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Windsong Breast Care was proud to once again sponsor and be a part of the annual Mother’s Day tradition in Lockport. Many local organizations and individuals came out to show their support for their loved ones that have been affected by breast cancer. Donations from the walk help women in active cancer treatment have options to restore their self-image and help cope with the appearance related side effects. In addition, donations from the walk fund Mary’s Wig Room at the local American Cancer Society Office. The wig room is stocked with wigs for patients in need of a FREE WIG!

Every Mother’s Day for the past 19 years, walkers have gathered at the Erie Canal Towpath. Some as breast cancer survivors, some in memory of those who didn’t survive, and all possessed of a single purpose.

The walk is one of the legacies of Mary Marvin, who started the Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Canal Walk in 1996, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Marvin started the walk along with the help of several others facing breast cancer.  Marvin was deemed cancer-free for two years after going through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, but later was stricken with liver and bone cancer, passing away from the disease in 1998. Her sister and brother-in-law, Rebecca and Jack Florio have kept the walk going in her memory, raising over $400,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Wig Room since its inception.

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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Download the form to register for the event.

Symposium registration form 2014

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.