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The Campaign for Clarity

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation plans to raise $3 million to make revolutionary new breast cancer equipment available throughout the hospital’s network of care. The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is about to launch the “Campaign for Clarity,” a capital campaign to upgrade all of its current mammography equipment to 3-D technology. 3-D mammography will become the standard of care at Lexington Medical Center.

3-D mammography at Lexington Medical Center

3-D mammography at Lexington Medical Center

Currently, Lexington Medical Center offers 3-D mammography in two locations — at Women’s Imaging on the main campus in West Columbia, and at Sandhills Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice in Northeast Columbia.

The campaign will allow the hospital to purchase software and equipment to make 3-D mammography also available at Vista Women’s Healthcare, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice; Lexington Medical Center Chapin; Lexington Medical Center Irmo; Lexington Medical Center Lexington; and in its mobile mammography van that serves local businesses and the hospital’s rural community medical centers.

Lexington Medical Center's Mobile Mammography Van

Lexington Medical Center’s Mobile Mammography Van

“We’re very excited to make 3-D mammography a reality for all patients at Lexington Medical Center,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations and Development at Lexington Medical Center. “Until we can find a cure for breast cancer, we can make early detection our top priority.”

Also known as ‘tomosynthesis,’ 3-D mammography creates a group of three-dimensional pictures of the breast and allows doctors to view tissue one millimeter at a time, making tiny details visible earlier and easier.

“Patients will find that 3-D mammography is no different from the mammogram they are accustomed to as far as compression, positioning and time,” said Jennifer Linfert, MD, FACOG, an OB/GYN at Sandhills Women’s Care. “The benefit to patients is that the multiple layers of images resulting from 3-D mammography can help doctors better evaluate the breast tissue.”

This infographic shows the difference between 2-D and 3-D images in the same breast. In the 3-D images, the area of concern is much easier to see.

This infographic shows the difference between 2-D and 3-D images in the same breast. In the 3-D images, the area of concern is much easier to see.

3-D mammography uses a low dose X-ray to create multiple images within seconds that are similar to the “slices” of images in a CT scan. The FDA-approved procedure uses the same type of equipment as a 2-D mammogram and a similar dose of radiation. Studies have shown that 3-D mammography also reduces false positives and unnecessary callbacks for patients with dense breast tissue.

To learn more about the “Campaign for Clarity” or to contribute to the campaign, visit LMCFoundation.com or call (803) 791-2540.

Wine on the River 2016

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Women of Hope will host the annual “Wine on the River” party at the West Columbia Riverwalk and Stone River on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Surrounded by the beautiful sights and sounds along the Congaree River, “Wine on the River” features wine tasting, craft beer, cuisine from Midlands restaurants and musical entertainment from Jim LeBlanc. The event benefits Lexington Medical Center Foundation programs and services.

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Food sponsors are Alodia’s, Blue Marlin, Bogarts, Café Strudel, Capital City Club, Carolina Café, Edible Arrangements, Hudson’s Smokehouse, Nick’s House of Pizza, Schooner’s Bar and Grill, Tao Asian Fusion Cuisine, Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar and Whole Foods.

In addition, attendees can learn how to join Women of Hope, a women’s giving circle that is part of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Established in 2011, Women of Hope identifies health issues in the Midlands and works to bring about positive change.  

Specifically, “Wine on the River” benefits Lexington Medical Center Foundation initiatives for women and children. This year, “Wine on the River” proceeds will focus on programs and services for early detection of breast cancer.

Each year, “Wine on the River” boasts a sold-out crowd of approximately 700 people and raises nearly $20,000.
 
Celebrating its 26th anniversary this year, Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program is affiliated with Duke Medicine to provide state-of-the-art cancer care for cancer patients in our community. The hospital diagnoses approximately 250 breast cancer patients each year, with a breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program also has accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Tickets for “Wine on the River” are $40 in advance and $50 at the entrance. To purchase tickets, call (803) 791-2540 or go to lmcfoundation.com and click on the Eventbrite link on that page. Food, wine and beer tastings are included in the ticket price. There will also be a cash bar available.

Vineyard Sponsors for Wine on the River include Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP, Peralta Woodworks Inc. and Southern Urogynecology.

Breast Cancer Clinical Trials at Lexington Medical Center

Lexington Medical Center is currently involved in four clinical trials for the treatment of breast cancer. Patients who meet specific criteria can choose if they would like to participate. The trials seek to find out the best ways to treat different types of breast cancer. Many times, these trials ultimately represent the future of breast cancer treatment.

WLTX news anchor Darci Strickland visited Lexington Medical Center recently to learn more about the trials from Dr. Lynn Tucker, surgeon with Lexington Surgical Associates, a hospital physician practice. And, she interviewed Cheryl Smith, a Lexington County grandmother who had successful treatment for breast cancer while enrolled in one of the clinical trials.

Cheryl Smith with her family inside Lexington Oncology after completing chemotherapy.

Cheryl Smith with her family inside Lexington Oncology after completing chemotherapy.

The photo shows Ms. Smith “ringing the chemo bell” inside Lexington Oncology after completing her last chemotherapy treatment for cancer last year.

Watch the story below.


For more information about clinical trials at Lexington Medical Center, visit the clinical trials page of our website by clicking here.