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Breast Care Center

At Good Samaritan’s Breast Care Center we are dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer. Equipped with the most advanced 3D breast care technology available, the Breast Care Center is a comprehensive, patient-centered unit specifically focused on diseases and disorders of the breast.

The center’s experienced, multi-disciplinary team creates an individualized treatment plan for each patient and then supports the patient throughout the course of treatment.

The Breast Care Center offers services to patients ranging from routine screening mammograms to breast biopsies and surgery. At the Breast Care Center you will be cared for by experienced on-site navigators, registered mammography technologists, surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, pathologists, physical therapists and social workers.

The Good Samaritan Breast Care Center is recognized by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

Meet Our Breast Surgeons


Lindsey Fleshman, DO
General & Breast SurgeonSurgical Clinic, Inc.
520 S. 7th Street
Vincennes, IN 47591
812-885-3003

David 
Purdom, MD
General & Breast SurgeonSurgical Clinic, Inc.
520 S. 7th Street
Vincennes, IN 47591
812-885-3003

Meet Our Breast Care Center Radiologist



April Cox, DO
Radiologist (Women’s Imaging)Breast Care Center
520 S. 7th Street
Vincennes, IN 47591
812-885-3627

Our Services

Good Samaritan is a leader in using state-of-the-art technology for diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

3-D Mammography (Breast Tomosynthesis)3DMachine

A mammogram is a safe, accurate diagnostic test that helps trained experts spot abnormalities. The American Cancer Society recommends that women over age 40 have mammograms on a yearly basis.

Our state-of-the art equipment and skilled technicians allow us to provide the highest level of accurate mammography while also ensuring the comfort of our patients.

We’re very proud to offer 3-D tomosynthesis mammography, a new technology that takes multiple images, very similar to a CT scan, which provides a three-dimensional image of the breast. It allows us to pinpoint and treat tumors that are too small to detect through other methods.  Through grants from Susan G. Komen and the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, we are able to provide free screening mammograms to people who quality for this assistance. At Good Samaritan, we are committed to ensuring that women in Knox and surrounding counties receive annual mammograms regardless of their ability to pay for them.

Breast Biopsy

If an abnormality appears on your mammogram, further tests may be necessary to rule out a serious health concern. In many cases, additional mammograms or other imaging techniques can be used, but sometimes a biopsy is required. Three types of biopsy procedures can be utilized.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

This procedure takes X-rays from multiple angles to pinpoint the location of the abnormality. A tissue sample can then be removed and taken for analysis. A stereotactic breast biopsy is simple, fast and requires only local anesthetic.

Ultrasound Guided Biopsy

This procedure uses ultrasound technology to pinpoint the location of the abnormality. A tissue sample can then be removed and taken for analysis. Like the stereotactic procedure, an ultrasound guided breast biopsy is simple, fast and requires only local anesthetic.

Needle Localization

Needle localization is the placement of a needle into the breast tissue to extract a sample for identification. X-rays are taken throughout the procedure to ensure accurate positioning of the needle into the site of the abnormality. Once an X-ray confirms the correct location, a small wire is guided into the tissue and a sample is taken of the suspicious area for analysis.

Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI)

Good Samaritan is one of the first hospitals in Indiana to offer this innovative technology for the diagnosis of breast cancer. When mammography and ultrasound results are inconclusive, the Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) system will aid in the diagnosis of breast cancer.

As a follow-up to your annual mammogram or ultrasound, your physician may order a BSGI to detect early stages of cancer. BSGI is a molecular breast imaging technique that can detect cancers as small as a grain of sand. A small amount of tracing agent is delivered to the patient, which immediately disperses to all cells in the body. Images of the breast are then taken with the BSGI camera.

Because cancerous cells are growing faster and are more active than healthy breast cells, they show up as “hot spots” on images of the breast. These images allow radiologists and surgeons to detect early stage cancers as small as one millimeter and to distinguish between benign and malignant tumors.

Breast Ultrasound

Your physician may request an ultrasound of the breast as follow-up to your mammogram. This painless, noninvasive procedure can provide additional information. Performed by an ultrasound technician, this technology uses sound waves to outline a part of the body. A computer picks up the sound waves and translates them into an image that can be displayed on a computer screen.

Screening Guidelines

Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they care in good health.

Mammograms should be continued regardless of a woman’s age, as long as she does not have serious, chronic health problems such as congestive heart failure, end-stage renal disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and moderate to severe dementia.

Age alone, should not be the reason to stop having regular mammograms. Women with serious health problems or short life expectancies should discuss with their doctors whether to continue having mammograms.

Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional preferably every three years. Starting at age 40, women should have a CBE by a health professional every year.

Please visit our online health library for more information on Breast Cancer.

Location

Breast Care Center

520 S. 7th Street
Located inside the Health Pavilion at 8th and Prairie
812- 885-3627

Scheduling 812-885-3353

Evening appointments available on Thursdays!

 

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify, through grants, state funded programs and Good Samaritan Foundation funds.