October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and St. John’s Regional Cancer Center (SJRCC) is also spreading awareness about advanced new treatment for patients with breast cancer, a population that makes up approximately 40% of the patients at the center.
St. John’s imaging services offer leading-edge 3D mammography technology, a technology that is easier and more thorough than before. Compared to traditional mammography, 3D imaging takes multiple breast images in just seconds, allowing your doctor to view your breast tissue in layers for a more complete picture. This is especially helpful for women with dense breast tissue, which can make cancer harder to detect.
“Offering the latest technology is part of our continued commitment to providing our cancer patients with care that meets the highest standards of quality,” said Darren W. Lee, President and CEO of St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo. “St. John’s Regional Cancer Center offers the most advanced treatment options, and the acquisition of this new technology offers an additional measure of care and safety for our community.”
This new technology enhances the preciseness of treatment provided to breast cancer patients by more accurately targeting the lymph nodes at risk and preventing radiation from reaching vital organs, such as the heart and lungs.
These state-of-the-art enhancements to the breast program at SJRCC provide for more targeted treatment and add quality of life to patients who have undergone radiation for breast cancer.
Diagnosing and treating cancer is complex. SJRCC uses a multidisciplinary approach, consisting of collaboration between specialized oncologists and physicians to determine the best treatment course. Every patient receives an individualized treatment plan.
To schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram, please call (805) 983-0883. Our Imaging Services are located at the Medical Pavilion at St. John’s Regional Medical Center. Most insurance companies cover 3-D mammograms.
St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard are members of Dignity Health Central Coast, an integrated network of top quality hospitals, with physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services – all recognized for quality, safety and service. Both hospitals are supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Hospitals in the Dignity Health Central Coast region also include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria. Learn more at DignityHealth.org/PleasantValley and DignityHealth.org/StJohnsRegional.