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Northwest Community opens new clinic for breast cancer patients

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Northwest Community Healthcare opened a High Risk Breast Clinic this week on its main campus in Arlington Heights.

The clinic at 880 W. Central Road Suite 5000 is intended for patients found to have an elevated lifetime risk for developing breast cancer.

"Having a high risk clinic at NCH provides more comprehensive care for breast health," said Dr. Katherine Hansen, breast surgeon at the hospital. "This allows women to know and understand their lifetime breast cancer risk and empowers them, through personalized risk assessment, education and information from the most up-to-date guidelines, to make decisions regarding screening and prevention of cancer."

The High Risk Breast Clinic team includes fellowship-trained breast surgeons, specially trained nurses and other team members who coordinate scheduling and pre-authorization of diagnostic imaging tests. They also provide referrals for resources and support, such as psychological counseling and nutrition information.