FRIDAY, MAY 25: A new biopsy suite at the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre was unveiled today.
In addition to the new suite, there is also a premium ultrasound system to capture not only extraordinary images displayed in real-time, but also to perform ultrasound-guided breast biopsies and cyst drainage
The new biopsy is named after Mary-Jean Mitchell Green who died of breast cancer in 1990 at the age of 38, which was three years after being diagnosed with cancer.
Her husband Peter and sons Andrew and Alexander donated $50,000 to Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre in 2010 to launch the fundraising campaign toward the purchase of the Centre’s premium ultrasound and biopsy equipment.
Tara Soares, executive director of Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre said: “Unveiling these new services for our patients is particularly special for us because of the special connection to the late Mary-Jean Mitchell Green.
“With breast cancer, early detection is key, and we are so grateful to the Green family for their continued support and generosity to Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre, which has enabled us to purchase technology to improve breast cancer detection and, potentially, save a life.”
Dr David, Green, clinical director of the centre and specialist in breast radiology said: “This is the next logical step for us.
“It’s more effective to manage every part of a patient’s diagnosis and we are thrilled to be able to offer this for our patients who may initially come to us for a routine mammogram.”
Once the biopsy is complete, Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre sends the tissue samples to a team of breast specialist pathologists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and within three to five days will have full results to provide to the patients primary care physician, general or family practitioner.
Dr Greene continued: “During the diagnostics stage, we want to make our patients’ experience as stress-free as possible.
“Waiting for results can make anyone anxious, and now we are able to speed up that process significantly while also providing full diagnostic services within the comfortable surroundings of the Centre.”
For more information on the services at Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre, call 236-1001 or visit http://www.chc.bm.