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Patient Takes on Breast Cancer with Help from MCH
July 20, 2011
With the help of Madison County Hospital's Breast Care Clinics, one Sedalia woman was able to get the treatment she needed after being diagnosed with breast cancer, so she could get back to planning her daughter's high school graduation party.
Starting in the spring of 2010, the Battelle Breast Care Center with the support of the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been offering Breast Care Clinics, which provide mammograms and clinical breast exams at no out-of-pocket-cost to women regardless of their financial situation.
"My daughter told me about the Breast Care Clinics and encouraged me to go," said Renée Hall. "Because of our insurance situation, I hadn't had a mammogram in two years, and my mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago."
At her appointment last October, Renée met with Ruth Roddy, RN, the Breast Care Specialist at Madison County Hospital. Ruth taught Renée the proper technique for breast-self exam. Through their conversation, Renée mentioned that she had some concerns about a lump she had felt. Ruth made sure to make a note for the mammographer about the location of the lump.
"When it comes to your breast health, it's important to know your body and understand what's normal for you," said Ruth. "Your insight can assist your physician in learning more about your health."
After Renée's visit to the Breast Care Clinic, Ruth called her to let her know the mammogram was abnormal. After more tests and a lumpectomy, Dr. Don Hura confirmed that Renée had breast cancer.
Renée is underwent treatment at Madison County Hospital with Dr. Tarek Chidiac. MCH is a satellite site for Dr. Chidiac and the Zangmeister Center in Columbus.
"Everyone has been so good throughout this entire process," said Renée. "Ruth has always been there to answer my questions, and Dr. Chidiac is a great doctor."
Renée and her husband have three children, and her youngest graduated from high school this spring. She did not let her cancer get in the way of planning a great party. Renée has also become somewhat of a breast health advocate in her community.
"I tell women, 'Would you rather undergo the discomfort of a mammogram or the painful treatment of breast cancer?'" said Renée. "It helps put things in perspective."
In addition to the Breast Care Clinics, Madison County Hospital also offers a Breast Cancer Endowment Fund to help Madison County women pay for breast cancer treatment services.
"Some women are concerned that if they can't afford a mammogram, then they won't be able to afford extra screenings or breast cancer treatment," said Ruth. "With the support of Susan G. Komen and Madison County Hospital, we are able to take care of women regardless of their breast care needs or financial restraints."
To make a mammogram appointment at the Breast Care Clinic, please call 740-845-7100 and refer to the clinic.