Comprehensive Breast and Women's Healthcare Center
 
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Claudia Perez, DO
Surgical Director of the Comprehensive Breast Care Center

Carey Weiss, MD
Co-Medical Director, Comprehensive Breast Care Center

Serena Viturawong, MD
Co-Medical Director, Comprehensive Breast Care Center
 
Contact:
To learn more about Mercy’s Comprehensive Breast Care Center or to make an appointment with a Mercy Hospital women’s health care provider, call 312.567.2600.

To schedule your screening mammogram, call 312.567.2273, or request an appointment online. A physician referral is required.

To learn more about Mercy's Whole Women, Whole Health program, please call 312.567.6724.

 

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Women's Health Center
Mercy’s Breast Care Center takes a comprehensive approach to women’s health—physical, emotional, and spiritual. The center’s seasoned team of radiologists, oncologists, and surgeons specialize in detecting breast cancer in the earliest stages, when it is most treatable. Should a biopsy or interventional procedure be necessary, the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, in the caring, comfortable, and private environment of the Breast Care Center..

 


Breast cancer is high on many women’s list of concerns, and rightly so – the disease strikes one in seven women and has no cure. Breast cancer has a long list of risk factors, but it can develop in any woman, even the young and otherwise healthy. Early detection of breast cancer is critical. Treatment is more effective if it can begin before tumors grow larger and stronger, or before the cancer begins to spread.


Experts agree that regular mammograms are the best way for women over the age of 40 to catch breast cancer when it is most treatable. For high-quality screening, Chicago women need look no further than Mercy. Mercy uses the latest protocols to aid in early detection, including digital mammography and R2, a computer-aided detection system for mammograms that draws attention to subtle changes in breast tissue.

 

To help you and all women of Chicago receive the very best care in the detection of breast issues, Mercy Hospital offers digital mammography.

 

The benefits of digital mammography are many including:

  • Improved accuracy in the diagnosis of abnormal tissue including cancer in women under 50
  • Quicker completion, so women spend less time in uncomfortable positions.
  • Quicker retrieval and storage of images.
  • Improved contrast as compared to traditional film mammography providing for improved reading and distinguishing between normal and abnormal breast tissue.
  • Image sharing between physicians is quicker and easier.
  • Digital technology provides a platform for new technologies, such as computer aided detection software, dedicated to advancing the early detection of breast cancer.
  • No film development waiting time, providing instant access to films.

“Digital mammography provides the opportunity to adjust contrast in the film and sections of the image can be magnified making it easier to identify differences in breast tissues” shares Dr. Carey Weiss, Radiologist and Medical Director of the Mercy Comprehensive Breast Center. “That ability to increase contrast when imaging dense tissue is particularly important, as dense breast tissue and malignant cells both appear white on traditional film mammograms.”

Experts agree that annual screening mammograms are the best way for women to detect breast cancer early, when it is most treatable. For added convenience, at Mercy screening mammogram appointments are available within just a few days with flexible hours! And, for added peace of mind, Mercy experts utilize the R2 ImageChecker, a state-of-the-art computer assisted detection system for mammograms that draws attention to subtle changes in breast tissue.

Because Mercy serves a diverse population and community, we are at the forefront of institutions aggressively addressing disparities in cancer care. Nowhere is this more evident than in our work with the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP). Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health, the IBCCP offers free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams, Pap tests and cancer treatment to uninsured and underinsured women. As a lead agency for IBCCP and the only Chicago-area hospital participating in the program, Mercy provides exams, diagnostic screenings and biopsies and coordinates treatment for women diagnosed with cancer.


Screening is available to all women—regardless of income level—and all women are welcome and encouraged to contact Mercy for an appointment. To learn more about IBCCP, call 312.567.2619 or visit www.cancerscreening.illinois.gov.

 

In addition to providing leaders in the early detection and treatment of Breast Cancer, Mercy is revolutionizing post-surgery care to women who have had recent lumpectomies or mastectomies.

 

Through a grant from the Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation, Mercy is able to provide free integrative therapies (acupuncture & massage) free of charge to women who complete treatment at Mercy. Free meditation and yoga and nutrition classes are also offered to women recovering from breast cancer. Therapies and classes help address treatment related symptoms, relieve anxiety, and help patients to build healthier lifestyles.

To learn more about Mercy's Whole Women, Whole Health program, call 312.567.6724.

 

Each year hundreds of walkers gather at Mercy’s Annual Walk for Life to show their support for women and men everywhere with breast cancer. Join us this year – there are lots of opportunities to show your support including walking, virtual walking, sponsorships, and volunteering.

 

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