Breast Care Center
Mid-Columbia Medical Center was the first Oregon hospital, and today is one of only eight in the state of Oregon, to
earn national accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) for its Center for Breast Care.
MCMC's program offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to breast health that utilizes services, expertise and resources.
By integrating screening, early diagnosis, patient advocacy and treatment, MCMC's Breast Care Center offers important resources for women along the entire health spectrum.
Kerry Proctor, MD says "I feel a special connection to my patients with breast-related health issues. I enjoy being part of a multi-disciplinary team, with the common goal of delivering the highest level of care."
To earn accreditation, a breast health program must show a commitment to education, research, continuous quality improvement, community outreach and professional education. It also must provide access to comprehensive breast health resources, including education and support services, screening and diagnostic technology and medical and surgical expertise.
MCMC meets these requirements in many ways, including:
- Providing access to state-of-the-art screening and diagnostic tools, including digital mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy, as well as advanced treatment options, such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy and brachytherapy;
- Devoting a full-time breast navigator of mammography services to educate patients about the benefits of mammography, and help patients without insurance to obtain free mammograms through the Breast Health for Strong Families Program.
- Devoting a breast care coordinator of oncology services to educate patients about radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and to help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients navigate through their options and available resources;
- Serving as a center for clinical research to investigate promising new options for treating breast cancer;
- Offering access to highly trained specialists in medical oncology, radiation therapy and breast cancer surgery.
To schedule a mammogram please call (541) 298-4000
For questions about the benefits of mammography, or about getting a free mammogram via the Breast Health for Strong Families Program, please call the breast navigator, Alida Raynor, LPN CN-BC, at (541) 506-6418
For general questions about breast health, and for information regarding radiation therapy or chemotherapy, please call the Breast Health Coordinator, Melodi Johnson, RN at (541) 506-6938.
Breast Care Information You Can Trust Leer en EspaÃ±iol
We recommend these websites as trusted sources for breast cancer information:
- cancer.org American Cancer Society provides tips on finding reliable and trustworthy cancer Information on the internet.
- breastcancer.org A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer.
- komen.org Susan G. Komen is dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer and offers comprehensive information on breast cancer.
- nccn.org National Comprehensive Cancer Network treatment guidelines for breast cancer.
- eatright.org The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides nutrition information on eating healthy for those with a cancer diagnosis.
- lymphnet.org National Lymphedema Network provides education and guidance to lymphedema patients, health care professionals and the general public on the risk reduction and management of primary and secondary lymphedema.
- pathology.jhu.edu Information from the Johns Hopkins Medicine Pathology website.
- rtanswers.org Radiation Answers to help you and your family better understand how radiation therapy works and what to expect.
- mcmc.net/library Planetree Health Resource Center, a consumer health & medical information library, offers an online catalog, health links, free health lectures and full-text databases.
- nlm.nih.gov Alternative & Complementary Therapy information from MedlinePlus of the National Library of Medicine. Information about alternative cancer treatments, scams, dietary supplements, clinical trials, etc. from NCI, ACS, FDA, and other reputable organizations.