessary chore," explains Kathy Crandall, manager of the Overlake Breast Health Center. "Since early detection is critical to long-term breast health, we want to make the experience of getting a mammogram an event to look forward to each year."
The mammogram party includes a spa-like environment with wine and cheese or tea and cookies.
Krista Benjamin attended her first mammogram party with a group of co-workers. "We all appreciated the relaxed atmosphere that was created for us," she says. "The robes were warm, the wine was cold, and we took care of a truly important checklist item for our health maintenance."
Screening mammography is just the first step in Overlake's comprehensive, patient-focused, coordinated approach to breast health services. If a woman requires additional diagnostic procedures and breast cancer treatment, Overlake's team includes dedicated breast imaging radiologists, pathologists, therapeutic breast surgeons, reconstructive breast surgeons, and medical and radiation oncologists.
"It's a tremendous advantage to Overlake's patients that the various people involved in their breast cancer care readily communicate with one another," explains Elliot Sacks, MD, one of Overlake's fellowship-trained breast imaging radiologists. "Having all the specialties under one roof offers direct patient benefit. It facilitates communication." Providers share one set of patient forms and meet weekly to discuss all newly diagnosed patients' care and treatment.
Overlake's patient navigators provide logistical and emotional support while mobilizing customized resources based on each patient's needs.
"We can help with financial needs, child care, even getting to the grocery store. When you're overwhelmed, you don't think of those things," adds Crandall. "Our role is to provide the best care, and sometimes that means extending extra help managing disruptions to daily life after diagnosis."
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