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April 4, 2007Newport News, Virginia – For the first time April 2, patients have one access point for comprehensive breast care at the Dorothy G. Hoefer Comprehensive Breast Center located at Sentara Port Warwick health campus in Newport News.

The new 9,985 s.f. breast center offers the complete spectrum of breast care—everything from screening and diagnosis to biopsy and surgical consultation.

The center opens with some of the industry’s latest advanced imaging capabilities including three digital mammography units, the lower Peninsula’s first such equipment. Also available through the center are breast ultrasound, full range of biopsy capabilities, breast specific gamma imaging to aid in diagnosis, breast MRI, participation in clinical trials, bone densitometry capabilities, and Patient Navigators to help patients coordinate and understand their care.

“For our patients we’ve combined state-of-art breast imaging and biopsy technology with specialists to make quick and certain diagnoses. For even the most challenging cases, we have the right tools in a comfortable and private setting to ease our patients’ minds,” says Dr. Kelley Allison, co-medical director of the Dorothy G. Hoefer Comprehensive Breast Center.

To guide the care of newly diagnosed breast patients, a multidisciplinary team reviews their cases. The team of specially trained breast imagers, surgical oncologists, general surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists, registrars, and nurse navigators collaborate to develop the most effective treatment plan, one that will increase patients’ chance of survival and recovery.

“Breast care and breast cancer require a multidisciplinary approach in 2007. For our patients, treatment planning is done prospectively by all an entire team of specialists collaborating to determine the best treatment plan for our patients, says Dr. Richard Hoefer, medical director of Sentara CarePlex Hospital’s cancer program and co-medical director of the new center.

Designed with patients in mind, the new center provides private patient waiting areas, a resource center with internet access, and consultation areas where patients and families can gain treatment information.

“Being a part of the opening of the Dorothy G. Hoefer Comprehensive Breast Center is a career highlight for me. I take great pride in knowing the excellent and integrated care we’re offering patients in the region, says Kenneth Krakaur, Sentara’s President of the Peninsula Region.

Named for it significant benefactor, the center takes the name of native New Yorker, 92-year old Dorothy G. Hoefer, who is no stranger to breast cancer. This disease took the life of her step daughter and challenged a sister when survival rates were not what they are today. Hoefer’s $500,000 gift to Sentara Health Foundation helps support the vision of providing truly integrated breast care through one facility. About 15,000 patients are expected to be seen at the center in 2007.

“I can’t think of a better place to support cancer care than where I know good things are already happening,” says Dorothy Hoefer, who understands first hand the vision for cancer care on the Peninsula. Her son is surgical oncologist Dr. Richard Hoefer, medical director of Sentara CarePlex Hospital’s cancer program.

Breast cancer touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of new families each year. Every three minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer and this year, an estimated 212,920 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed. 1

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
Age. Women are more likely to be diagnosed after age 50. 
 Heredity. Women who tested positively for mutations in BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes are at greater risk—3 to 7 times more likely to develop breast cancer. 
 Family history. Women with close relatives are more likely to develop breast cancer. 
 Early puberty 
 Late childbearing 
 Increased alcohol consumption 

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1 American Cancer Society, "Detailed Guide: Breast Cancer," 2006

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