Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Boasts Strong Breast Cancer Detection Rates
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital January 06, 2011
Success attributed to state-of-the-art technology and subspecialty training
LAKE FOREST, IL – Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital (NLFH) excels at finding highly-treatable, early-stage cancers, recent statistics show. According to Clinical Practice Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), radiology practices should strive for more than 30 percent of screening-detected breast cancers to be minimal cancers. The NLFH breast center detects minimal cancers atmore than double the rate recommended by the HHS guidelines.
Breast cancers in the early stages are largely treatable, but small and impalpable on breast exams. Doctors and patients are dependent on screening mammography to find the early cancers. Catching the cancers before they have a chance to progress can lead to much higher treatment success rates.
“We have placed a renewed focus on proactive screening, which results in the detection of early-stage, otherwise undetectable cancers,” said Michelle Lee, MD, Co-Director of Breast Imaging at the hospital. “Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy in women. Our best tool for overcoming breast cancer is early detection.”
Lisa Miller, MD, also Co-Director of Breast Imaging, credits the hospital’s state-of-the-art technology and its focus on subspecialty training, in particular, for the high marks. Each radiologist who examines breast images is fellowship-trained in breast imaging. Miller also cites the cohesion amongst the breast imaging team.
“We continually audit our results across all locations, collaborating to ensure the highest detection rates possible,” said Lisa Miller, MD. “We are always striving to improve the standard of care that we provide.”
To better serve patients, NLFH doubled its number of diagnostic imaging facilities in recent years. The staff runs a highly-efficient program, providing patients with same-day screening appointments and next-day appointments for those with abnormal results.
Screening mammograms are currently available at seven of the hospital’s locations in Lake and northern Cook counties. Diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, breast MRIs and image-guided biopsies, including MRI-guided breast intervention procedures, are available at the main Lake Forest Campus and at the Grayslake Campus. Both the Lake Forest and Grayslake breast care centers have been awarded the Breast Care of Excellence designation by the American College of Radiology.
Learn more about imaging at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s diagnostic imaging locations.