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    Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Cancer Center Offers New Technology for Breast Cancer Treatment

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    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and St. John’s Regional Cancer Center (SJRCC) is also spreading awareness about advanced new treatment for patients with breast cancer, a population that makes up approximately 40 percent of the patients at the center.

    St. John’s imaging services offer leading-edge 3D mammography technology, a technology that is easier and more thorough than before. Compared to traditional mammography, 3D imaging takes multiple breast images in just seconds, allowing your doctor to view your breast tissue in layers for a more complete picture. This is especially helpful for women with dense breast tissue, which can make cancer harder to detect.

    “Offering the latest technology is part of our continued commitment to providing our cancer patients with care that meets the highest standards of quality,” said Darren W. Lee, President and CEO of St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo. “St. John’s Regional Cancer Center offers the most advanced treatment options, and the acquisition of this new technology offers an additional measure of care and safety for our community.”

    This new technology enhances the preciseness of treatment provided to breast cancer patients by more accurately targeting the lymph nodes at risk and preventing radiation from reaching vital organs, such as the heart and lungs.

    These state-of-the-art enhancements to the breast program at SJRCC provide for more targeted treatment and add quality of life to patients who have undergone radiation for breast cancer.

    Diagnosing and treating cancer is complex. SJRCC uses a multidisciplinary approach, consisting of collaboration between specialized oncologists and physicians to determine the best treatment course. Every patient receives an individualized treatment plan.

    To schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram, please call (805) 983-0883. Our Imaging Services are located at the Medical Pavilion at St. John’s Regional Medical Center. Most insurance companies cover 3-D mammograms.

     

    About Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center

    St. John’s Regional Medical Center is a 265-bed acute care, award-winning facility. Serving Ventura County for more than one hundred years, St. John’s is the first and only Certified Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center in Ventura County and a recipient of the American Heart Association’s, Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Designated as a STEMI Receiving Center, St. John’s is highly recognized in the community for excellence in cardiac care and has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Blue Shield of California. Our Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and our Integrated Breast Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. SJRMC houses a comprehensive Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, providing specialized care to the tiniest patients as well as a Beacon Award-Winning Intensive Care Unit. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.

    Learn more at dignityhealth.org/stjohnsregional.


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