Mother, sister, daughter. That’s how we treat every woman who walks through our doors for breast healthcare – like she is a member of our Firelands family, no matter what she may be visiting us for.
The Center for Breast Care at Firelands Regional Medical Center provides a full spectrum of breast care, including breast exams and mammography for those in Norwalk, Sandusky, Huron, Fremont, and nearby. We understand the unique healthcare concerns of women and are dedicated to meeting their specific needs.
Our breast health services include:
- 2D/3D digital mammography
- SmartCurve system for comfort
- Breast Ultrasound
- Bone density scan
- Breast MRI
- Lymph node imaging (sentinel node)
- Self-referral mammogram appointments accepted
- Biopsy/aspiration guided by a breast ultrasound
- Stereotactic core breast biopsy
- MRI guided breast biopsy
- Radioactive seed breast localization
- Surgical biopsy
The Center for Beast Care offers the latest in mammogram comfort with SmartCurve. The SmartCurve system provides a curved compression surface that offers a more comfortable patient experience without compromising image quality, exam time, or dose.
Digital Mammography with 3D Option
An annual screening mammogram is recommended for all women aged 40 and over. Whether you're looking for 3D mammography in Norwalk, Sandusky, Huron, Fremont, or nearby, you can find it here. The goal of screening this breast exam is to detect cancer when it is still too small to be felt. If the patient has a strong family or personal history of breast cancer, or if there are any noticeable changes, a diagnostic mammogram may be performed. Learn more about our 3D mammography services here.
Breast Ultrasound and Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
Using high-frequency sound waves to visualize the breast, breast ultrasound is most commonly used to evaluate abnormalities, such as cysts or solid masses. The ultrasound-guided biopsy is helpful in evaluating lumps that can be felt but are difficult to see on a mammogram. It is performed using a local anesthetic. Benefits of this less-invasive breast exam include minimal scarring and immediate return to normal activities.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
This biopsy uses stereotactic guidance or computerized imaging of the breast from different angles to determine the precise location of an abnormality. This biopsy is performed using a local anesthetic. Benefits of this less-invasive biopsy include minimal scarring and immediate return to normal activities.
Bone Densitometry (DEXA Scan)
Until recently, osteoporosis often went undiagnosed, progressing silently over the years, until a fracture occurred. With the development of dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan, early diagnosis is possible and fractures associated with this disease can be prevented. In this safe, painless 10-minute scan, minimal radiation is used to determine the bone density of the spine, hip, or forearm.
If your physician has ordered lab work, you can have your blood drawn in the Center for Breast Care. Simply present your lab work orders when you arrive for your other services.
- Partial mastectomy
- Modified radical mastectomy
- Skin sparing mastectomies
- Nipple-sparing mastectomies
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy
- Immediate breast reconstruction
- TRAM flap
- Latissimus dorsi flap
- Fat transfer/grafting
- Nipple reconstruction
- Breast reduction
- Endocrine therapy
- Targeted therapy (biologic therapy)
- Clinical trials
- Weekly multidisciplinary breast cancer conference
- Fertility preservation (by referral)
- External beam radiology (3D CRT, FIF, IMRT)
- Accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI-EBRT)
- Peer review of all treatment plans with University Hospitals
- Clinical trials
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Lymphedema management
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Massage* and Reiki*
- Guided imagery *(by referral)
- Pet therapy
- From Cancer to Health program (stress management and coping intervention in collaboration with Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services)
- Acupuncture*(by referral)
*The Foundation for Firelands provides funding for these services.
Supportive Care & Symptom Management
- Nutritional services
- Social work services
- Pain management
- Genetic counseling
- Look Good... Feel Better*
- Palliative medicine (by referral to Stein Palliative Medicine)
- Patient Navigator to assist with barriers to care and coordinate assistance
- Reach to Recovery*
- Video conference ability with University Hospitals tumor board
*In collaboration with the American Cancer Society.
- Lactation specialists with consultations available
- Return to work program
Here for You Every Step of the Way
No matter what breast health needs you may have, you will not be alone as you navigate our breast care services. Our Community Health Workers are available to support you within your community. While not medical professionals, these women act as natural support systems for the community. They connect with the local minority and senior citizen populations to identify individuals who are in need of screening, such as 3D mammography and self-referral mammograms, in Norwalk, Sandusky or elsewhere and encourage them to get screened. They will also help these individuals navigate through the healthcare system.
Once you arrive at Firelands Regional Medical Center, our patient navigator is here to help you and your family “navigate” the healthcare services and provider referrals. No need to worry about figuring out where to go, who to see, or what tests to have done. This also helps to ensure prompt diagnosis and treatment between all members of the multidisciplinary team.