Advanced Breast Health Services - Locally
Beaver Dam Community Hospital provides complete breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment services in our state-of-the-art imaging center. BDCH is dedicated to providing advanced clinical care and state-of-the-art technology locally.

BDCH has taken several steps to assure women in our community have access to premier expertise and the most advanced technology in breast health services.

Mammography is available at BDCH Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Screening mammograms are also sometimes available on Saturdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m.


Digital Mammography
BDCH was the first hospital in the region to offer Digital Mammography for immediate image availability and greater patient comfort. Digital Mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor in a matter of seconds.
 
Digital Mammography offers many benefits:
-          Improved image quality, especially for dense breast tissue
-          Quicker results and reduced exam time for patients
-          Physician manipulation of images for higher contrast and close up views
-          Reduced need for retakes due to over or under exposure of film
-          Images can be easily stored and transmitted in a streamlined manner.

Mammotome® Breast Biopsy System
BDCH is also proud to provide the region's only Mammotome® Biopsy System for minimally invasive biopsy, with reduced scarring and often no need for stitches.
 
Using the Mammotome® Biopsy System, doctors can more accurately diagnose breast abnormalities without the need for open surgery.
 
Once an abnormality is found, a Mammotome® probe is inserted through a small, ¼-inch incision and the abnormal tissue is gently collected. This can be done in under an hour in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia with minimal pain, scarring and recovery time.
 
This also offers women the option of having non-cancerous breast lumps such as fibroadenomas removed without facing open surgery.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy System
The BDCH Breast Health Program recently acquired the Stereotactic Breast Biopsy system, completing its comprehensive continuum of breast health services, which include digital mammography and the Mammotome® Breast Biopsy System. Stereotactic breast biopsy is designed to minimize patient discomfort and maximize accuracy.

Experienced and Specially Trained Professionals

Experienced Mammography Radiologists
BDCH’s collaboration with Milwaukee Radiologists provides immediate access to breast radiologists who specialize in breast cancer diagnosis, eliminating unnecessary callbacks and improving detection rates.

Specially Trained Breast Health/Oncology Nurse Navigators
Beaver Dam Community Hospital's Advanced Clincal Team of specially trained Breast Health Nurses use their experience to create a personalized plan for every one of their patients and offer the highest level of clinical follow-up, treatment and support.

Skilled Surgeons and Specialists
Our experienced, board-certified surgeons work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and breast health nurses to diagnose and treat many breast cancers. They are skilled in the most up-to-date techniques and are experienced in using the best procedure for each patient, keeping your health and safety their top priority.



Support Services

Case Management
BDCH Social Services are available to assist patients and their families with psychosocial issues of cancer – it’s impact on family and adjustment to diagnosis and treatment. They also deal with financial concerns, such as drug assistance and disability.

Look Good… Feel Better
This is a free American Cancer Society program for women undergoing cancer treatment, helping them learn to cope with the appearance-related side effects and regain a sense of self confidence and control over their lives. Certified cosmetologists instruct women how to enhance their appearance.

Wig Resource Center
In a private setting, patients may try on wigs, hats, turbans and scarves. The items can be taken home the same day, free of charge.

Cancer Nurse Navigator Program
Cancer Nurse Navigators are registered nurses with dedicated training and experience working with cancer patients. Cancer navigators can help connect you to your cancer care team and other services you may need.

Cancer Support Group
Free informal groups are open to cancer patients and their families. They are held at BDCH.

Educational Resources
The BDCH Library offers a wide variety of educational materials on cancer and other disease types and treatments. Just down the hall from our cafeteria, the BDCH Library is open to all community members, patients, families and visitors. Library personnel are available during designated hours to welcome you and help you find the information you are looking for.

Nutritional Services
Registered dieticians are available to patients with questions about nutrition.

For more information on BDCH's Breast Health Services, call (920) 887-4334.