Pinktober is B101.5 Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
Powered by Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.
Breast cancer remains one of the most common malignancies of women. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that there will be more than 300,000 new cases diagnosed this year. There will be nearly 40,000 deaths due to breast cancer, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. The lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is 1 in 8, while the chance of dying from breast cancer is 1 in 36.
Today, there are nearly 3 million breast cancer survivors and early detection of breast cancer has resulted in improved survival rates. The ACS recommends frequent breast self-examinations, clinical breast exams by a health professional, and yearly routine mammograms. Patients considered at high risk for breast cancer, such as those with other family members with the disease, may benefit from more frequent exams or additional tests, such as MRI.
Breast cancer remains a significant health challenge. Patients are advised to seek a cancer center which offers a multi-disciplinary approach to cancer management. The new Spotsylvania Regional Cancer Center, in partnership with VCU Massey Cancer Center, provides such an opportunity. The facility is located adjacent to Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center at 4600 Spotsylvania Parkway behind Cosner Corner shopping area. For more information, contact 540-498-4804.
Spotsylvania Regional Cancer Center
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center’s new cancer center – Spotsylvania Regional Cancer Center – is now open and features state-of-the-art radiation oncology services jointly delivered by Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center. The Spotsylvania Regional Cancer Center, located in the Pogonia Medical Arts Building at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, encompasses 7,000 square feet and features a Varian TrueBeam high energy linear accelerator and 4-D General Electric Optima Simulator that offer innovative radiation treatments, including image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), high dose rate after loading, partial breast irradiation, prone breast treatment and respiratory gating.
Michael Porrazzo, M.D., of Massey serves as the director of radiation oncology at Spotsylvania Regional Cancer Center (SRCC). Board-certified in radiation oncology with more than 20 years of experience in delivering leading-edge radiation treatments, Porrazzo will lead the SRCC radiation oncology team to provide multidisciplinary evaluation, treatment planning and care for all types of adult cancer in collaboration with local oncologists and other physicians specializing in cancer-related care who provide medical and surgical oncology services at SRCC.
Mammos & Massages @ SRMC
Join SRMC every Monday's, Tuesday's and Wednesday's in October for “Mammos and Massages” - a fun-filled time of munchies, massages and mammograms to be held at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. And with our MammoPad© Breast Cushion, your mammogram discomfort is reduced significantly. If you’re 40+ and haven’t had a mammogram in at least a year, please contact Kristin Thompson at 540-848-4510 or register online at tinyurl.com/Mammoandmassage. Don’t hesitate. Because you only get one.
Pink Monday's @ SRMC
Come to Pink Mondays, a seminar series featuring important breast health information presented by physicians, clinical experts and community leaders. Seminars begin at 5:30 p.m. at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, 4600 Spotsylvania Parkway, Fredericksburg. A light supper is included. Pink Mondays are free, however space is limited. Call 888-685-1610 to register.
Oct 14 – Genetics: Mary Wilson, Nurse Practitioner & Dr. Sudeep Menachery, Hematology/Oncology
Oct 21 – Breast Cancer Updates with the Doctors: Dr. Michael Porrazo, Radiation Oncology; Dr. Jeff Weigle, Radiology; Dr. Kay Blanchard, Surgery
Dr. Howard Heppe, Plastic Surgery & Dr. Timothy Cannon, Hematology/Oncology
Oct 28 – Taking Care of Yourself: Dr. Jules Feledy, Plastic Surgery; Donna Hetrick, Wildtree Products & Cheryl Crane
How you can help:
Stop by Sweet Reasons in Central Park and purchase the official Pinktober Cupcake. Sweet Reasons will donate a portion of the proceeds to The Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is powered by Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.