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Beating the 'big C'

The word cancer is one we all dread hearing. And yet, as one of the most prevalent diseases in the world, it resonates with all too many. Whether from firsthand experience or from traversing it with a loved one, most of us are intimately familiar with the anxiety and challenges this illness brings. But thankfully, there's something being done to ease the burden and stop cancer in its tracks — right in our own backyard.

With a new, comprehensive Cancer Center and Advanced Imaging Center, Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is dedicated to taking some of the fear out of the battle against "the big C." From state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to gentle, compassionate care, the team at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is with you every step of the way.

The first step in beating cancer? Detection. As we know, early detection is key to receiving the best possible outcome for a cancer diagnosis, and thanks to Adventist Health Lodi Memorial's latest efforts, residents of San Joaquin County can get diagnosed earlier than ever before. The new Cancer Center leads the pack in diagnostic screening with a newly renovated Advanced Imaging Center that offers cutting-edge equipment and highly trained imaging clinicians.

In recent years, Adventist Health Lodi Memorial has made significant investments in obtaining the most advanced diagnostic screening tools in the county for mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound. In fact, new equipment, such as the Sentimag Tumor Localization System and the recently acquired Invenia Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) device, allows for a level of detection that was previously only available outside of the community.

Top tech

Thanks to the new ABUS unit and 3-D digital mammography, the Advanced Imaging Center now offers the most comprehensive breast cancer screenings in the county. The innovative 3-D technology includes computer-assisted detection and artificial intelligence enhancement to help radiologists identify subtle tissue abnormalities. ABUS works in tandem with traditional mammography, allowing in-depth screening for patients with particularly dense breasts that may otherwise be difficult to evaluate. If surgery is required, the new Sentimag Tumor Localization System will be used to insert a tiny pellet at the tumor location to help surgeons identify precisely where to work.

Sukhmine Nedopil, MD, an Adventist Health Lodi Memorial surgeon specializing in women's health and breast surgery, says, "I am proud to offer our patients state-of-the-art equipment and technology, like the ABUS device and the Sentimag Tumor Localization System, which greatly increases a patient's prognosis, comfort and recovery."

As an added benefit, the Advanced Imaging Center offers a comfort suite, which provides a calming environment to help women relax during their exams.

The Center also features an industry-leading CT scanner, which provides the highest diagnostic imaging quality with the lowest possible radiation and features a high-capacity table that can accommodate patients weighing up to 675 pounds.

Much like the CT scanner, the Center's MRI unit was also obtained with both functionality and patient comfort in mind. The wide-bore unit accommodates larger patients and increases overall patient comfort during the screening process. Additionally, the high-tech unit allows for noninvasive prostate screening and evaluation.

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial offers treatment for all cancer types and diagnosis, with advanced treatment options that include the latest linear accelerator for radiation treatment. The Cancer Center hosts a multidisciplinary team of cancer experts who collaborate to ensure the best possible treatment plans for our patients. And unique to Lodi Memorial, the Cancer Center offers a dedicated nurse navigator, whose role is to partner with patients and their families as they follow the path to recovery.

With this critical care now available within the community, gone are the days of San Joaquin residents having to travel for daily treatments that so often come with challenges of cost, transportation, and sacrificed comfort and convenience. The Cancer Center at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is here to serve as your partner in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment.

When should you get screened?

Did you know that over 40% of all men and women will develop cancer in their lifetime? While a healthy lifestyle is your best defense against cancer, regular screenings are vital to staying ahead of any possible diagnosis.

Women over 25: Schedule regular Pap and HPV testing to screen for cervical cancer.

Women over 40: Receive a yearly mammogram to screen for breast cancer.

Men and women over 50: Schedule colonoscopies with a gastrointestinal specialist to screen for colon cancer.

Men over 50: Speak to your doctor to gauge your risk of prostate cancer and discuss testing options.

People who smoke, those with a genetic history of cancer and people at higher risk should speak with their provider about getting necessary screenings earlier.

What can ABUS do for you?

Almost half of women have dense breasts and more than 70% of breast cancers occur in dense breasts. Yet without the proper technology, early-stage cancer in dense breasts goes virtually undetected. Adventist Health Lodi Memorial's most recent acquisition, however, is here to combat that. The Invenia Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) device is our Advanced Imaging Center's latest tool in the fight against breast cancer.

This advanced screening tool complements the Center's existing mammography equipment to better serve patients with particularly dense breasts. Unlike standalone, traditional mammography in which dense breast tissue and cancer appear the same color, the ABUS device makes cancer visible among dense breast tissue, allowing for its detection. Studies have shown that this system is 55% more sensitive than mammography alone in screening dense breast tissue.

ABUS is used primarily in asymptomatic women whose initial mammography findings are normal. The additional layer of breast cancer screening is intended to increase breast cancer detection, particularly among the population of women who are most at risk.

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is currently the only hospital in the community with this device, and we are incredibly excited to offer this new, advanced level of care to the residents of San Joaquin County.

Targeted treatment with Sentimag technology

Sentimag is a magnetic device system used to localize breast lesions and lymph nodes in patients who are undergoing a lumpectomy or mastectomy for breast cancer.

The system is a combination product that includes a drug, a marker and a device — the Magtrace injectable magnetic tracer (drug), which is used to identify sentinel lymph nodes for removal, the Magseed marker, which is used to identify breast tissue for removal, and the Sentimag magnetic sensing probe and base unit (device).

This system is used to support procedures to surgically remove breast and lymph node tissue in patients with breast cancer and identify if the cancer cells have spread beyond the breast.

According to radiologists performing the placement of the magnetic marker to identify the tissue to be excised by the surgeon, it is easier to place accurately and identify using ultrasound and X-ray imaging. Surgeons using the Sentimag system have indicated that this technology helped them accurately locate the tissue they needed to remove and made the procedure easier than using normal targeting methods, which involves the use of injectable radioactive seeds and a tracer.

This is gold standard technology that allows for precise marking and extraction of breast tissue while improving the patient experience and physician satisfaction.

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