Valley View Hospital receives $400,000 gift from former Calaway Young Cancer Center patient
According to U.S. breast cancer statistics, approximately one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.
Marlane Miller has battled the disease twice.
Recently it was announced that the breast cancer survivor and advocate who received treatment at the Calaway•Young Cancer Center had contributed $400,000 to advance breast health at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
The gift has allowed Valley View to acquire additional tools and equipment to advance its work of providing comprehensive and compassionate care to its patients.
“We have earmarked some of this very generous gift for several things at the hospital,” Jennifer Butterfield, MD, Valley View breast health team member and plastic and reconstructive surgeon with the Mount Sopris Plastic Surgery Center, said.
“One is our Tomosynthesis machine. That was something that we knew we needed to improve and get 3D mammography here. We have had that about a year now and that was something we were looking at when we received Marlane’s gift,” Butterfield said. “The ability to do MRI guided breast biopsies, that was another thing that we were able to do.”
Additionally, Miller’s gift has enabled the hospital to perform wireless breast biopsies.
Instead of a wire being placed for needle localization, doctors now insert a small, radiofrequency bead into a patient’s breast.
“Which means that women do not have to come in and have a wire sticking out of them while they are waiting to get their surgery,” Butterfield said.
After enduring difficulties at hospitals in Dallas during her first battle with breast cancer, Miller’s time at Valley View Hospital’s Calaway•Young Cancer Center was one she will never forget.
“In all the years of fear, pain and side-effects, I’ve never had the extraordinary treatment that I’ve received from the world class team of oncological professionals and angel nurses at the Calaway•Young Cancer Center,” Miller said in the news release.
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