Grant helps YRMC treat breast conditions
The Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) recently was awarded a grant of nearly $19,000 from the Susan G. Komen Phoenix affiliate. The grant will help treat low- and middle-income women suffering from lymphedema, a painful condition that can occur as a result of cancer or cancer treatment, such as mastectomy, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
Quad-city residents are fortunate that YRMC's Donna Hannah, RN, the only lymphedema therapist serving Yavapai County, has reached the highest level of accreditation in this specialized area. Lymphedema services are critical to women with breast cancer. Lymphedema - swelling in the arms or legs - affects approximately 40 percent of women who have breast cancer or certain gynecological conditions.
Key medical services the center will provide include digital mammography, breast ultrasound and stereotactic biopsy.
In addition to these high-quality diagnostic and clinical services, The BreastCare Center at YRMC will serve as a resource to the community. The center will include a library with wireless Internet access for patients and community members.
The BreastCare Center will also be one of only 14 healthcare facilities in Arizona with a "clinical navigator." Accomplished oncology nurse Nancy K. Ledoyen, RN, BSN, OCN, will serve in that role at the center. She will guide, educate and counsel patients and their families as they make their way through all phases of care. She will also work in the community to build awareness about cancer prevention.