Women’s Services

Breast Health Services

If you are among the over 230,000 American women who learn they have breast cancer this year, Lake Health offers help -- and hope. Lake Health's Breast Center is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and offers a patient- and family-centered approach to the management of breast disease and breast health. As the only accredited breast center in Lake County, we provide comprehensive services for breast patients including, but not limited to digital mammography; breast ultrasound and MRI; minimally invasive core breast biopsies with stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI guidance; MammoSite; weekly multi-disciplinary breast conferences and breast health navigator, who is available to coordinate services and guide patients and families through the health care system.

Meet our Breast Health Coordinators

Lake Health offers breast health coordinators, someone who helps patients understand the difficult decisions related to breast treatment and help them navigate their health care experience. They offer assistance and emotional support to patients undergoing biopsies; newly diagnosed patients; and patients currently undergoing cancer treatments, such as surgery, reconstruction, chemotherapy and radiation. Teaming up with the patient's primary care physician, gynecologist, radiologist, surgeon, oncologist, radiation oncologist and plastic and reconstructive surgeon, breast health coordinators becomes a patient's advocate and acts as a liaison between the patient and physicians. They provide patients with a personal contact for support, information and guidance throughout their ordeal.

Kim Mamrack, RN, is a Lake Health's breast health coordinator. She works with patients with breast health concerns and with breast cancer patients at all Lake Health facilities. She earned her nursing degree from St. Vincent Charity School of Nursing and earned her certification as a breast health navigator from EduCARE. Kim can be reached at 440-205-5738 or via email at kim.mamrack@lakehealth.org.

Melissa Loop, RN, CN-BN, is a breast health coordinator at Lake Health. She connects with patients at all Lake Health facilities, and earned her ADN degree from Lakeland Community College and a BS degree from Louisiana State University. Melissa is a NCBC Certified Breast Navigator. She can be reached at 440-375-8121 or via email at melissa.loop@lakehealth.org.

Early Detection is Your Best Defense

Your best defense against breast cancer is early detection. Schedule mammograms in accordance with the guidelines for your age and doctor’s recommendations. Have your physician or nurse practitioner perform a clinical breast exam once a year. And perform monthly breast self-exams.

When Should You Have a Mammogram?

Annual mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing as long as a woman is healthy.

Digital Mammography at Lake Health

TriPoint Medical Center, West Medical Center, Mentor Campus  and Perrico Health Campus offer digital mammography. Digital mammography has been found to be diagnostically superior for pre- and peri-menopausal women. It also allows us to perform a mammogram faster without sacrificing image quality. That means we can service more patients each day, reducing the time that a woman has to wait to schedule her mammogram.

Lake Health offers breast tomosynthesis at both TriPoint and West medical centers and the Perrico Health Campus- a three-dimensional imaging technology that can aid with early cancer detection. The technology allows radiologists to examine breast tissue one layer at a time, unmasking signs of early cancer that can sometimes not be visible with traditional mammography.

The FDA-approved technology is used in conjunction with digital mammography to produce a three-dimensional image of the breast. Studies show that using breast tomosynthesis and digital mammography together can reduce “call backs” and can increase cancer detection rates. Annual digital mammography remains the optimal screening modality for early detection of breast cancer. 

Where Should You Have Your Mammogram?

Not all mammography facilities are created equal, so choose wisely. The American College of Radiology has an accreditation program for mammography facilities. Accreditation is an official endorsement by the American College of Radiology to ensure that only qualified physicians and personnel perform and interpret mammograms. Accreditation also ensures that equipment designed specifically for mammography is used to provide optimum mammographic examinations with the lowest possible risk. 

Lake Health offers mammography at several convenient sites, accredited by the American College of Radiology and have certificates of operation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In fact, TriPoint Medical Center and the Mentor Campus are ACR Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence. Some sites are open evenings and Saturdays. Pick the location that's best for you:

Schedule your mammogram today! Call Centralized Scheduling at 1-866-652-5253. You'll need a physician's order to schedule a mammogram. If you don't have a doctor, call the Best of Health Line at 440-953-6000 or 1-800-454-9800.

If you have any questions about mammography or breast cancer, or if you would like a physician referral, call the Best of Health Line at 440-953-6000 or 1-800-454-9800.

Preparation Tips for Your Mammogram

  • It is best to schedule your mammogram at the end of your monthly period when the breasts are least filled with fluid and are not tender.
  • If you have had a mammogram that was very painful, you may want to cut out caffeine for several days prior to your mammogram. You may also want to take ibuprofen or Motrin several days prior to the exam if you have no restrictions on taking these drugs.
  • On the day of your mammogram do not wear any deodorant, body powders or perfume. Take your deodorant in your purse and apply it after the exam.
  • It is helpful to wear comfortable clothing, possibly a skirt or pants, that will allow you to undress from the waist up.

What if I Find a Lump? Is it Cancer?

While you should be concerned about finding a breast lump, keep in mind that most lumps are not cancerous.

If you need a biopsy of a breast lump, Lake Health offers Image-Guided Core Breast Biopsy, one of the newest ways to diagnose a breast abnormality. Unlike traditional open surgical breast biopsies, this outpatient procedure involves taking a small sample of breast tissue using ultrasound- or stereotactic-guided technology without the need for incisions or general anesthesia. Image-Guided Core Breast Biopsy is appropriate for most patients whose mammograms detect an abnormality.

Image-Guided Core Breast Biopsy is available at TriPoint Medical Center and the Mentor Campus.

Introducing MammoSite

Lake Health is one of just a few hospitals in Northeast Ohio to offer a new radiation therapy called MammoSite to patients with early-stage breast cancer who choose to have lumpectomies. The MammoSite system delivers high-dose radiation directly to the site where the cancerous lump was removed, targeting the area where cancer would most likely recur. Unlike traditional beam radiation, which damages both cancer cells and healthy cells, targeted radiation is delivered from inside the body, which limits exposure to healthy cells. This helps minimize side effects such as skin discoloration, scarring, burning, fatigue and damage to surrounding organs. Another bonus:Targeted radiation therapy is completed in about five days compared with the six to seven weeks needed for traditional beam radiation. For a referral to a Lake Health physician who performs MammoSite, call the Best of Health Line at 440-953-6000 or 1-800-454-9800.

Breast Cancer Support Group

For breast cancer patients and survivors, Lake Health offers a Breast Cancer Support Group facilitated by breast health coordinator Kim Mamrack, RN. The group – open to breast cancer patients, survivors, their families and friends – provides support, information and compassion for women and men affected by breast cancer. The group meets at the Lake/University Ireland Cancer Center on the Mentor Campus on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through October, and once in early December, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Each meeting begins with a short presentation by a special guest. Topics range from physician question and answer sessions to proper bra fitting to exercises that lower the risk of cancer recurrence. The remaining group time features open discussion among participants.