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Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health Hosts free Program on Nov. 9

Joliet, IL (October 25, 2011)—We all hear about breast cancer, but what do you do if diagnosed with the disease? It seems wherever you turn you are flooded with opinions and treatment plans that can be confusing and can make the process daunting.

clark_patricia“Women can feel overwhelmed and confused by so many different opinions,” says Dr. Patricia Clark, board certified general surgery physician on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “Patients will feel more at ease if they understand how and why their physician makes certain decisions.”

Join Dr. Patricia Clark for a free women’s only program, Navigating Breast Cancer, on Wednesday, November 9 from 6:30 to7:30 p.m., to learn about common fears and confusions about breast cancer treatments. Dr. Clark will discuss current screening and treatment guidelines and tips on how to use the Internet to find accurate and helpful information. The free program will be held at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox—on the replacement hospital campus at I-355 and route 6.  To register to attend, click here or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Cancer care is a team effort. Your primary physician will refer you to other specialists, surgeons and radiologists, but it is so important for the patient to make sure they are part of the team too. “I often refer my patients to view the patient guide at The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) web site,” says Dr. Clark. The NCCN website   provides patients with information and resources based on guidelines derived from clinical trials, patient experience, and physician expertise. These guidelines are also closely followed by oncology physicians, making this a wonderful resource to begin navigating the course of treatment for breast cancer. The website provides step-by-step detail in the causes, treatments options, and processes to help clarify any confusion for both the cancer patient and their caregiver.

While the cause of breast cancer is not known, there are a number of risk factors that can increase the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. These risk factors include family history, menstrual cycles at a young age, late menopause, or giving birth to your first child late in life. It is also important for women to get an annual screening and to perform self exams. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is offering digital screening mammograms for just $100 to women who call in October to make an appointment before Nov. 30, 2011. The $100 screening mammogram includes the radiologist fee. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted at time of appointment—insurance will not be billed. Please mention SPECIAL MAMMOGRAM when calling (815) 300-7076 to schedule an appointment with a doctor’s order. You can also request an appointment online.  Don’t have a doctor? Call 1-888-660-HEAL or click here for a free referral. 

About Dr. Patricia Clark
Dr.Patricia Clark, M.D., board certified general surgery physician, attended medical school at the University of Colorado in Denver, CO.  She completed a general surgery residency at Exempla - St. Joseph Hospital in Denver CO. Her office is located with Progressive Surgical Associates, SC at 1300 Copperfield Ave., Suite 3060, Joliet. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 724-0932.

About the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health
The Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health represents a unique concept in women’s healthcare. The Center was the first in the region to provide an advanced level of diagnostics coupled with specialized care for women in one convenient location. The Center is located at 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Set in a soothing, spa-like environment, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health offers a variety of healthcare services designed around a woman’s needs and lifestyle. The Center’s crown jewel is full field digital mammography—the latest breast cancer testing available. In addition to digital mammography, the innovative Center offers women diagnostic breast ultrasound and breast biopsies, bone densitometry, and baseline heart screenings. Take a video tour of the Center at www.IMatter.silvercross.org.  To schedule an appointment at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, call (815) 300-7076. A physician’s order is required. If you don’t have a physician, call the free Silver Cross Physician Referral Service at 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in Feb. 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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