Did you know 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and more than 246,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2016? As staggering as those statistics may sound there are over 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. alone. The key to survivorship is early detection, diagnosis and treatment.
Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care (WCBC) in Williamsville would like women to know the importance of being aware of their bodies and any changes they notice. Yearly Mammograms are recommended for women over the age of 45 and earlier screenings should be discussed with your doctor depending on the history of breast cancer in a person’s family.
Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care provides women with all the services they need from same-day results of mammography and biopsies, genetic screening for hereditary risk of breast or ovarian cancer, breast surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments all at Windsong Medical Park.
Windsong Comprehensive Breasts Care is the first Nationally Accredited center for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in Western New York. At WCBC, breast cancer patients will receive an interdisciplinary approach to their care from early detection, rapid diagnosis and consultation, to leading edge treatment options and a survivorship program that includes nutrition, social work and exercise programs.
If you or a loved one is diagnosed with Breast Cancer, WCBC will provide you with the support and services you require with board certified physicians and staff, including certified breast patient navigators that will help guide you during this difficult time.
To learn more about Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care you may call (716) 626-6300
Preserving a positive self-image is one of the most important considerations in the aftermath of certain types of cancer surgery. Due to advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States today, according to the American Cancer Society. Plastic surgeons can and should play a role in helping breast cancer patients understand the pro’s and con’s of available breast reconstruction methods as well as potential long term effects.
While breast reconstruction surgery is technically a cosmetic procedure, it can help restore the appearance of a patient’s breasts after a mastectomy and make the chest look balanced. The difference between a natural breast and a reconstructed breast is noticeable only when the breasts are exposed; there is virtually no difference in appearance when they are covered. This can go a long way in helping the patient’s self-esteem as well as appearance.
Once you decide to have breast reconstruction, you’ll need to find a well qualified plastic surgeon. Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care provides plastic surgery options for patients through their supportive partnership with Raymond Schultz, MD, FACS a board certified plastic surgeon with CCS Healthcare.
Orthosports Physical Therapy offers a unique proactive approach for improved health post-breast cancer surgery for Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care (WCBC) program patients. Patients are prearranged to meet with a certified lymphedema physical therapist expert to understand the importance of home care and exercise after a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Lymphedema is a potential side effect from cancer treatment; it is an accumulation of protein rich fluid in an arm or trunk in breast cancer patients.
Donna Gulick, PT, DPT, CLT of Orthosports Physical Therapy explained, “Prior to surgery or post-surgery breast cancer patients are provided a model of care to prevent or eliminate symptoms such as lymphedema, shoulder pain or weakness in the arm.”
Since 2011, Windsong’s breast care program has been the first breast program in the area that has achieved the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accreditation. CCS Oncology and Windsong Radiology Group continue to work closely with other partners, like Orthosports Physical Therapy, to provide the most comprehensive breast care services in the region.
Each year the Tapestry Charter Middle School students make bracelets with words of encouragement for patients battling breast cancer. The eighth grade students at Tapestry partake in Crew, a period of the day that allows students to meet with one adult leader to learn and build awareness around breast cancer in the month of October. The students learn facts about early detection and the types of treatment available to patients, as well as the alarming statistics associated with the disease. Since 2012, students have made inspirational pink bracelets for patients fighting breast cancer or who have already won the battle.
The motivation behind the awareness comes from one of the Tapestry teachers, Lindsay Lee, whose mother had fought breast cancer in 2011-2012 and was overwhelmed by the kindness and support of the local medical organizations. She wanted to give back as a celebration of her mother’s survival in a personal way while connecting her students to the movement.
The bracelets from the Tapestry students are distributed at monthly Question and Answer sessions provided by Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care. The monthly Q&A sessions are held at Windsong Medical Park, located at 55 Spindrift Drive in Williamsville and take place every other Monday from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Patients and family members are encouraged to attend so they can ask questions and hear from of a panel of experts in breast cancer care. A breast surgeon, radiologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and supportive services such as, nutrition, certified lymphodema physical therapist expert, social work or counseling services representatives are present to answer any questions. The patients are given a bracelet as they leave to wear on a daily basis to provide hope and encouragement.
At Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care (WCBC), we understand a breast cancer diagnosis is a confusing and scary time. Being diagnosed with breast cancer doesn’t mean you have to fight alone. Our physicians and clinical support staff are here to help guide you through the process from diagnosis to survivorship. At WCBC we have highly trained, Certified Breast Patient Navigators who will provide you with the support, assistance and resources you need to guide you in your fight with cancer. We recommend newly diagnosed patients to call (716) 631-2500 ext. 2115 to speak directly to a Breast Patient Navigator.
In addition to the support provided by the Breast Patient Navigators, there is a bi-monthly Q&A session for all newly diagnosed patients. The Q&A session takes place every other Monday from 5:30 to 7:00pm at Windsong Medical Park, located at 55 Spindrift Drive in Williamsville. Patients are encouraged to attend so they can ask questions and hear from of a field of experts in breast cancer care. A breast surgeon, radiologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and supportive services such as, nutrition, Certified lymphodema PT expert, social work or counseling services representatives will be present to answer any questions.
Since 2011, Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care (WCBC) breast program has been the first in the area that has achieved the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accreditation. “Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care is unique to the area; we are pleased to offer a multi-disciplinary approach to care. Every patient is given personalized treatment options in our private office setting”, stated Kay Dekker, RN, BSN, Breast Center Coordinator at WCBC. CCS Oncology and Windsong Radiology Group continue to work closely with other partners to provide the most comprehensive breast care services in the region.
To schedule an appointment with a Breast Patient Navigator, please call (716) 631-2500 ext. 2115.
On Thursday October 23, 2014, Dr. Michael B. Peyser will discuss myths related to breast disease for the Spirit of Women’s Night of Indulgence event. This annual event sponsored by Kaleida Health brings women together for education, health screens and fun. As a leading breast surgeon in the area, Dr. Peyser will help to dispel some myths about breast disease and support Kaleida’s initiative to support women’s health.
On Saturday October 18, 2014, Team Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care joined forces with the American Cancer Society to help end breast cancer. Team Windsong sponsored the survivor tent and provided not only thousands of giveaways but over 4 thousand of dollars to American Cancer Society. The money raised supports research, patient care, community education, early detection and prevention. Laura, a 3 year survivor joined the group and promoted Laura’s story; her testimonial about the care she received at Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care.
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On October 31, 2013, Dr. Michael Peyser helped to wrap up Breast Cancer Awareness month by speaking with Jon Summers. Dr. Peyser discussed his background and training, highlighting his unique ability to not only perform surgery on the breast to remove the cancer but also improve the cosmetic appearance with a technique called oncoplastic surgery.
On Saturday October 19, 2013, Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care sponsored the Survivor tent in Niagara Square and helped celebrate the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday. Team Windsong joined thousands of walkers to support breast cancer and recognize the survivors. The money raised supports research of breast cancer and services provided to breast cancer patients and community education, early detection and prevention. Our team raised several thousand dollars to donate to ACS: Making Strides by fundraising throughout the year. This is just another example of our ongoing to commitment to the ACS and our fight to end breast cancer.