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Time out for Women: Lumpectomy or Mastectomy? How do I Choose?

  • Posted Oct 13, 2015
  • hchadmin

Deciding whether to have a mastectomy or a lumpectomy is a highly personal and difficult choice for women facing breast cancer. Join Marnie Kaplan, MD, Breast Surgeon, as she discusses what you need to consider as you weigh your options on Thursday, Ocotber 15 at 6 pm at the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center, 1000 NE 56th Street. Refreshments will be served.  

Click here to register online or call 954-351-7804. 


A Moment of Prayer for Breast Cancer Patients

  • Posted Oct 08, 2015
  • hchadmin

The Holy Cross Community is invited to join us in a moment of prayer on Friday, October 9 at 9 am, for those battling breast cancer.

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On this morning we are choosing to place the Mercy Moment (a brief reflection delivered daily over the PA system) at 9 am in order to give more people the opportunity to be included in praying for those who are struggling with breast cancer. We ask you to stop what you are doing for a moment to pray this prayer in support of breast cancer patients and those who care for them.

Merciful God, ease the suffering of those who seek your comfort and strength as they cope with the pain and fear of breast cancer. Grant them assurance of your love, a gift that can ease their fear and anxiety. Bless those who surround them, family, friends, and caregivers.  May these loving persons share their hope and faith with the cancer patient as they all journey the road of illness together.

Give to all, patient and caregivers, the courage to face each day knowing  that you hold them in the palm of your loving hand. We ask this trusting in you gracious mercy.


Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • Posted Oct 01, 2015
  • Christine Walker

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Michael and Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center & Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center have collaborated to kick off an exciting month full of activities, education and more for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In appreciation of you, our valued patients, we will offer the following throughout October:

-Chair massages during peak hours at the Women's and Imaging centers

-Pink breast cancer awareness ribbons at the Women's and Imaging centers

-Delicious pink cookies on select days at the Women's and Imaging centers

-A special spa event for cancer patients on October 20. More details to come

-A special presentation on advances in breast cancer treatment is planned for our Breast Cancer Support Group meeting on October 26 at 6 pm.  Please call Dr. Christina Austin-Valere at 954-267-7770 to learn more or to RSVP.

Look for inspiring stories from our very own cancer survivors featured in the Sun-Sentinel's Life Victories throughout the month of October.  We will post their stories on this blog, so if you miss the stories in the paper, check back here.

Early Detection Saves Lives

-Holy Cross is offering a $75 screening mammogram from October 1st through November 14th. This special price is available this year for our newest  technology, tomosynthesis (3D Mammography(TM) technology) as well as conventional 2D digital mammography.  Schedule your mammogram today at the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center or at our Holy Cross Urgent Care & Imaging Center in East Boca Raton by calling 954-202-0722.

-3D Mammography(TM) technology is here at the Bienes Cancer Center and the Boca Raton Urgent Care & Imaging Center, and offers a number of benefits, including: when combined with a conventional 2D mammogram, a 40% higher invasive cancer detection rate than 2D mammography alone; and up to a 40% reduction in recall rates.

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment
A brief series of questions regarding family history and other risk factors has been added to the pre-procedure questionnaire which patients complete prior to their mammogram.  Answers are entered into our imaging software to calculate your risk of breast cancer.  The risk score is reported on your mammography report.

Supporting the Cause
Holy Cross is a proud sponsor of this year's Broward County Making Strides Against  Breast Cancer walk on October 31 at Huizenga Park.
Please click here to join our team.

All are invited to participate in the Brighton Gives Back fundraising initiative. Brighton Collectibles in the Galleria Mall will donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of a special pink bracelet to support Holy Cross' Partners in Breast Health Program, which provides free mammograms to uninsured women in Broward County who qualify.

On the Lighter Side
Participate in our Dress Your Pet in Pink contest, open to Associates and community members alike. See the flier below for contest rules. 

Look for the roving pink photo frame at Holy Cross and our events throughout the month and share your photos in social media with #HolyCrossPink and #GetScreened.

Click here to watch us "Nae Nae" in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our superbly person-centered team at the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center.

On a More Serious Note
Join us at our monthly Time Out for Women seminar with Dr. Marnie Kaplan on Thursday, October 15 from 6-7 pm as she discusses Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy: How do I choose? Deciding whether to have a mastectomy or a lumpectomy is a highly personal and a difficult choice for women facing breast cancer. Call 954-351-7804 or click here to register for this free event at the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center. Refreshments will be served.




Save the Date: Winter Oncology Symposium

  • Posted Sep 22, 2015
  • hchadmin

Holy Cross Hospital, together with the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, presents a Winter Oncology Symposium on Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 8:00am to 5:00pm in the Sister Innocent Conference Center at Holy Cross Hospital, 4725 North Federal Highway.

Join us as we explore benign and malignant hematology, head and neck cancer, neuro-oncology and melanoma with specialists from the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and the Holy Cross Michael and Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 For more information and to register for this FREE symposium, call 954-351-7833.


Make a commitment to your breast health at our Pink Ribbon Facility

  • Posted Aug 04, 2015
  • hchadmin

An annual mammogram is one of your best defenses against breast cancer. And as a Pink Ribbon Facility, Holy Cross Hospital is recognized as providing excellence in breast health paired with exceptional commitment and support to the women of our community.

Digital mammography offers more convenience and peace of mind for our patients:

  • No waiting for results...Same day results available.
  • The technology to find cancers earlier.
  • Don’t wait, make an appointment, tell a loved one, and remember that early detection saves lives.

There's no better time.

Call us today to learn more and to schedule your next mammogram 954-202-0277.  

3D Mammography(TM) Examinations are now available at Holy Cross.   

Do it for you. Do it for those that love you.

New 3D Mammography (TM) Technology at Holy Cross offers better chance to diagnose breast cancer earlier, at more treatable stages

  • Posted Jul 28, 2015
  • hchadmin

Holy Cross is excited to offer the 3D Mammography (TM) brand breast tomosynthesis system for breast cancer screening at the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center.  Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. 

The center’s Selenia® Dimensions® breast tomosynthesis system is made by Hologic, a world leader in digital mammography. The Selenia Dimensions system offers exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and the ground-breaking tomosynthesis platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance for all breast types. 1

“Holy Cross is committed to continually seeking ways to improve the patient experience and the advancement of women’s health,” said Howard Rubinson, MD, Diagnostic Radiologist.  “We believe Breast Tomosynthesis will benefit screening and diagnostic mammography patients, while offering the greatest benefit to women with dense breasts.”

Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a 40% higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone.2-4   Tomosynthesis technology gives radiologists increased confidence with up to a 40% reduction in recall rates. 4-5

The tomosynthesis screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram.  During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles.  These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

By offering women the latest and accurate6 technology in mammography, Holy Cross expects to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer.  Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.7

Holy Cross Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering breast tomosynthesis digital mammography, Holy Cross provides the latest in imaging technology. If you would like to schedule a mammogram, please call 954-202-0277.

If you have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact Linda Hamilton, Patient Navigator, at 954-351-4773.


1  Rafferty E, Park J, Philpotts L, et al. “Assessing Radiologist Performance Using Combined Digital Mammography and Breast Tomosynthesis Compared with Digital Mammography Alone: Results of a Multicenter, Multireader Trial.” Radiology. 2013 Jan; 266(1):104-13. Epub 2012 Nov 20.

2 Skaane P, Bandos A, Gullien R, et al. “Comparison of Digital Mammography Alone and Digital Mammography Plus Tomosynthesis in a Population-based Screening Program.” Radiology. 2013 Apr; 267(1):47-56. Epub 2013 Jan 7.

3 Ciatto S, Houssami N, Bernardi D, et al. “Integration of 3D Digital Mammography with Tomosynthesis for Population Breast-Cancer Screening (STORM): A Prospective Comparison Study” The Lancet Oncology. 2013 Jun;14(7):583-589. Epub 2013 Apr 25.

4 Rose S, Tidwell A, Bujnock L, et al. “Implementation of Breast Tomosynthesis in a Routine Screening Practice: An Observational Study.” American Journal of Roentengenology. 2013 Jun; 200(6): 1401-1408. Epub 2013 May 22.

5 Haas B, Kalra V, Geisel, J et al. “Comparison of Tomosynthesis Plus Digital Mammography and Digital Mammography Alone for Breast Cancer Screening.” Radiology. 2013 Jul 30. [Epub ahead of print].

6Zuley M, Bandos A, Ganott M, et al.  “Digital Breast Tomosynthesis versus Supplemental Diagnostic Mammographic Views for Evaluation of Noncalcified Breast Lesions.”  Radiology. 2013 Jan; 266(1):89-95. Epub 2012 Nov 9.

7 Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011, American Cancer Society.



Below is a commentary from Maureen G. Mann, MS, MBA, FACHE, Executive Director of the Michael and Dianne Bienes Cancer Center at Holy Cross Hospital, urging lawmakers to oppose House Bill 169. 

"...I am a very involved volunteer with the American Cancer Society...so this particular bill causes me great concern. Please see the notes below and VOTE NO when this bill comes to the floor...

Oppose House Bill 169
Nicotine Products & Nicotine Dispensing Device

Originally, the intent of HB 169 was to prohibit the sale of nicotine products and nicotine dispensing devices (e-cigarettes) to minors. However, added amendment language would strip local governments of their ability to regulate all tobacco products and e-cigarettes, overturn existing ordinances, and block future opportunities to protect kids in the retail environment. For example, many of the product placement ordinances we currently have in Florida go beyond the minimum standards set by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), requiring that ALL tobacco products are placed behind the counter at retail stores, not just cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. With the preemption language, the bill now does more harm than good in the fight to keep Florida’s children tobacco free.

Key Points
Many of the ordinances we currently have in Florida deal with product placement, requiring that all tobacco, not just cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, are placed behind the counter at retail stores. They are stronger than the minimum standards required by the FDA and are all meant to keep tobacco
products out of the hands of children.

In-store tobacco displays serve to increase product availability, visibility and brand awareness and stimulate trial and purchase of products.1 Product placement laws limit youth access to tobacco via illegal sales and shoplifting.
Proponents for preemption claim that we need a uniform state law that covers all businesses rather than a patchwork of local ordinances. The fact is retailers are used to complying with a variety of local laws, including zoning, traffic restrictions, health regulations and even alcohol sales. Tobacco regulations
are no different than other regulations that vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.        
Local governments are more flexible and responsive than state government in effectively dealing with emerging problems and finding innovative solutions. Local governments are closer to the community and have been more effective than the state or federal government in addressing the problem of
tobacco use.

My Position
State laws should serve as a minimum standard for a policy objective while allowing communities to enact stronger ordinances to protect their youth and residents in the most appropriate manner. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and our partners ask that you oppose HB 169 and prevent the dismantlement of effective local tobacco ordinances around the state."


About the Center

The Michael & Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the Cancer Care Leader in Broward County. Dedicated to providing patients with precise diagnosis, the latest and most advanced treatment and aftercare options, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to care, a compassionate and spiritual healing environment, and an affiliation with the National Cancer Institute. We are also working together with Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center to provide South Florida residents with rapid access to specialized cancer care and genetics counseling.

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