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Women Around the Region Choosing Tyrone for Breast Health Services

At Tyrone Hospital we recognize the unique health needs of women and the special concerns women have around breast health.  

Recently, David Arbutina, M.D., FACS launched the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute of Central Pennsylvania (BCWHI).  The Institute, based on the Tyrone Hospital campus, provides services to evaluate breast health, and provides guidance and support to women in need of treatment for benign or cancerous breast disease.

The introduction of the BCWHI was recent but already we are seeing women from across the region traveling to the Institute for the specialized and personalized services it provides.

The top priority at the Institute is to provide personalized attention, allay fears, and rapidly diagnose and stage breast cancer and arrange for treatment that may be needed. 

Dr. Arbutina who serves as Medical Director of the BCWHI is a board certified general surgeon with a focused expertise in breast cancer surgery.  He is an expert in the field of breast cancer, an educator, and a leader in surgery who has dedicated more than thirty years of his career to the treatment of breast cancer. During his career, Dr. Arbutina has personally treated and cared for well over 1,000 breast cancer patients. He has been the primary investigator of several breast cancer research protocols with results published in peer review journals.  He has also treated thousands of women with benign breast conditions and is known for his expertise is distinguishing between benign and malignant breast disease. 

The BCWHI offers a diverse array of services for breast health including Screening & Diagnostic Mammograms, Breast Ultrasound, Cyst Aspirations, Breast Needle Localizations, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, Ultrasound Assisted Breast Biopsy, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsies, Breast Cancer Surgery, Lymphedema Services/Therapy, Second Opinions for Breast Cancer Patients and Nurse Navigator Services.

The Nurse Navigator provides personalized attention as an advocate through every step of a woman’s care and coordinating visits to surgeons or other physicians, mammography locations, lab test sites, hospitals, or other providers to meet each woman’s unique needs.   

The Institute also provides education and events focused around women’s health needs and interests. 

Upcoming programs include: A free educational program on “The Myths of Breast Cancer” presented by David Arbutina, M.D., October 11th, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at the Altoona Area Public Library. The program is open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served. RSVP requested by October 7th at 814-946-0417. The program is co-sponsored by the Altoona Area Public Library.

An educational program on “Breast Cancer Awareness” presented by Ruth Modzelewski, PhD, of Susan G. Komen for a Cure on October 25th at 5 pm at Epworth Manor located at 951 Washington Ave Tyrone, PA  16686.  Fee to attend is $5 per person. Check payable to Tyrone Hospital. The program is open to the public and includes dinner and door prizes.  The event is co-sponsored by BCWHI, Tyrone Hospital and Epworth Manor.  Tickets available by calling: (814) 682-1800.

Also, women who schedule their mammogram at Tyrone Hospital during October will receive a special gift for making a smart choice and taking care of themselves. The gift includes a selection of free offers and discounts from area merchants and restaurants that support breast cancer awareness.  Supporting businesses include Rhonda’s Retreat, Thelma’s Café, Tyrone Hospital Snack Bar, Mac’s Market, Rossi’s Corner Store, East End Pizza, Northern Blair County Recreation Center, Community Pharmacy, Epworth Manor, Upper Deck Screen Printers in Williamsburg and Williamsburg Original Italian Pizza (OIP).  Call today at (814) 684-6385 to schedule your mammogram.

This month you can also learn more about breast health through articles from the BCWHI in this column during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October and each month thereafter.

To learn more about the BWHI call (814) 470-7732 or visit www.BreastCancerInstitute.org.