One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The best defense is early detection. Maury Regional Health recommends that all women age 40 and older receive a mammogram annually and we provide mammography services at locations throughout southern Middle Tennessee, including:
- Maury Regional Womens Center, Columbia
- Lewis Health Center, Hohenwald
- Marshall Medical Center, Lewisburg
- Wayne Medical Center, Waynesboro
The Maury Regional Women's Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and also offers Genius™ 3D mammography in addition to conventional 2D mammography.
To schedule a mammogram at any Maury Regional Health facility, call 931.380.4044.
Genius™ 3D Mammography™
The Maury Regional Women's Center in Columbia now offers Genius™ 3D Mammography™. Utilizing advanced technology, Genius™ 3D exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancer when compared to conventional 2D mammography. Learn more about Genius™ 3D mammography on the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ page of our website.
Ultrasound imaging of the breast is primarily used to help diagnose breast abnormalities found during a mammogram or physical exam. Ultrasound assists in determining if an abnormality is solid, such as a tumor (benign or cancerous) or fluid-filled, such as a cyst.
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)
- Breast Cancer
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 in Columbia 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.
More on lymphedma management
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 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.
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.