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Breast Cancer

Centegra’s Commitment to Breast Health

Centegra’s Breast Program has earned outstanding recognition and approval from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Meeting the most rigorous standards, this accreditation demonstrates our proactive commitment to providing you the best care, treatment options, and support. Accreditation by the NAPBC is granted only to those programs that are voluntarily committed to providing the best-possible care to patients with diseases of the breast.

Centegra is also the only health system in McHenry County to provide 3-D mammography, known as tomosynthesis, to women in the region. This advanced technology creates enhanced images so physicians have better breast images and women have peace of mind.

Breast Cancer Facts

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Studies have shown that, when detected early, the chance for successful treatment of breast cancer is nearly 100 percent.

Methods for early detection of breast cancer include clinical examinations by a healthcare professional and mammography. In most cases, mammography can identify an abnormal breast mass as much as two years before it can be detected by touch. Visit the Breast Cancer Prevention page to learn more about early detection and self-exams.

Breast Care Multidisciplinary Team

The highly skilled caregivers at the Centegra Gavers Breast Center work together as a team to develop a customized plan for each patient who needs additional diagnostics or follow-up treatment. Their combined knowledge and experience contributes to a well-rounded approach that is mindful of your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. We nurture the whole person and care as much about your personal journey as we do about your health.

A Collaboration of Experts

The Centegra Gavers Breast Center is led by two medical directors who specialize in breast surgery. They lead a multidisciplinary team that collaborates to provide you with the best possible outcomes.

In addition to highly skilled breast surgeons, Centegra’s breast care team includes:

  • On-site radiologists who provide diagnostic imaging results within 24 to 48 hours
  • Surgeons and oncologists who specialize in breast health
  • Specialists in emotional, nutritional and financial support
  • Genetic counselor

Breast Health Navigator

Lynn Griesmaier, RN, MS, plays a special supporting role for individuals who come to Centegra for breast care. She provides hands-on education and support while guiding you through the treatment process, helping schedule physician appointments and answering your questions and concerns. Lynn offers you and your family comfort and guidance based on her extensive knowledge of breast health issues. Her kind words and experience provide a comforting presence throughout your treatment.

Contact Lynn Griesmaier at (815) 788-2290 for more information.

Specialized Cancer Services

If you require additional care, our multidisciplinary team customizes your care plan and seamlessly works with your referring physician, surgeons, oncologists, subspecialists, and the staff at the Centegra Sage Cancer Center to ensure all your treatment needs are met.

The Centegra Sage Cancer Center provides a team of highly specialized oncology professionals, oncology-certified nurses and advanced cancer technologies including radiation oncology and infusion therapy services. The center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.