“One of the reasons it’s so important is, in the past, if [women] weren’t able to get [a mammogram], then they would be diagnosed in stage 3 or 4,” she explained. “The cost of that, even if we could get them funding, would be outrageous. Then you’re talking about chemo and radiation.”
She continued that breast cancer caught in an early stage can result in a simple lumpectomy, as opposed to a mastectomy (removal of an entire breast). Mauney said PPGH is also fully capable of performing all of the above-mentioned breast cancer treatments.
“We can do all of that here, at home, so [the patient] doesn’t have to go all the way to the Metroplex to have those horrible things done,” she said. “We can keep it all in her hometown, in her home county, where she’s comfortable. That’s our goal: to keep everything that we possibly can here, where they don’t have to travel and go outside of their comfort zone.”
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