Community Healthcare System Physician’s Practice Contribution Helps Women Get Breast Cancer Care

Community-Healthcare-System-Physicians-Practice-Contribution-Helps-Women-Get-Breast-Cancer-CareBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon Gus Galante, MD, has made a $1,000 donation to the Women’s Diagnostic Center of Community Hospital. The contribution to the Breast Cancer Awareness Fund will help local women – those without insurance and who otherwise couldn’t afford it - receive diagnostic breast care.

The donation was generated from a percentage of the proceeds from Dr. Galante’s breast patient cases during the month of October – Breast Cancer Awareness month. Raising breast cancer awareness has been an important ongoing cause for Dr. Galante.

“Like so many other people in our community, I have family members who have had breast cancer and have gone through treatment and reconstruction,” Galante said. “As a plastic surgeon, this is just one way I am able to give back.”

Breast cancer is a disease that can be diagnosed through routine mammography. The Women’s Diagnostic Center of Community Hospital offers digital mammography with same day results. With advances such as same-day results and coordination between area physicians, women can generally begin treatment for breast cancer within 10 days of diagnosis.

“We’re working to help women believe the truth that early detected breast cancers can be treated successfully,” said Mary Nicholson, MD, medical director of the women’s center in Munster.

“We strive to ease our patients’ minds, alleviate their stress and fear, and replace it with confidence in care that’s close to home. This funding will enable us to serve many more with the care they need,” she said.

“We recently utilized these funds for two patients; both have been diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer,” explained Suzanne Ruiz, RN, MS, NP-C, certified breast health navigator. “The funding covers diagnostic imaging, radiologist interpretation fees, biopsy fees and pathology fees.”

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