Lake City hospital now offers digital mammography
Article was added on Wednesday, November 26, 2014
You won't find a more enthusiastic supporter of Lake City
Community Hospital than Ginger Joye.
The Santee Electric Cooperative member credits LCCH doctors and
radiologists with saving her life last year. Joye, who had no
family history of cancer, had a routine mammogram at LCCH in
January 2013. "There were absolutely no symptoms, no pain, no
anything," says Joye, who was 42 at the time.
The mammogram revealed no tumors. An OB/GYN also detected none.
But that February LCCH doctors ordered an ultrasound, which
revealed four hard-to-detect tumors. Joye soon underwent a
Later, she says, "I found out that I had nine out of 10 lymph
nodes positive (for cancer). If I hadn't had the surgery, it would
Joye, who has since become active in a support group for breast
cancer patients and survivors that is funded by the hospital's
foundation, is helping spread the word about how LCCH is now even
better equipped to detect signs of breast cancer.
In August, the hospital received new digital mammography
equipment that produces more accurate results - and does so almost
immediately, according to LCCH Radiology Director Kay Kinder. "With
digital, the image is obtained and it's available immediately on a
computer," she says. "As far as the patient is concerned, they're
getting better images - and they're in and out
LCCH's breast cancer support group adds another level of
support, Joye says. Currently, about 50 women from between Lake
City, Olanta, Johnsonville and Kingstree receive invitations to
meetings. Some participants have survived breast cancer by as much
as 22 years, others have just started treatment, Joye notes.
"We've had a good turnout," Joye says. "It's very
comforting to be with somebody who has been through your same
The hospital's foundation, which helps raise funds for LCCH needs,
allocated $13,267 for educating women about breast cancer and early
With the caring professionals at LCCH even better equipped to
help, Joye reminds local women to take advantage of the services
that they may not realize their community hospital offers. Most
importantly, she stresses, "It's very important to get that
mammogram, even if you don't feel anything."
Interested in joining the breast cancer support group? Call
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