Skin Cancer

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. The two most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and Melanoma, which is the deadliest.

To plan the best treatment for each patient, your MedStar St. Mary's Hospital specialists consider the location and size of the cancer, the risk of scarring, and the person's age, general health, and medical history. Fortunately, when treated at an early stage of development, many skin cancers have a very high rate of cure. Treatment for skin cancer usually involves some type of surgery. In some cases, doctors suggest radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Sometimes a combination of these methods is used.

At MedStar St. Mary's, we do not just treat skin cancer; we treat the whole patient, which is why we place so much value on continued care. Even though most skin cancers can be cured, the disease can recur in the same place. And, people who have been treated for skin cancer have a higher-than-average risk of developing a new cancer elsewhere on the skin. That's why it's important for individuals to continue to examine themselves regularly, to visit their doctor for regular check-ups, and to follow the doctor's instructions on how to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer again

Learn more about the types of skin cancer below.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell cancer starts in the top layer of the skin called the epidermis. Most basal cell cancers occur on skin that is regularly exposed to sunlight or other ultraviolet radiation.

Individuals are more likely to get basal cell cancer if he or she has:

  • Light-colored or freckled skin
  • Blue, green, or grey eyes
  • Blonde or red hair
  • Overexposure to x-rays or other forms of radiation
  • Many moles
  • Close relatives who have or had skin cancer
  • Many severe sunburns early in life
  • Long-term daily sun exposure (such as the sun exposure received by people who work outside)

The most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma frequently looks like a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump, or raised reddish patch that might be itchy. They can also appear to be flat, firm, pale or yellow areas, similar to a scar, or pink growths with raised edges. 

Other factors to look for include:

  • A skin sore that bleeds easily
  • A sore that does not heal
  • Oozing or crusting spots in a sore
  • A scar-like sore without having injured the area
  • Irregular blood vessels in or around the spot
  • A sore with a depressed (sunken) area in the middle

Suspicious areas can also look like dry, rough, scaly patches or spots that may be flesh-colored or pink-red. Known as actinic keratoses, these spots usually appear on areas prone to frequent sun exposure: the neck, head, hands, and forearms. People with one actinic keratosis often develop many more. These spots could stay the same, clear up on their own, or develop into squamous cell carcinoma, so seeking a professional opinion is key.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Red firm bumps, scaly patches, wart-like growths, sores that heal but then come back could be indicative of squamous cell carcinoma. The rims of the ears, neck, back, face, arms, and chest are frequently affected by these growths, which can develop deep in the skin and spread to other areas of the body. The earliest form (squamous cell carcimoma in situ) can appear as a scaly, crusted, and large reddish patch that can be larger than 1 inch. A sore that does not heal can be a sign of squamous cell cancer.

Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Merkel cells make up one of the skin’s top layers. Merkel Cell Carcinoma is a rare type of cancer that affects these skin cells. It generally affects parts of the skin exposed to the sun, including the limbs, head, and neck. The symptoms of Merkel cell carcinoma may be similar to the symptoms for other problems.

Make sure to talk to a doctor if you notice a lump that:

  • Appears on parts of the skin exposed to the sun such as the head, neck, arms, and legs
  • Does not hurt
  • Grows quickly
  • Is red or purplish

Melanoma

Melanoma, the deadliest form of cancer, usually develops in a mole or suddenly appears as a new dark spot on the skin. It is important to notice changes in a mole — such as its size, shape, or color — because that may be a sign that melanoma is developing.

The most important changes to look for in a mole include:

  • Growth, bleeding, or itching
  • Asymmetrical appearance (left and right sides of mole do not look identical)
  • Irregular, blurry, or jagged edges
  • Color change including loss, spreading, darkening, loss of color, or the appearance of multiple colors
  • Large size: a diameter greater than 6 mm (the size of a pencil eraser)
  • Raised above the skin with an uneven surface

You should also consult your doctor if you notice any lesions or areas of damaged skin. This includes lesions that:

  • Appear smooth or waxy
  • Grow in a cluster that is pink or red with a shiny or scaly appearance
  • Heal and reopen repeatedly
  • Form as a brown or black streak underneath a nail

Early Detection & Skin Checks

Being aware of your normal pattern of moles, freckles, and blemishes is key. Checking your own skin frequently can help find many skin cancers early, when they are easier to treat. Some skin cancers, such as Basal Cell Carcinoma, can invade the surrounding tissue and grow into the nerves and bones. Preventing permanent damage starts with doing regular skin checks, keeping appointments for routine physicals, and seeing a doctor right away with any skin concerns.

When doing a self-exam, note your standard birthmarks, moles, and other blemishes, and have a partner help inspect hard-to-reach areas like your back and neck. Regular exams are especially important for those at a higher risk of skin cancer: people with reduced immunity; those who have had skin cancer before; and people with a strong family history of the disease.

Spot changes to your skin and moles by doing a monthly skin self-exam, using a full-length mirror, if possible.

  • Look at your sides with your arms raised.
  • Bend your elbows and look at your forearms and upper arms. Don’t forget to look at your hands.
  • Sit down to look at the front and back of your legs and feet. Remember to look between your toes and on the bottom of your feet.
  • Check the back of your neck and your scalp. Try using a handheld mirror for a better look.

Contact Us Today

Cancer Care & Infusion Services
MedStar St. Mary's Outpatient Pavilion, First Floor
25500 Point Lookout Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: 301-475-6070

To find a Primary Care Provider, click here

To find a Dermatologist, click here

Protect Your Skin

  • Use sunscreen outdoors. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection. 
  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is most intense. If you are outside, seek shade.
  • Do not participate in indoor tanning. 
  • Wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection.
  • Be aware of medications that increase your sun sensitivity, like certain antibiotics, antihistamines, and antidepressants. 

What's in a Sunscreen?

While you should use sunscreen every day of the year, it’s even more important during summertime, when the days are longer, the sun is stronger, and it’s easier to spend more time outdoors. Use the following tips when selecting your sunscreen: 

  • Choose a sunscreen with “broad spectrum” protection. Sunscreens with this label protect against both UVA and UVB rays. All sunscreen products protect against UVB rays, which are the main cause of sunburn. But UVA rays also contribute to skin cancer and premature aging. 
  • Make sure your sunscreen has a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher. The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays. Higher SPF numbers do mean more protection, but the higher you go, the smaller the difference becomes. 
  • No sunscreens are waterproof or sweatproof. For best results, reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and even more often if you are swimming or sweating.
  • Sunscreens are designed to remain at original strength for up to three years. This means that you can use leftover sunscreen from one year to the next. Some sunscreens include an expiration date — a date indicating when they're no longer effective. Discard sunscreen that is past its expiration date.

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East Run Center

Opened in early 2018, the new East Run Center is a 45,000-square-foot community health center offering primary care, behavioral health, laboratory services, community education, and more. The first floor of the multistory medical arts building hosts integrated care through MedStar St. Mary's Hospital to better serve patients promptly and conveniently.

MedStar Health Primary Care Services 

Whether you’re suffering from a chronic condition or a sudden cold, visit MedStar St. Mary's outpatient primary care office located in Lexington Park for a wide-range of family care services, including preventive medicine and sick care. Learn more.

  • Preventive medicine
  • Sick care and injuries
  • Chronic medical condition management
  • Urgent medical care
  • Annual and sports physicals
  • School forms
  • Immunizations, including flu shots
  • Preoperative consults
  • Health promotion and education
  • Nurse phone line available 8 hours/day to speak with an RN regarding medical concerns, advice, and appointments

AccessHealth 

Managing a chronic health condition can be challenging, especially for those with limited access to transportation. With our AccessHealth program, getting the support you need to get well and stay well is easy. Our program provides clinical care coordination performed by registered nurses, who will visit your home and make a Care Plan that meets your needs. He or she will go over your medical history with you and record all your medications, learn about any conditions or diseases you may have, and review your diet with you. This will help you stay well and at home in your community. If needed, a clinical care coordinator will accompany you to healthcare appointments. 

AccessHealth also has neighborhood wellness advocates — members of your own community who can assist in arranging transportation, scheduling and preparing for medical appointments. If needed, a neighborhood wellness advocate will also accompany you to healthcare appointments. Anyone can make a referral to AccessHealth on his or her behalf, or for another person. Call Health Connections at 301-475-6019 for more information.

MedStar St. Mary's Outpatient Laboratory 

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital offers phlebotomy services at various locations. Patients must register for all scheduled appointments. The last specimen collection is performed 15 minutes prior to closing at each site. 

  • General blood testing - walk-ins accepted 
  • Glucose tolerance tests - appointment required 

LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics

Should your insurance require that you utilize LabCorp and Quest for your laboratory services, you must present their completed requisition form to the location for all of your laboratory needs.  

Axis Healthcare Behavioral Health Services

Medical Director of the Behavioral Health Department at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital, Harry Gill, MD, PhD, is dedicated to providing expanded mental health care in our community. His commitment to offering patients the latest in quality and convenient care is evidenced in his partnership with MedStar to provide mental health services through Axis Healthcare at the same location with our primary care physicians in Lexington Park. Dr. Gill and his team specialize in a variety of mental health areas affecting adolescents and adulthood.

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Eating Disorders
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Memory Disorders
  • Mood Disorders (Depression, Bipolar Disorders)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (childhood and adult)

Contact Us

MedStar Health Primary Care

East Run Center
45870 East Run Drive
Lexington Park
PHONE 240-895-8600
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Axis Healthcare Behavioral Health 

East Run Center
45870 East Run Drive
Lexington Park
PHONE 301-363-2575
AxisHealthCareGroup.com 

Laboratory Center 

East Run Center
45870 East Run Drive
Lexington Park
Open Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
PHONE 240-895-8618
FAX 240-895-8619
Click here for all Laboratory Center locations

Education Classroom

East Run Center features a meeting room for use by community groups and organizations, including MedStar St. Mary's Hospital's Community Outreach Department. Some support groups and various events through Health Connections will be held in the education classroom on the first floor of the building. Visit MedStarStMarys.org/Calendar for a full list of classes and events. 

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Construction

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Construction Updates

If you visit our campus during the next few months, you may notice multiple construction projects taking place throughout the hospital. There will be a variety of large equipment, construction crews, and contractors on site. 

Please be patient as we make improvements to serve you better.

Improving the Patient Experience

A massive renovation of the hospital’s old Atrium began late last year. The dining area was completely gutted and has been redesigned to create additional seating and a more modern, welcoming environment. The new space will feature a divider so that guests still have a place to eat while the other half of the room is being used for meetings or events by hospital staff and our community partners. The dining area will feature new state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and will nearly double the seating capacity of the old dining area. Finishes, furniture, and décor were selected over the summer to ensure the finished Atrium is a welcoming environment for our visitors, patients, and associates to enjoy. We appreciate your patience as we draw closer to unveiling this new space later in 2018!

Way-finding 

New way-finding directories and maps have been installed throughout the hospital to help our visitors find their way more easily.

Creating a Cleaner Environment

Flooring throughout the second and third floors was replaced during the spring and summer. Worn carpet was changed for solid-surface flooring, which is easier to clean and maintain.

Advancing Communications

New computer network cabling and wireless access points have been installed throughout the building as MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital prepares to join MedConnect in 2019, the electronic health record used throughout MedStar Health. MedConnect bridges the communication gap, allowing patient records to be seen by different providers throughout hospitals and doctors’ offices across the system.

Improving Working Conditions

Three large air handler units are being replaced on the first floor of the hospital. The units cooled many of our support areas including linens and the kitchen. The new units will allow for better cooling of these locations, allowing our staff to perform their jobs in a more comfortable environment.

Emergency Department

Planning for a refresh of the Emergency Department (ED)’s main lobby and waiting area has also begun. Thanks to the generosity of hospital associates, community members, physicians, local businesses, and the Leonardtown Rotary during the annual Power to Heal campaign, the ED will receive new furnishings, privacy screens, charging stations, and more to better accommodate the 50,000-plus patients served each year.

Nurses' Station

The nurses’ station in Medical/Surgical/Pediatrics will begin its transformation later this year (2018). Modernized with a fresh design, the new second-floor station will allow for better communication with visitors and increased privacy.

Información médica y recursos en Español

Como parte de los continuos esfuerzos de MedStar St. Mary’s para ser una fuente confiable de información sobre atención médica para los hispanohablantes del sur de Maryland y del condado de St. Mary's, hemos lanzado en la página web contenido dedicado a las personas que hablan español para ofrecerles una mejor experiencia en línea, con un acceso más fácil a información médica y recursos en español.

Enclavado en la comunidad ribereña de Leonardtown, Maryland, MedStar St. Mary's Hospital es un hospital de servicios completos que ofrece la más moderna atención médica de emergencia, cuidados intensivos y atención ambulatoria. Con tecnología innovadora y dedicación a la excelencia, nuestro personal se ha comprometido a brindarle a usted y a su familia atención médica de calidad con trato compasivo. Ya sea que usted reciba atención médica, utilice terapia de rehabilitación o participe en una evaluación médica comunitaria, la prioridad de MedStar St. Mary's Hospital es proporcionarle una experiencia de atención médica positiva.

Ubicado justo detrás del edificio principal del hospital, el Pabellón Ambulatorio (Outpatient Pavilion) del MedStar St. Mary's Hospital alberga nuestros Servicios de Tratamiento del Cáncer e Infusión, Médicos Especialistas de St. Mary's, Imágenes Diagnósticas y Laboratorio para pacientes ambulatorios, Conexiones de Salud (Health Connections) y la oficina de Mercadeo, Relaciones Públicas y Filantropía.

También ofrecemos servicios de farmacia ambulatoria en la Farmacia MedStar del MedStar St. Mary's Hospital ubicada a la entrada del Departamento de Emergencias del hospital.  La Farmacia MedStar ofrece a todos –pacientes ambulatorios, clientes sin cita, asociados y pacientes del hospital– servicios amistosos y confiables de medicamentos recetados y varios medicamentos sin receta, a la venta.

Números telefónicos importantes 

Tenga en cuenta que: su médico es quien debe responder a sus preguntas sobre preocupaciones médicas. Si no tiene un médico, por favor llame al 301-475-6088 para una remisión. Los empleados de MedStar St. Mary's Hospital no responderán a consultas médicas específicas con respecto al estado o enfermedad de un paciente. 


Esta página se seguirá actualizando a medida que se identifiquen nuevos temas de importancia y lo cual se hayan traducido al español. Todas las URL de sitios web y los números de teléfono importantes que aparecen lo dirigirán a contenido y oradores en inglés.

Contáctenos 

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital     
25500 Point Lookout Road    
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Teléfono: 301-475-8981 
TTY: 301-475-6484 (Emergencia)  
TTY: 301-475-8538 (Recursos Humanos)

Visite nuestra sección de empleos para obtener una lista completa de los trabajos disponibles en MedStar St. Mary's Hospital.

No dude en llamar con cualquier pregunta a nuestro Departamento de Recursos Humanos al 301-475-6018.

Si tiene una emergencia, por favor llame al 9-1-1 para ayuda inmediata.


Revista para la comunidad

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Sepsis

Sepsis Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

Sometimes referred to as septicemia or blood poisoning, sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection, such as pneumonia, influenza, or urinary tract infections. Some people are at higher risk of developing sepsis, including the very young, the very old, those with chronic illnesses, and those with a weakened or impaired immune system. Sepsis is not contagious. However, if sepsis is not treated early, it can damage your organs and can even cause death.

Some people are at higher risk of developing sepsis, including the very young, the very old, those with chronic illnesses, and those with a weakened or impaired immune system. Sepsis is not contagious, however, if sepsis is not treated early, it can damage your organs and can even cause death.

 

How You Can Help Prevent Infections

  • Follow infection control requirements, like hand hygiene, and receive recommended vaccines (e.g., flu and pneumococcal).
  • Think sepsis. Know sepsis signs and symptoms to identify and treat the disease early.
  • Act fast. If sepsis is suspected, get medical attention immediately. 

Signs and Symptoms of Sepsis

  • S ► Shivering, fever, or very cold
  • E ► Extreme pain or discomfort
  • P ► Pale, discolored, clammy or sweaty skin
  • S ► Sleepy, confusion or disorientation
  • I ►" I feel like I might die."
  • S ► Shortness of breath

Vital Signs & Biomarker Levels

The key to detecting sepsis early is accurate and timely completion and documentation of vital signs. Any changes or trends in vital signs should also be noted. If you or a member of your family has any of these symptoms, go to the Emergency Department immediately! 

  • Body Temperature: less than 96.8 F or greater than 100.4 F
  • Heart Rate: more than 90 beats per minute 
  • Respiratory Rate: more than 20 breaths per minute
  • Very Low Blood Pressure

Diagnosis of Sepsis

Unlike diseases or conditions like diabetes or kidney stones, there is no one test that can tell you have sepsis. Diagnosis is made after your doctor evaluates your symptoms, your history, and other tests that may indicate you have an infection. This can then lead your doctor to suspect you have sepsis. Some tests that may be done to determine if a patient has sepsis include:

Some tests that may be done to determine if a patient has sepsis include:

Blood Tests

  • Complete blood count
  • Lacate
  • C-reactive protein
  • Blood culture
  • Prothrombin time and partial thromboplastin time (PT and PTT), platelet count, and d-dimer

Diagnostic Tests

  • Chest X-Ray (CXR)

Urine Tests 

  • Urinalysis
  • Urine culture

Treatment for Sepsis  

Sepsis is a medical emergency and needs to be treated as quickly and efficiently as possible. Treatments often include multiple types of antibiotics and IV fluids, such as saline.

Visit sepsis.org to learn more.

Get immediate medical attention if you have any signs or symptoms of an infection or sepsis.

To find an emergency care specialist at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital, call 301-475-6111.


According to the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA), sepsis is among the top 10 most common and potentially preventable complications across Maryland hospitals, and it is also a leading cause of mortality and readmission. Continually rising sepsis rates spurred the MHA to partner with the Maryland Patient Safety Commission to create an 18-month collaborative of 11 Maryland hospitals to work toward reducing hospital sepsis mortality.

MedStar St. Mary’s participated in the state program and is a partner in Cohort 2 of the Improving Sepsis Survival Initiative via the Maryland Patient Safety Center. The hospital is also helping to take the efforts to the next level by partnering with other regional hospitals to establish a Southern Maryland Collaborative in order to offer education, facilitate networking, and establish joint problem-solving.

Concussions

A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works.

Concussions can occur in any athletic activity, as well as a motor vehicle crash or fall. Most concussions occur without a loss of consciousness. A healthcare provider with expertise in concussion management should evaluate all concussions. The primary risks of not receiving a medical evaluation may include:

  • Increased risk for severe brain injury or death (Second Impact Syndrome)
  • Prolonged symptoms
  • Difficulties with schoolwork and other activities
  • Delayed return to sport

During recovery, exercising or activities that involve a lot of concentration (such as studying, working on the computer or playing video games) may cause concussion symptoms to reappear or get worse.

Concussion Signs & Symptoms

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Exhibits moody behavior or personality changes
  • Can't recall events prior to hit or fall
  • Has a headache or "pressure" in head
  • Exhibits nausea or vomiting
  • Has balance problems or dizziness
  • Experiences double or blurry vision
  • Has sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feels sluggish or foggy
  • Has concentration or memory problems
  • Does not feel right or is feeling down

Concussions and TBI

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow, jolt or bump to the head or a penetrating brain injury (from blunt trauma, vehicle crashes, falls, and sports) that disrupts the normal function of the brain. More than 1.5 million people suffer from these types of brain injuries. Adolescents, young adults, and older adults are the majority of patients who suffer from mild TBI.

While some patients receive emergency care and even an appropriate diagnosis of mild TBI, many do not. Despite the persistence of symptoms— headache, confusion, pain, cognitive and/or memory problems, fatigue, changes in sleep patterns and mood, dizziness/vertigo—people who suffer from concussions often do not get the necessary evaluation, testing or treatment by brain injury specialists.

Concussion Clinic

The Concussion Clinic is a unique outpatient service of the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network that offers highly specialized services for people suffering from the lingering—and often life altering—results of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Our staff provides the correct treatment those who need help with long-term cognitive impairment but do not require hospitalization.

The MedStar NRH Network Concussion Program includes an assessment by a physician and/or neuropsychologist. At some sites, evaluations may be conducted by other trained healthcare professionals.

Evaluation includes:

  • Neurologic examination 

  • Balance testing 

  • Review of medications 

  • Neuropsychological assessment 

  • For athletes, if previous screening was done with ImPACT, testing may be repeated 


The physician and neuropsychologist consult after the evaluation to make a treatment plan, which may include referrals for rehabilitation treatments or further medical consultations, such as:

  • Physical therapy for concussion rehab and vestibular therapy.
  • OT and SLP, as indicated.

The Role of Physical Therapy in the Treatment of Concussion


Concussion services include physical therapy to address persisting symptoms of fatigue, vestibular/balance issues, as well as head and neck pain. The NRH Rehabilitation Network has trained physical therapists to assess individual symptoms and limitations. The physical therapist designs a treatment plan specific to the individual’s needs which can include vestibular, manual and cardiovascular therapy.

Vestibular Therapy — the vestibular system, the inner ear and its connections with the brain, is responsible for balance. The physical therapist provides specific exercises and training to reduce/stop dizziness and improve overall balance and stability.

Manual Physical Therapy — is used to decrease Cranio-cervical dysfunction in the head and neck area to restore normal mobility. This includes cranial release, muscle energy techniques, and myofascial release.

Aerobic/Cardiovascular Therapy — improving and restoring normal cardiovascular activity is a key component to recovery. The physical therapist helps to establish guidelines to resume physical activity gradually. In addition, the therapist works closely with athletic trainers, personal trainers, coaches and parents to design a return to play program that will assist with providing the greatest amount of recovery in a safe and realistic time frame.

Common Causes:

  • Blunt trauma or acceleration or deceleration from motor vehicle crashes, falls firearm use, sport, and recreation

Common Patient Population:

  • Adolescents and young adults (ages 15 to 24)
  • Older adults (age 65 and older)


If you suspect a concussion, seek medical attention right away.

Call our MedStar Sports Medicine specialist Christian C. Glaser, DO, at (301) 290-5300 to make an appointment.


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Conditions

Gastroenterology refers to a branch of medicine that focuses on the digestive system, which comprises such organs as the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon (large intestine), and rectum. A subspecialty, called hepatology, focuses on the path of bile in digestion through the liver, bile ducts, gall bladder, and pancreas. 

Patients with conditions of the digestive tract often suffer for years before their conditions are accurately diagnosed and treated. MedStar Health doctors are nationally recognized gastroenterologists and hepatologists who can diagnose your condition, provide effective treatments and therapies, and improve your quality of life.

Learn more about some of the gastrointestinal, liver, and pancreatic conditions we treat:

Treatments

The breast care experts at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital provide comprehensive breast care for both women and men and treat a wide range of breast conditions, including breast cancer and benign breast disease. For those who need extra care, our doctors are the gateway to specialized treatment.

Breast Cancer Treatments

Deciding on surgery is often difficult and emotional, and our doctors take the time to help you make sense of all the considerations, including physical health, appearance, and psychological and social concerns. When surgery is recommended, we consult the latest research findings to ensure the best care.

Our program offers a team approach, with breast surgeons who remove tumors and partner closely with skilled plastic surgeons for reconstruction. All patients have the option to meet with a plastic surgeon beforehand to discuss the wide array of reconstruction options. We use the latest methods available, including breast-conserving approaches. Our surgeons are leaders in the field of nipple- and skin-sparing mastectomy. They also work to minimize scarring while ensuring the cancer is removed.

  • Breast surgery - including breast-conserving and nipple- and skin-sparing procedures
  • Breast chemotherapy - including chemo-prevention for high-risk patients
  • Breast radiation - including single-dose, targeted intra-operative radiation therapy, or TARGIT IORT
  • Targeted therapies for breast cancer - including the latest advances against breast cancer
  • Breast Endocrine (Hormone) Therapy - including estrogen blockers

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A Team Approach to Breast Health

MedStar Women's Specialty Center welcomes the chance to help you with an initial diagnosis or offer a second opinion. During your visit, our highly-trained breast surgery specialists – including nurses, social workers, psychologists and others – will be involved in your care. Our team of experts will work with you to develop a treatment plan for your unique condition and determine the best type of breast surgery, if needed.

Procedures performed and minimally-invasive treatment options include:

  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
  • Oncoplasty
  • Immediate Breast Reconstruction
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Prophylactic Mastectomy
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Learn more about breast surgery options ►

Contact Us Today

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital 
Cancer Care & Infusion Services - Outpatient Pavilion
25500 Point Lookout Road 
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: 301-475-6070

MedStar Women's Specialty Center
40900 Merchants Lane Suite 102
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: 301- 997-1315

Breast Patient Navigators

MedStar St. Mary's Breast Patient Navigators assist patients who receive abnormal results by offering education about breast health and procedures, collecting test results, as well as providing information about doctors and other resources.
 
Our navigators understand that some of the greatest challenges patients face may not be medical. Patients might need help with childcare, finances, marital issues and transportation, and our Breast Patient Navigators are there to help in any way they can, improving the patient outcomes as a whole.