Breast Care Services


HSHS St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness Center combines the security of exceptional care with the comfort of caring individuals. We provide care to women from prevention, screening, and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up care in a consistent, compassionate and timely manner, led by Dr. Ruben Boyajian, Medical Director of Women’s Wellness and Cancer Care Services.
 

3D Mammography

A mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breast done in complete privacy by a specially-trained female technologist.

At our Women’s Wellness Center, we offer 3D mammography, which allows the radiologist to examine the breast tissue layer by layer. Instead of viewing all the complexities of breast tissue in a flat image (as with traditional 2D mammography), fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.

Extremely beneficial for patients with dense breasts (your doctor will be able to tell you if you have dense breasts).

3D Mammography offers these benefits:
  • 29% improvement in overall cancer detection.
  • Up to 40% reduced false positives.
  • Allows the radiologist to see masses and distortions associated with cancers significantly more clearly than conventional 2D.
  • Up to 40% reduction in recall rates (call backs) compared to 2D mammography.
 

Breast Biopsies

This procedure is performed to collect a sample of cells or tissue from the suspicious area for examination under a microscope by a pathologist. We offer several alternatives to surgery, which are faster and less painful, with fewer complications and less recovery time.  Please ask our Women’s Wellness Center staff for more information.
 

Nurse Navigator

Women’s Wellness Nurse Navigator assists patients through diagnosis and education to help them make informed decisions about their breast care. The Nurse Navigator is there to provide education and emotional support.
 

Breast Care Boutique

After a Breast Cancer diagnosis, St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness Center offers a full line of Amoena Mastectomy and Lumpectomy products to meet every women’s needs.  We offer pre-surgical and post-surgical bras and prosthetic forms, as well as other products upon request.

Certified mastectomy fitters are available on-site to ensure that women obtain an appropriate and comfortable fit.

HSHS St. Anthony's wants to make every patient's experience the very best possible. To provide increased care, comfort, and quality to mammography patients, the hospital has formed an Advisory Council lead by Dr. Ruben Boyajian, Medical Director of Women's Wellness and Breast Care Services at St. Anthony's. This multidisciplinary committee includes members of the medical staff, administration, Women's Wellness Nurse Navigator and a breast cancer survivor.

 

Resources


Look Good...Feel Better Program
American Cancer Society
Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program

 

Ultrasound


Ultrasound of the breast is a tool used for diagnosis and confirmation of an abnormal mammogram. If an abnormality is detected on a mammogram and the Radiologist recommends an ultrasound, it can be done the very same day, if this fits the woman's schedule.
 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)


MRIs show an increase or abnormal blood flow in the breast, which is a sign of early breast cancer. In concert with mammograms, MRIs are effective in detecting cancer in women with dense, non-fatty breasts.
 

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy


Stereotactic Breast Biopsy offers women a faster and less painful alternative to surgery, with fewer complications and less recovery time. This procedure is performed to collect a sample of cells or tissue from the suspicious area for examination under a microscope by a pathologist.
 

Wig Bank


HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital knows that feelings good about yourself is important, even more so when you’re fighting cancer. St. Anthony’s Wig Bank offers wigs free of charge to any cancer patient in need of a wig. Various styles and colors of wigs are available, donated by the American Cancer Society. After they are finished using it, recipients may return the wigs for someone else to use. All wigs are thoroughly cleaned before each use.

Those needing a wig may come to the St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness Center and ask to try on one of the many wigs available. Please call to make an appointment.
 

Breastfeeding Boutique


To make breastfeeding the most natural and positive experience, St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness Center offers a full line of Medela breastfeeding products.

Mothers can find help with choosing a breast pump, milk storage supplies, nursing bras designed especially for expectant and nursing mothers, breast pads, lanolin and nursing shields, as well as other accessories that provide added convenience for the breastfeeding mother.