Hinsdale – The recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month often reminds women age 40 and older to schedule their annual mammogram. But anytime is a good time to come in for a mammogram at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s three offsite imaging centers.
“Because we respect your busy schedule, we’ll get you in quickly so you can get your results and get going,” said Dr. Patricia Madej, an oncologist who treats patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “In contrast to some hospitals that have seven-month waits, we accept same-day and next-day appointments for screening mammograms at all of our sites.”
Patients do not need to travel outside of their community to receive quality breast-health care, Madej added. The Adventist imaging network features digital imaging, which has the potential to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage than traditional X-ray mammograms. Early detection is a key factor in breast cancer survival.
“Our centers employ eight trained breast imaging radiologists, including two who are dedicated exclusively to mammography,” said Dr. Donald Sweet, another oncologist who treats patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “Our statistics for early diagnosis, breast conservation and prognosis have consistently been equal to or better than the university center nearest our hospitals. Our community-centered facilities and staff provide expert, compassionate care that is individualized and close to home.”
In fact, compared to teaching hospitals in Illinois and similar comprehensive community cancer programs in the state, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital physicians diagnose more breast cancer patients at an earlier stage. Early diagnosis can increase a patient’s chance of survival. Nearly 90 percent of breast cancer patients diagnosed at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital were diagnosed in the early stage (0 to 2), compared to 80.6 percent of patients nationally, 81.9 percent of patients at Illinois teaching hospitals and 84.2 percent of patients at comprehensive community cancer programs in Illinois, according to most recent data available from the National Cancer Database, Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The data was reported in 2005.
Learn more about Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s mammography services at an open house, scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the DuPage Imaging Center, 908 N. Elm St., suite 404, Hinsdale. Chair massages will be available.
In addition to screening and diagnostic mammograms, the imaging centers offer breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and image-guided biopsies. Call (630) 856-7070 to schedule an appointment at any of the following locations:
· Grant Square Imaging, 333 Chestnut St., suite L01, Hinsdale (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
· DuPage Imaging Center, 908 N. Elm St., suite 404, Hinsdale (7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday)
· Westmont Imaging Center, 6311 S. Cass Ave., Westmont (7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Friday; 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday)