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Breast cancer surgery coming to Portage

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Breast cancer surgeries will be offered at the Portage District General Hospital in August of this year after a new neoprobe was purchased thanks to a big donation made this year. (file photo)

Breast cancer surgeries will be offered at the Portage District General Hospital in August of this year after a new neoprobe was purchased thanks to a big donation made this year. (file photo)

Money, time, and of course, lives, will all be saved thanks to a new surgery set to be offered at the Portage District General Hospital (PDGH).

Southern Health-Sante Sud is pleased to announce that breast cancer surgeries will be offered in Portage la Prairie come August thanks to a large donation which enabled the hospital to purchase a new neoprobe, a tool needed to make the surgery less invasive for patients.

"We’re actually quite excited about it,” says Southern Health executive director, Marianne Woods. “Dr. Nostedt has been in Portage for some time and she will be able to perform the breast lumpectomy with sentinel node dissection because of the neoprobe. That helps determine if there has been any spread of cancer beyond the primary tumor to the lymphatic system.”

The surgery will be done in partnership with the Breast Health Centre in Winnipeg.  The neoprobe helps detect which lymph nodes are cancerous and should be removed and will make for a much less invasive procedure then what was traditionally done, where surgeons would take out the lump and all the lymph nodes just to be safe.

“It’s huge for the Portage and the surrounding area,” says Woods. “Patients won’t have as long of a wait time for the same surgery that’s offered now in Winnipeg. They’ll be able to remain close to home and close to their support systems. It’s just much better, an enhanced service for women diagnosed with breast cancer.” 

The folks at Central Plains Cancer Services are excited that breast cancer surgeries will be offered for rural patients, even though everyone’s cancer journey is a little different.

“We love to see when some of the procedures that were previously only being done in our bigger centres are now being offered rurally,” says CPCS executive director, Sharilyn Knox. “I can’t say all surgeries will be done here in Portage for breast cancer patients, but it’s nice that some can. Rural patients will be close to home with family and friends, which is really exciting.”

Dr. Nostedt will be able to conduct breast cancer surgeries here in Portage la Prairie in August at the Portage District General Hospital.

 

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