Women have distinctly different needs during the phases of their lives. The Women’s Center in the Outpatient Pavilion provides a convenient, private and pleasant environment for procedures and tests including digital mammograms, breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and bone density studies. The Women's Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology as a result of achieving high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications,
facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.
The Maury Regional Women's Center offers digital mammography - the most advanced breast imaging technology available for early detection of breast cancer.
A digital mammogram uses a special detector to capture and convert X-ray energy into a digital image. The resulting digital images are immediately available to the radiologist for diagnosis. The radiologist can view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance visualization of the structures within the breast tissue. They can also adjust brightness and contrast, and zoom in on specific areas to help detect small calcifications, masses, and other changes that may be signs of early cancer.
In the event that a lump is discovered and confirmed with a diagnostic mammogram, the next course of action recommended by your physician will most likely be a biopsy. A biopsy is a procedure that is conducted to obtain a sample of the tissue in question to determine if it is benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). At Maury Regional Medical Center, surgeons in collaboration with the radiologists conduct three types of biopsies:
- Open Biopsy (surgical)
Maury Regional's approach to diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer combines high-quality care with compassion. If a biopsy confirms a cancerous mass, you and your physician will determine the best course of treatment—most often a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Following the removal of the cancerous tissue, you may be required to take chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of the two depending upon the stage of cancer. You and your physician will then select an oncologist, a physician who specializes in treating patients with cancer.
Lymphedema, most commonly associated with breast cancer, occurs when lymph fluid fills excessively in the lymph vessels, which causes swelling (edema) in the limbs and/or trunk. This can cause the tissue to become susceptible to infection, injury and fibrosis. Trained and certified therapists provide patients with a comprehensive lymphedema management program.
Maury Regional's Physical Therapy Center provides a comprehensive lymphedema management program through trained, certified therapists. Depending on your particular case, therapy may include: manual lymph drainage, multi-layer bandaging, a compression garment, treatment with compression pump and instruction in lifestyle modifications to help control lymphedema.
Lymphedema management is provided under your physician’s written order and may be scheduled by calling 931.380.4014.
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Breast Cancer Support Groups
The Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the third Monday of each month at Maury Regional Medical Center in the Women's Center in the Outpatient Pavilion (no meetings July, August and December). Women who have experienced breast cancer are provided support and solutions to problems from trained professionals and guest speakers. For more details, please call 931.540.4166.
Reach to Recovery is a volunteer visitation program for breast surgery patients. The Reach to Recovery volunteer, a woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, provides emotional support and an educational kit containing a temporary prosthesis and information. For more details, call 931.388.6525 or 1.800.ACS.2345.
For additional information on breast cancer, visit www.cancer.org
Bone Densitometry is used to diagnose the presence and extent of osteoporosis. The process is quick, painless and precisely measures changes in bone density to provide invaluable information in the assessment of metabolic bone disease. With the proper diagnosis, a treatment plan is developed to help you build bone density.
Bone densitometry is performed in the Outpatient Pavilion at Maury Regional Medical Center. For more information, call 931.540.4167.
Wig Bank & Support Services
The Women's Center also operates a wig bank and provides services to patients through the Women's Center Fund of the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation. The wig bank is a collection of wigs, head wraps and other head coverings that are donated to women undergoing chemotherapy who would not otherwise be able to acquire such pieces. The fund also provides mammograms for women who cannot financially afford this screening.
Women’s Center Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(For appointments and scheduling, please call 931.380.4044)