Community Hospital opens rapid diagnostic clinic

Community Hospital has launched a clinic to help patients more quickly identify the reasons for breast changes.

The rapid diagnostic clinic is located in the breast imaging department in the Grand Junction hospital.

The clinic provides patients with an initial assessment; diagnostic testing, which may include imaging and biopsy; and plans for follow-up care or treatment. Patients and their primary care physicians are notified of the results. Patient and their medical care teams determine next steps.

“Most breast changes are not breast cancer, and patients find great comfort in learning the results in a more timely manner rather than worrying for several days or weeks,” said Dr. Courtney Fulton, a breast and melanoma surgeon at Community Hospital. “Additionally, when a potential cancer is identified in the mammogram, utilizing the RDC will provide answers more quickly and help patients with cancer get treated sooner.”

Some indicators of breast cancer include a new lump in the breast or underarm, thickening or swelling of part of the breast, irritation or dimpling of the breast skin, redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast, pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area, nipple discharge other than breast milk, any change in the size or shape of the breast and pain in any area of the breast. These symptoms can occur with other conditions that are not cancer.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment for a mammogram, call 644-3157 or visit the website at www.YourCommunityHospital.com/BreastCareCenter.