It’s estimated that every year 9,500 women in Ontario are diagnosed with breast cancer making it the most common cancer affecting Canadian women. St. Joseph’s Health Centre is a leader in breast imaging, with thousands of women coming here for mammograms to detect cancer in its early stages.
Currently, women need to go to one area for breast imaging and a separate area of the hospital for a biopsy. And the available spaces can’t accommodate the number of women in our community who need these services.
mammograms performed last year
ultrasound-guided breast biopsies
A better patient experience
The new Geoffrey H. Wood Centre of Excellence in Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment will more than double the size of our clinic and add new imaging equipment that will allow us to screen and diagnose more women, faster. Women will no longer have to wait up to six weeks for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
In the new centre, all services will come together to provide women with individualized care that is timely and supportive. It will be possible for a woman to be screened, receive her test results, see a specialist and leave with a treatment plan (if she needs one), all in the same, comfortable place.
We all know someone who has been affected by cancer and the thought of having cancer can bring on feelings of anxiety or fear. The Geoffrey H. Wood Centre of Excellence in Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment will be a calming space with spa-like colours, finishes, furniture and artwork.
In addition to a much bigger, improved space, the centre will have a second mammography machine that uses breast tomosynthesis, the latest innovation in screening for breast cancer. This technology takes images of the breast at many angles – not just the traditional 2D mammography. Therefore it can detect invasive cancers early and can even predict tumour size, the extent of lesions and be used to stage the cancer. Some cancers are known as “tomo-only” because they’re missed in 2D imaging and wouldn’t be found until years later.
Women who come to St. Joseph’s Health Centre for breast screening will soon receive more accurate, timely treatment. The centre is scheduled to open in 2020.
Thank you to The Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation, the Garron Family and all of our generous donors for helping St. Joe’s fulfill our promise, to make our community one of the healthiest in Canada.
What your gift will do
Your support is still needed to help build and equip new areas like a dedicated biopsy room, patient education room, and private waiting area with secure lockers and comfortable seating. Your donation today can help the women in your life receive better care for breast cancer.