Claxton-Hepburn's Breast Cancer Center Making Big Difference

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Story Updated: Jul 21, 2014

Cynthia Layng was first diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2012.

"It has changed my life in many different ways," she said.

She credits Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center's multidisciplinary breast health clinic with playing a major role in her recovery and regaining control of her life.

"They saved my life. They found my cancer and they took it away," she said.

In the north country, nearly 340 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Of that number, nearly 60 end up losing their battle with the disease.

At Claxton's breast health center, 90 percent of the cases diagnosed in the last two years were early stage cancers, many found by doctors taking breast tissue without surgery for biopsies.

"Part of our accreditation for the center is to try to coordinate things through clinical trials or if somebody's treatment can't be accomplished here, we find a place that can and then they come back for the remainder of their treatment," said surgeon Dr. Kiri Brandy.

A team of specialists, including oncologists, meet with the patient to talk about diagnosis, options for treatment and other
concerns.

This fall, Claxton-Hepburn plans to begin using new 3-D mammography equipment that medical officials say will help detect breast cancer earlier and will be less invasive for the patient.

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