At Mease Countryside Hospital, our breast health services span the continuum of care, from screenings to surgery to support.
The Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center at Mease Countryside Hospital offers an integrated network of comprehensive breast health services focused on the needs and concerns of all women. Our convenient Safety Harbor location offers a tranquil atmosphere, upgraded amenities and comfortable women's only waiting areas.
Every physician at the center is board-certified and fellowship trained in breast radiology. Every nurse and technologist is a specialist in breast health. And every piece of diagnostic equipment is the best of its kind. The staff at the center is committed to providing the most accurate answers in the shortest possible time frame with the compassion every woman deserves. In fact, for diagnostic mammograms, a team member will discuss your test results with you even before you leave. Biopsy results are communicated to both you and your physician, usually within 24-48 hours.
Digital Screening Mammography
Screening mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40. Research has shown that annual mammograms lead to early detection of breast cancers, when they are most curable and breast-conservation therapies are available.
Digital Diagnostic Mammography
Diagnostic mammography is used to evaluate a patient with abnormal clinical findings-such as a breast lump or lumps-that have been found by the woman or her doctor. Diagnostic mammography may also be done after an abnormal screening mammography in order to evaluate the area of concern on the screening exam.
High-Resolution Breast Ultrasound
This is typically used to determine if an abnormality is cystic (fluid-filled) or solid and, if a solid tumor, whether it has benign or malignant features. This helps the radiologist determine if the next step is routine follow-up, short interval follow-up, aspiration or biopsy.
Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsies
A breast biopsy is the removal of cells or tissue from a suspicious mass. The tissue or cells are then examined under a microscope to check for breast cancer cells. Minimally invasive biopsies have proven to be just as accurate as open surgical biopsies, but without the recovery time.
Breast MRI for High-Risk Problem-Solving Studies
A state-of-the-art technology that is able to identify additional breast tumors that other exams would fail to detect. Based upon detailed cross-sectional high-resolution imaging and the analysis of flow of injected contrast through tissue, breast MRI can identify up to 95 percent of invasive breast cancers.
MRI-Guided Breast Biopsies
Magnetic resonance imaging is used to help guide the radiologist's instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.
Breast Gamma Imaging
A nuclear imaging technique proven to be an effective tool to aid in the detection of breast cancer and in the differentiation of malignant and benign tissue when a mammogram or ultrasound is inconclusive
Should you receive a breast cancer diagnosis, our board-certified surgeons can provide you with a range of surgical options depending on the size, location and type of breast cancer you have. These options include:
Additional treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormone therapy are also available.
Cancer Patient Support Services
In addition to our extensive clinical services, Mease Countryside Hospital also offers patients and families a wide range of support services through our Cancer Patient Support Services (CaPSS) program. Free support groups for women and caregivers are available, as is free individual and family counseling by specialized oncology counselors. Mease Countryside Hospital is also home to the Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library.
For more information about Mease Countryside Hospital's breast cancer services, please call (727) 725-6111. You can also take a free, 7-minute online breast cancer risk assessment.
Mease Countryside Hospital
3231 McMullen Booth Rd.
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
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To schedule a screening at Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center, call (727) 461-8555.
Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center
Mease Countryside Hospital,
Medical Arts Building
1840 Mease Drive
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
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