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The Geoffrey H. Wood Centre of Excellence in Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment
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New technology leads to better outcomes

It’s estimated that every year 12,000 women in Ontario are diagnosed with breast cancer making it the most common cancer affecting women in Canada.

A Leader in Breast Imaging

St. Joseph’s Health Centre is a leader in breast imaging, with thousands of women coming here to have mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and MRIs to diagnose and accurately stage breast cancer.

St. Joe’s is now building The Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation Centre of Excellence in Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment that will more than double the size of our current space to add new technology to increase screenings and offer patients more privacy.

Most importantly, the new space is designed with patients in mind. The Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation Centre of Excellence in Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment will mean women will no longer have to wait up to six weeks for a diagnosis and treatment plan. The dedicated space means St. Joe’s can ensure women receive individualized care that is timely and supportive, significantly reducing the time they spend waiting  to know the next step in their treatment plan, if they need one.

New technology leads to better outcomes

The new centre will have a new and enhanced mammography machine with breast tomosynthesis, the latest  innovation in screening for breast cancer. Breast tomosynthesis is a screening and diagnostic modality that takes images of the breast at multiple angles during a short scan enhancing our ability to detect cancers, particularly in women with dense breasts. 

“My patients tell me time and time again…it’s the waiting that is hardest. Every woman who has a mammogram knows we are looking for one thing and one thing only…and that’s breast cancer….so when she receives that phone call that we need to see her again it creates tremendous uncertainty and anxiety.”

 

Dr. Andrea Miller, Director of Breast Imaging at St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Dr Andrea Miller

Your help is still needed

Construction is underway and the new space scheduled to open in 2022. 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.

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