There will be women who are spared a breast biopsy thanks to a gift of ultrasound technology from Frank and Diana Llaneza and their family.
Each day more than a hundred and fifty women turn to The Breast Center at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital for advanced diagnostic and treatment options. They are usually women who are at high risk for breast cancer, or who had received results of a suspicious lump from a previous exam.
“Women in our family have needed the services of The Breast Center,” said daughter Carol Jean Llaneza-Jones. “And all of us have received care from one or more areas throughout St. Joseph’s. Helping the hospital have what it needs to provide for the community is a pleasure.”
The Breast Ultrasound plays a vital role in the diagnostic process, serving as an additional diagnostic exam for women with an abnormal mammogram to determine if a biopsy is recommended. Following the detection of a mass, an ultrasound uses sound waves to differentiate a solid tumor from a cyst, where biopsies are usually unnecessary.
The Llaneza’s gift of $100,000 immediately made possible for an additional ultrasound, featuring the most advanced technology and large flatscreen for superior viewing. An additional 50 women each week – or 2,500 in the next year – will now be able to have an ultrasound faster and more conveniently.