The Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre of Care, the Breast Health Centre (BHC) opened in 2007, primarily as a diagnostic imaging Centre. Believing a team effort is the best approach, the Centre expanded in 2012, adding telehealth services and physical space needed for teams to work together.

The Centre is now a place where imaging professionals, surgeons, nurse navigators, counsellors and other professionals collaborate to provide patient-centered care.

For patients and their loved ones who deal with the stress of a new diagnosis, it’s comforting to witness this coordinated effort that ensures they’re receiving the best possible care. Reducing stress and providing resources for patients and their families further encourages wellness and healing.

In recent years, the centre has added to its diagnostic capabilities with the addition of such tools as specialized MRIs for breast health patients and digital tomosynthesis mammography. Last year, supporters of Swinging with the Stars enhanced this – proceeds helped purchase an automated breast ultrasound, ideal for the 40% of women who have denser breasts.

Proceeds from Swinging with the Stars 2019 will help the Breast Health Centre replace its prone biopsy table.

Your support of Swinging with the Stars will promote patient comfort while enhancing the diagnostic capabilities of the Breast Health Centre.

Before the opening of the Breast Health Centre, biopsy procedures were challenging and adequate tissue samples difficult to obtain. This often meant women were subjected to an invasive surgery known as lumpectomy. The centre changed that in 2007, when it began performing stereotactic biopsies.

“This is done on a prone biopsy table, which is essentially a mammogram machine that also allows radiologists to do a minimally-invasive needle biopsy, using the mammogram images to guide the needle into place,” says Dr. Carolyn Flegg, a radiologist with the centre. She says it’s ideal for patients who have a change in their mammogram that is worrisome for cancer, but the change doesn't show up on an ultrasound.

With the Breast Health Centre performing hundreds of stereotactic biopsies every year, the current table that was installed in 2007 is simply wearing out.

The new equipment is naturally more reliable but also has many features that promote patient comfort. Automation and different size openings let physicians maneuver patients easier; it also allows them to more accurately insert the biopsy needle and obtain a proper sample on the first try.

Facing a breast health concern can be daunting. Your support of Swinging with the Stars will provide the best equipment and ensure patients are as comfortable as possible.