Help Stop Cancer—Support Our New Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Units

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Units are Essential for Local Women's Health

This July, Lake Forester Bea Hoopis will celebrate 15 years as a cancer survivor. It is just one of the reasons she and her husband Harry made a generous $50,000 gift to help Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital purchase new, more advanced stereotactic breast biopsy units. Her other reasons? Her daughter, grandchildren, friends, neighbors—and a sister who died of breast cancer.

“The issue is near and dear to me, and I’m happy to do something for local women,” she says. “We’re blessed to have the wonderful services of the Posy Krehbiel Breast Care Center here in the community.”

New Equipment Needed for a Top Killer

Breast cancer stubbornly remains the second leading cause of cancer death among women. While not yet preventable, breast cancer can be managed successfully if detected and treated early.

That is why Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital (NLFH) is upgrading the stereotactic breast biopsy units in Lake Forest and Grayslake. Our current units offer advanced capabilities—but healthcare technology changes rapidly. The units we will purchase are premium diagnostic products that offer even greater image quality, more precise tissue removal and enhanced comfort for patients.

How Stereotactic Biopsies Work—and Why New Technology Matters

When suspicious breast tissue is discovered through a mammogram or MRI, a biopsy (collecting a sample of tissue or cells) may be performed to determine whether the abnormality is cancerous or not. Stereotactic breast biopsy, a minimally invasive technique using an image-guided needle, is often used when this area is too small to be felt.

“Image quality is critical,” says Lisa Miller, MD, director of breast imaging at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “If the suspicious area cannot be adequately viewed at the time of the stereotactic biopsy, the procedure has to be cancelled and performed through surgery, which involves anesthesia and stitches. The new units can improve patient outcomes by detecting very subtle abnormalities, which may be low-grade cancers.”

Making Biopsies Easier

In cases where a suspicious area is located in the lower portion of the breast, the biopsy needle must travel through the breast to reach the targeted area, increasing patient discomfort. The new technology eliminates the problem by providing 360-degree access to the breast.

“A cancer diagnosis is already so difficult,” says Hoopis, who learned of the giving opportunity through her daughter Krina Huddlestun, a member of the hospital’s Women’s Health Advisory Council. “The new biopsy units can help make it easier. There are many, many local survivors who have gone through the center—and that’s due to early detection from advanced technology.”

Your Community Deserves Outstanding Care

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital has led the way in providing access to advanced breast cancer care in our local communities. The Posy Krehbiel Breast Care Center was the first in Lake County to offer all-digital mammography, and we are now Lake County’s largest provider of imaging services. With your help, we can continue offering excellent care to our local communities and share more survivor stories like Hoopis' story.

Supporting Cancer Patients on the Journey to Wellness

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital provides comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment for cancer. But we’re just as concerned about our patients’ emotional needs, and their quality of life. We offer more than a dozen support services, including two unique programs:

  • Cancer-related Fatigue Program
    Research shows that low to moderate exercise reduces and even prevents cancer-related fatigue and reduces the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. This eight-week program combines individual physical therapy and group exercise led by personal trainers certified as cancer exercise specialists. The program also includes nutrition counseling from a registered dietitian.
  • Lymphedema Therapy
    Lymphedema, the swelling of an arm, leg or other body part, is common following cancer surgery or radiation. Our lymphedema specialists apply complete decongestive therapy, a non-invasive painless therapy that uses compression bandages, exercise, lymph drainage, skin care and education to improve comfort and appearance and reduce risk of infection.

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