Breast Health Center

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2326 18th Street
Columbus, IN

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Fighting breast cancer can be a physical and emotional roller coaster. As specialists in this field we understand our patients' multi-faceted needs on any given day and have found that a personalized approach gives patients an advantage. Modern technology helps us a great deal, but so does our compassion.

Our staff consists of kind, caring and passionate people who are only focused on breast health. We want you to feel comfortable, and we want to assist you in any way possible. We understand the special fears and anxieties women have about mammography and breast cancer. Here, you will never feel like a number. The atmosphere is relaxed, and we will meet with you in private consulting and exam rooms. You will not be rushed, and you will have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you need. 

Our tireless efforts on behalf of women in this community also include outreach activities like workplace and clinical screening programs, communication with area medical practices, partnerships with community clinics, and educational programming.

Language isn't a barrier to comprehensive care at the Breast Health Center.  We have an 
on-staff bilingual technician, who speaks English and Spanish. If translation is needed for other languages, we will seek the assistance of a qualified medical professional that speaks those patients’ language, too. 

As the area's first provider of digital mammography, our commitment to providing top quality care is clear. We were the first hospital in the area to offer a Breast Health Navigator program to support our breast cancer patients with a warm, familiar face and someone who consistently assists throughout breast cancer treatment and recovery; from keeping track of appointments to keeping spirits up, and everything in between. Always looking to innovate, we were the first breast health center in the area to have professional, certified breast care nurses to offer extensive education to our breast cancer patients, their families and the community.

Breast Health Navigators are specialized registered nurses who work with patients diagnosed with breast cancer to help them through treatment and recovery. They provide education and support to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of the patient.
Our Breast Health Navigators are all Certified Breast Care Nurses (CBCN). CBCN is the only accredited certification program that is available exclusively to registered nurses and encompasses the entire spectrum of breast care nursing practice.
If you need a screening mammogram, you can be seen within one week. Diagnostic mammograms, performed to resolve a particular question related to the breast, can usually be scheduled within 24-48 hours. These diagnostic images will be reviewed by a board certified radiologist and discussed with you during that visit. If a biopsy is necessary, it can often be performed the same day. Do you have signs or symptoms of breast cancer? Find out what to watch for.
The earlier breast cancer is found, the more treatment options are available, including MammoSite, advanced technology for targeted radiation therapy. At the Breast Health Center, we also have at our disposal the full range of diagnostic capabilities available to doctors today, including digital mammography, ultrasound imaging, and magnetic resonance imaging (also known as MRI). Having all of these options means good news for patients, as we are now catching problems earlier and earlier, enabling us to more effectively prevent the spread of cancer. Better tools and promising new drug therapies also help us help treat and stop cancer, if you have been diagnosed. 

Through support from the Columbus Regional Health Foundation, the Breast Health Center is able to offer the Mammogram Assistance Program. Thanks to that support, we can provide qualifying women a screening mammogram for the nominal payment of just $5.
Women who qualify for Mammogram Assistance Program (MAP) have household incomes too high to be eligible for government assistance but do not earn enough to afford screening mammograms through employee health insurance or by direct payment. MAP funds cover the clinical costs of the initial screenings, while the Center's nurses, mammography technologists, and office staff donate their time and expertise toward the effort. We will work with individuals on a case-by-case basis to resolve any barriers and obstacles that are preventing getting care that’s needed.

 To find out if you qualify, call the Breast Health Center at 812-376-5064.

Cheryl's Story - Surviving Breast Cancer

Cheryl Kenyon knows first-hand how important it is to get an annual mammogram. Despite not showing any symptoms, her mammogram showed a mass that was cancerous. Read "Healthy and Thriving: Cheryl's Story" on the CRH Healthy Tomorrow blog.

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We've Come a Long Way Against Breast Cancer

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3D Mammography Exams (New!)

2d vs 3d mammography comparison

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Looking at slices from the 3D mammogram exam, the doctor can now determine if the tissue is in fact normal breast tissue creating the illusion of an abnormal area. In situations like these patients likely avoid a callback for an additional mammogram.

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Our Breast Health Doctors

Wagner_Stephanie15_main  Stephanie Wagner, MD
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conte_anita_2016_web  Anita Conte, MD
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mcmullen_kevin_2016  Kevin McMullen, MD
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John Cox, MD  John Cox, MD
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Burdick,Justin_13  Justin Burdick, MD
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Shedd_Frederick_2015  Frederick Shedd, MD
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Dorenbusch_Michael_2015  Michael Dorenbusch, MD
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David Thompson, MD  David Thompson, MD
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Jackson, Thomas  Thomas Jackson, MD
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