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Breast Care Center
300 Stafford Street, Suite 310, Springfield, MA 01104

The technology you expect...The care you deserve.
Lisa Planeta, MD, FACS
Our multidisciplinary treatment center provides women with the most complete, accurate and prompt diagnosis and treatment possible. The center offers patients state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and advanced treatment options in one centralized location.

The Breast Care Center is staffed by health professionals dedicated to the newest techniques and treatments for diagnosis and recovery. Members include Lisa Planeta, MD, FACS, surgeon, Ivette Perez, Office Coordinator and Yacnira Rivera, Medical Assistant. Ivette and Yacnira serve as patient liaisons or "concierges" and work with patient throughout the care process by coordinating their appointments and treatment.

Breast Care Center—Definitive Diagnosis, Expert Treatment, Comprehensive and Coordinated Care
The Breast Care Center is available to treat women with a variety of symptoms and conditions, including cysts and lumps, breast pain, and breast cancer—all in one convenient location. A woman may also use the Breast Care Center if she has been referred to a breast surgeon, or simply wants a second opinion. Patients are scheduled for a physician appointment at the Breast Care Center within 24 hours after a problem is identified, such as an abnormal mammogram.

Services at the Breast Care Center are designed to assist a woman from the time of her initial symptoms or abnormal mammogram throughout the entire treatment process. These services include imaging, diagnosis, surgical and non-surgical treatments, radiation and medical oncology, and breast reconstruction.

Testing for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome
A mutation in the breast cancer genes (BRCA 1 or 2) is known to significantly increase a woman’s lifetime risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. However, once a woman is found to have a mutation, there are medical management options and surgical options available which are known to reduce the risk of developing these cancers. Therefore, it is important that women at risk who carry a mutation in the breast cancer genes (BRCA 1 or 2) are identified and tested. At the Breast Care Center your risk will be evaluated, and if elevated, a simple blood test will be used to screen for these genes.

Breast MRI
Breast MRI is a scan used for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities. It is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging but rather is a supplemental tool. The average breast MRI takes 30 minutes and requires an intravenous for a contrast injection. A report will be sent to your referring physician.

MRI Guided Breast Biopsy: Once your Breast MRI exam is reviewed, the radiologist will decide if you are a candidate for a biopsy and will discuss the case with Dr. Planeta. Dr. Planeta will discuss the MRI results with you and arrange a biopsy if needed.

Signa HDx 3.0T MR: One of the finest MRI exams available—greater detail for your doctor. An accurate diagnosis is key to your health. Mercy Medical Center offers the GE Signa HDx 3.0T MR system. It’s one of the most advanced MRI systems available—developed to make your exam quick and comfortable, with exceptional image quality to help your doctor provide you with answers. So your MRI experience will be worry-free. It’s MRI designed with you in mind.

For additional patient comfort, this system now includes Functional MRI, a patient entertainment system featuring a large 30” LCD screen and stereo headphones.

MAGNETOM Espree Open Bore MRI: Mercy Medical Center’s Diagnostic Imaging department also has the MAGNETOM Espree, the Open Bore MRI that accommodates everyone. The MAGNETOM Espree’s extra-large opening means it can comfortably accommodate patients of all sizes and is perfect for those who get anxious or claustrophobic during an MRI or anyone who just likes more space.

Breast studies conducted will be bilateral (both breasts done at one exam time) with one injection of contrast taking about 30 minutes. Previously, this procedure meant two separate exams, two injections of contrast with each exam lasting about 45 minutes.

With this leading-edge technology, it’s a pleasant experience for you and provides the highest diagnostic confidence for your doctor.

Lisa Planeta, MD, FACS, Surgeon, Breast Care Center
Services at the Breast Care Center are directed by Lisa Planeta, MD, FACS, a leading board-certified breast surgeon with extensive experience. A graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Dr. Planeta completed her internship and residency in general surgery at New England Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Planeta has an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biochemistry from Yale University.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Breast Care Center at Mercy Medical Center at 413-452-6600.

Comprehensive, Accredited Care You Can Trust
The Breast Care Center at Mercy Medical Center has been awarded a three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the following areas: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

“A diagnosis of breast cancer or breast disease can leave a patient with serious questions about where to turn for treatment. This accreditation provides an assurance to patients of the Mercy Breast Care Center that they will receive comprehensive care, including a full-range of state-of-the art services, and a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options,” said Lisa Planeta, MD, FACS, Breast Surgeon, Breast Care Center, Mercy Medical Center.

“The clinical team at the Mercy Breast Care Center has embraced standards of high quality care, always treating patients with dignity and compassion. The NAPBC accreditation provides independent, objective verification of the success of their dedicated efforts to provide quality breast care close to home,” said Scott Wolf, DO, MPH, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Mercy Medical Center.

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