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Maimonides kicks-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 9, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Dr. Patrick Borgen, chair of surgery and director of the Maimonides Breast Center; Dr. Donna Marie Manasseh, chief of breast surgery; and Dr. Christina Giuliano, chief of breast imaging, stand outside the hospital on 10th Avenue after the pink flag was raised in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photos courtesy of Maimonides Medical Center

The team of specialists who treat breast cancer at Maimonides Medical Center joined together to kick-off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a flag-raising outside the hospital’s main entrance on 10th Avenue in Brooklyn.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year in the U.S. more than 200,000 women will get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women will die from the disease, according to the Center for Disease Control. The Maimonides Breast Cancer Center is leading the charge against breast cancer in Brooklyn. Housed in the Gilbert Rivera Pavilion at 745 64th St., our Breast Cancer Center has everything women need to combat this disease.  

“It is extremely important for women to get annual screenings and mammograms — early detection is key in increasing the survival rate among breast cancer patients,” says Dr. Patrick Borgen, chair of the Department of Surgery and director of the Maimonides Breast Cancer Program.

Maimonides is home to Brooklyn’s only fully accredited Breast Center, as designated by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers administered by the American College of Surgeons.

Additionally, the American College of Radiology has designated the center a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. 

“We receive over 7,500 patient visits annually and our facility provides one place that meets all of their treatment needs,” explains Borgen. “And our staff’s team mentality provides patients with a sense of family and support — the warmth and camaraderie engendered here are the special ingredients that truly set us apart.”

The $8.6 million facility fulfills the need for highly specialized breast cancer services in Brooklyn. Located in a 14,750-square-foot eco-friendly space, the center’s LED lighting and energy efficient heating/ventilation/air-conditioning systems offer patients a comfortable environment. The feature they appreciate most, though, is the spa-like décor with interior landscaping that includes a waterfall feature and soothing music.

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State-of-the-art technology at our Breast Center includes 3T MRI with advanced breast imaging and biopsy capability; three full-field digital mammography units — including tomosynthesis; Breast Specific Gamma Imaging unit; stereotactic breast biopsy unit; and three ultrasound units optimized for breast imaging and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

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